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From the international bestselling author of Unraveling Oliver, an “unputdownable psychological thriller with an ending that lingers long after turning the final page” (The Irish Times) about a Dublin family whose dark secrets and twisted relationships are suddenly revealed. My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it. On the surface, Lydia F From the international bestselling author of Unraveling Oliver, an “unputdownable psychological thriller with an ending that lingers long after turning the final page” (The Irish Times) about a Dublin family whose dark secrets and twisted relationships are suddenly revealed. My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it. On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax. For fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn, this novel is a “seductively sinister story. The twists come together in a superbly scary denouncement, which delivers a final sting in the tail. Brilliantly macabre” (Sunday Mirror).


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From the international bestselling author of Unraveling Oliver, an “unputdownable psychological thriller with an ending that lingers long after turning the final page” (The Irish Times) about a Dublin family whose dark secrets and twisted relationships are suddenly revealed. My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it. On the surface, Lydia F From the international bestselling author of Unraveling Oliver, an “unputdownable psychological thriller with an ending that lingers long after turning the final page” (The Irish Times) about a Dublin family whose dark secrets and twisted relationships are suddenly revealed. My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it. On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax. For fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn, this novel is a “seductively sinister story. The twists come together in a superbly scary denouncement, which delivers a final sting in the tail. Brilliantly macabre” (Sunday Mirror).

30 review for Lying in Wait

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    I chose this book on the description given by the publisher, I just could not resist it. The first line of the book is a killer, it just draws you into this extraordinary dark and disturbing psychological thriller. It is set in 1980s Dublin. The characters are loathsome, yet you cannot help but want to know more about them. The more you read, the murkier the story becomes, as it delves in depth into the two disparate families. There is the respectable family of the Judge, his wife and son, Laure I chose this book on the description given by the publisher, I just could not resist it. The first line of the book is a killer, it just draws you into this extraordinary dark and disturbing psychological thriller. It is set in 1980s Dublin. The characters are loathsome, yet you cannot help but want to know more about them. The more you read, the murkier the story becomes, as it delves in depth into the two disparate families. There is the respectable family of the Judge, his wife and son, Laurence. Buried in their garden, is the body of Annie, a junkie and prostitute. Then there is Annie's sister who is looking for her. It is brilliantly plotted to ratchet up the tension and suspense. It crawls beneath the surface of obsessive love and lays bare its darkness. The insights into this mother and son relationship are mesmerising. Liz Nugent does remarkable character development and her writing is exquisite. This is a twisted tale that is going to linger for quite a while in your head. Thanks to Penguin for an ARC via netgalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    FIVE PERFECT STARS Go ahead, click on Want to Read. Because you do. You will. You must. I’m at a loss here. Positively verklempt. How do I tell you how perfect this book is without gushing? When other books fail to reach my expectations, I can rattle off the reasons I didn’t like it. With great ones, I just stumble all over myself. I apologize. I knew this book would be good, I just didn’t know how good. The answer is: LYING IN WAIT is the new standard that all psychological suspense and crime fic FIVE PERFECT STARS Go ahead, click on Want to Read. Because you do. You will. You must. I’m at a loss here. Positively verklempt. How do I tell you how perfect this book is without gushing? When other books fail to reach my expectations, I can rattle off the reasons I didn’t like it. With great ones, I just stumble all over myself. I apologize. I knew this book would be good, I just didn’t know how good. The answer is: LYING IN WAIT is the new standard that all psychological suspense and crime fiction novels should strive for. Liz Nugent just wrote the handbook and I fear that very few writers could achieve such perfection in this genre. The thing is, if you found her debut UNRAVELING OLIVER too much of a slow burn -I know a ton of readers did, you will not find that with LYING IN WAIT. I read this book almost in one day. It is utterly addicting and you will be hooked at the very first line. The need to know what is happening becomes almost unbearable as you read. Once again, Nugent has created an engrossing family drama that spans many years and is set in Dublin. It is simply the story of two families linked inexplicably by a murder. At the heart of the novel is a morbidly unhealthy, but completely fascinating, connection between a mother and son. There are only a few characters in this book and each one is fully dissected for the reader to analyze. Each character has a chance to tell their part in the story side by side with the others. I am in awe of how Nugent was able to superbly structure this story in such a natural flowing way. There is no flipping back and forth between timelines (ugh, I’m so over that). Nugent is a master at pushing the uncomfortable envelope towards the reader, without going over the top. The story is tense and exciting, full of twists and unexpected turns. It's dark and dramatic. Gothic feeling and weird! That ending - all I can say is GENIUS. I can’t stop gushing, please forgive me. Now, mark your calendar for June 12 or just go ahead and pre-order it. Place a hold or get in line at the library. You will not want to miss this one! Thank you to Netgalley! I was given the galley to read and review, all opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elyse

    Christmas Day is Lydia’s only son, Lawrence’s birthday, and the day her husband, Andrew died.....displacing a turkey carcass from its serving platter, falling face down across the table, his hair in turkey grease. ...Andrew drove a vintage jaguar sedan... wore a trilby hat. He killed a girl named Annie. ...Lydia says it was an accident - but she deserved it...... ...Lydia isn’t an innocent bystander, ...Lawrence isn’t an innocent bystander... The one person you trust may be telling you only half th Christmas Day is Lydia’s only son, Lawrence’s birthday, and the day her husband, Andrew died.....displacing a turkey carcass from its serving platter, falling face down across the table, his hair in turkey grease. ...Andrew drove a vintage jaguar sedan... wore a trilby hat. He killed a girl named Annie. ...Lydia says it was an accident - but she deserved it...... ...Lydia isn’t an innocent bystander, ...Lawrence isn’t an innocent bystander... The one person you trust may be telling you only half the story...... ...psychological taunting suspenseful complexities... ...compulsively readable — ...I had to make myself pause to admire Liz Nugent’s sly calm nervy assurance of her craft!! I’m a huge Liz Nugent fan!!!! LOVED IT!!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie - Traveling Sister

    Loved this book! If there were ever a book to capture dark, comedic noir, this would be the one for 2018. This book is incredibly twisted, and yet there was levity and humor despite the darkness of the book. I felt “WTF?!” in the best way when reading this! Liz Nugent really has a talent for writing. I loved how this book was told like the characters repeating a story from some point in time after the events had happened, rather than experiencing it live. That may not sound appealing, but I belie Loved this book! If there were ever a book to capture dark, comedic noir, this would be the one for 2018. This book is incredibly twisted, and yet there was levity and humor despite the darkness of the book. I felt “WTF?!” in the best way when reading this! Liz Nugent really has a talent for writing. I loved how this book was told like the characters repeating a story from some point in time after the events had happened, rather than experiencing it live. That may not sound appealing, but I believe it was that distance from the events happening that allowed for the lightness when recounting incredibly dark stories. Lydia Fitzsimmons has the perfect life… Her husband is a successful judge, they live in her beautiful family home, Avalon, and her son Laurence adores her. Avalon isn’t just any home, it is a gorgeous old-money mansion with sprawling grounds and a pile of family secrets. Lydia can’t imagine ever leaving Avalon. She is essentially a recluse, preferring to stay at Avalon as a wife, mother, and homemaker, while her husband flourishes in his career. But one night everything changes. My husband didn’t mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it. Lydia is forced to do the unthinkable—help her husband cover up a murder. She buries this secret the same way she has buried all of the others—in the safety and security of their family home, Avalon. Lydia and Andrew may be able to hide their secret from outsiders, but what will they do when someone inside the home—someone much closer to it—discovers the truth? Reflection There is something so matter-of-fact in the way these characters tell their story. The Fitzsimmons family is one that is easily able to separate emotion from action, with the exception of Andrew. I found Lydia and Laurence to be completely fascinating characters. The way they react to everything from shock, to hurt, to anger, is incredible to behold. They don’t process their emotions the way many of us do. For that reason, Andrew stands in such stark contrast to them. He is someone completely overwhelmed by his emotions, and unable to keep them in check. We see this same theme play out with other characters—Helen, Dessie, Bridget, Karen, Annie. All of them tend to either be ruled by their emotions, or be surprisingly good at separating them from their actions. This is not to say that those actions aren’t driven by their reaction to the events around them. To the contrary, the characters that seem the least motivated by their emotions are probably the most irrational of the group. There is a scene early on (that I won’t spoil because it is so wonderful) with Laurence that honestly made me laugh out loud when I read it. Another awesome reviewer, Carrie, said she wasn’t sure at times with this book if she should laugh, cry, or cringe. That is the perfect description of this book! I dare readers to find a dull character among the lot. The ending of this book is the icing on the “WTF?!” cake for this read! It was crazy, but sort of perfect for the story and the characters. I was so delighted by this book! It was my first by Liz Nugent, but it will certainly not be my last. I’m looking forward to sharing this book with other readers! Many thanks to Gallery Books and to Liz Nugent for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. See my review on my blog! Click here!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    Insidiously dark, an undertone of creepiness, and all done without graphic gore. This is my kind of psychological thriller, one that keeps you guessing, proving one wrong when I was sure I knew where this was going. Oh, the chains that bind, the relationships that corrupt, the hope that dwindles. Unreliable narrators, where would novels be without them. The question is who or are all of the narrators telling this story, unreliable? Are any of them on the up and up? Tautly plotted, unraveling at Insidiously dark, an undertone of creepiness, and all done without graphic gore. This is my kind of psychological thriller, one that keeps you guessing, proving one wrong when I was sure I knew where this was going. Oh, the chains that bind, the relationships that corrupt, the hope that dwindles. Unreliable narrators, where would novels be without them. The question is who or are all of the narrators telling this story, unreliable? Are any of them on the up and up? Tautly plotted, unraveling at the authors pace, misleading scenes, hard to believe the gullibility of some of these people. Thought for sure the author was going to take the predictable way out, where I thought this was going. So glad she didn't, she instead gave it a horrifying spin, and pushed it into a new level of evil. Not a good idea to go against some people, especially hidden, psychopaths. ARC from Edelweiss.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent certainly starts off with a bang (and on my birthday no less) that gets one’s attention, a husband and wife are out late one night and the husband strangles a young women with the wife coming in to finish her off. WHAT?? A murder duo? At that point the book definitely grabbed my interest. You see, Lydia Fitzsimons and her husband got a little carried away covering up their secrets. The young woman was a drug addicted prostitute so who would possibly miss her? Lydia tel Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent certainly starts off with a bang (and on my birthday no less) that gets one’s attention, a husband and wife are out late one night and the husband strangles a young women with the wife coming in to finish her off. WHAT?? A murder duo? At that point the book definitely grabbed my interest. You see, Lydia Fitzsimons and her husband got a little carried away covering up their secrets. The young woman was a drug addicted prostitute so who would possibly miss her? Lydia tells her husband to simply bury the body and they can go about their rich, comfortable lives with no one the wiser. The story is told from multiples points of view along the way from the various characters involved. From Lydia the murderer to her son the alibi to the worried sister of the victim. All of these characters end up woven into a web so sticky and tangled that it will be hard for one to imagine the outcome. When finished with this book it was one of those WTH did I just read moments. I will admit the middle of this one got a little slow to me thus only the four stars but boy oh boy was the ending worth the wait. No exactly what I’d ever expected to happen as the years ticked by in the book after that opening death scene. If dark and disturbing personalities and actions intrigue you I’d suggest picking up a copy of Lying in Wait. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more review please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    I chose this book based on the description of the cover with this opening line "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it"... I was gravitated to this little baby right away and was anxious to dive right in. I have read many disappointing psychological thrillers over the last couple of months and was thinking that this one would be the same but Liz Nugent did a slam dunk with this psychological thriller. I would have to say it's more of a slow-burning thriller. I chose this book based on the description of the cover with this opening line "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it"... I was gravitated to this little baby right away and was anxious to dive right in. I have read many disappointing psychological thrillers over the last couple of months and was thinking that this one would be the same but Liz Nugent did a slam dunk with this psychological thriller. I would have to say it's more of a slow-burning thriller. In the beginning, I was at times wondering where the story was going and was slow to build up. I was lost a little and got a tad bored. But, don't let that fool you because Liz definitely delivers!! :) Wow, can I say DYSFUNCTIONAL family. Poor Laurence.... sucks to be you my friend (and can I just say holy guacamole Lydia is one AWFUL mother. ..Talk about messed up in the head).... I would recommend if you are wanting a different and unique psychological read! ;). So.... I need a little help on this one. Those of you that have read this can you explain the last page with Lydia? (I'm assuming it may be that she's just crazy?....??? Give this an overall 4!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Crazy people go through the forest by taking the psycho path...... Strange how people never quite reveal every card in their deck. They wear that poker face day in and day out and keep the Joker locked inside the vault. Lydia Fitzsimon and her husband, Andrew, have found themselves on a cold, deserted beach outside of Dublin. Hardly alone, since you've got to count that body in the trunk of the Jaguar. Andrew's hands must have squeezed a little too tight. Odd behavior for a judge who would never w Crazy people go through the forest by taking the psycho path...... Strange how people never quite reveal every card in their deck. They wear that poker face day in and day out and keep the Joker locked inside the vault. Lydia Fitzsimon and her husband, Andrew, have found themselves on a cold, deserted beach outside of Dublin. Hardly alone, since you've got to count that body in the trunk of the Jaguar. Andrew's hands must have squeezed a little too tight. Odd behavior for a judge who would never want to see the inside of a jail cell in his life time. Annie Doyle now occupies the confines of that trunk. Air is no longer a problem. Annie's led a very questionable lifestyle and has been on the outs with her family. They've washed their hands of her. Annie has become one of the throwaways of society. The odd and exasperating peg that doesn't quite fit in the hole determined solely by others. But her sister Karen will want answers. Answers that Lydia and Andrew keep sealed in walking distance from their back door. Their seventeen year old son, Laurence, is Lydia's pride and joy and she thinks that he has hung the moon. Unfortunately, Laurence is caught up in consuming copious amounts of moonpies instead. Our boy has a bit of a weight problem that keeps him occupied most moments. But soon Laurence realizes that something is amiss with his parents.......something serious and sinister. Liz Nugent shines a light along a very crooked path here. If you've read, Unraveling Oliver, you'll know whereof I speak. Nugent has a flair for introducing her readers to quite the unbalanced characters. As the pages turn, you'll find yourself leaning in closer and closer to get to the "Who?" and, more importantly, to get to the "Why?" And Nugent will accommodate you quite nicely as she peels back the layers. A lot of marbles rolling around between the ears. I received a copy of Lying in Wait through Goodreads Giveaways. My thanks to Simon & Schuster (Scout Press) and to Liz Nugent for the opportunity.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dorie

    Well this is amazing, a psychological thriller that really delivers and definitely lives up to the buzz and reviews that are generating for this book. It was crazy creepy, sometimes almost made me gasp (I’m not kidding here), this is one heck of a good read. This book features a true psychopath, the meaning of which is “Psychopathy is a personality disorder which has symptoms expressed over a wide range of settings.Socially, it expresses extensive callous and manipulative self-serving behaviors w Well this is amazing, a psychological thriller that really delivers and definitely lives up to the buzz and reviews that are generating for this book. It was crazy creepy, sometimes almost made me gasp (I’m not kidding here), this is one heck of a good read. This book features a true psychopath, the meaning of which is “Psychopathy is a personality disorder which has symptoms expressed over a wide range of settings.Socially, it expresses extensive callous and manipulative self-serving behaviors with no regard for others, . . . is associated with repeated delinquency, crime and violence, but may also present itself in other, maybe even successful social settings” quoting from Wikipedia. This is the perfect description of Lydia, the wife and mom in this story. There are later developments that point to Laurence’s state of mind, but I won’t spoil the plot. From the blurb for the book you know that this is a dysfunctional family headed by Andrew, a judge in the county. His wife Lydia is a dedicated wife and mother, so dedicated that you will be shocked at all of the secrets she will share with you, decidedly creepy. Most of the story revolves around their only child, Laurence and keeping him at home at all costs. Laurence is a character you will not soon forget, he will go from a chubby, unpopular, socially inept child to a manipulative, domineering adult, crazy people in this book! You also know that a crime has been committed from the opening lines, but how it unfolds is a buzz to read. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. We are pretty much listening to these characters recount events that happened to them. So we will get Lydia’s description of how a crime was committed and then Laurence’s view about how it unfolded for him. Very clever and done so well. I had never read a book by Liz Nugent but I understand that “Unraveling Oliver” the book she wrote previous to this one is outstanding, I can’t wait to read it. I hope this review encourages you to pick up a copy, you will love it! I received a copy of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol (Bookaria)

    What a chilling and well-crafted novel! "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." That is the first line of the book and what follows is a captivating and engrossing novel. Lydia Fiztsimons is the wife of a respectable Judge and loving mother to Lawrence. They live in a beautiful and large house which holds a macabre secret.  That's all I can say without revealing too much. Once I started reading I couldn't put this book down. This is a novel about dysfunctiona What a chilling and well-crafted novel! "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." That is the first line of the book and what follows is a captivating and engrossing novel. Lydia Fiztsimons is the wife of a respectable Judge and loving mother to Lawrence. They live in a beautiful and large house which holds a macabre secret.  That's all I can say without revealing too much. Once I started reading I couldn't put this book down. This is a novel about dysfunctional families, long-held secrets, and lies.  The story is told from multiple points of view and takes place (mostly) in Dublin. I loved it and recommend it to readers of thrillers, mysteries, and contemporary fiction.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    The best part of this novel is the first sentence and it’s a doozy. It’s downhill from there. I enjoyed Nugent’s first novel, Unraveling Oliver, her second lacks tension. Told from the points of view of a mother, a son and a dead girl’s sister it reads like a sophomoric high school essay.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dem

    Liz Nugent's opening line in this twisted and devious page turning mystery certainly creates an impact. My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it. Having loved Liz Nugent's previous novel Unravelling Oliver I was thrilled to get an opportunity to read her latest novel Lying in Wait and I certainly was not disappointed as her plot lines, character development and writing is sharp and vivid and this author certainly knows how to tell a story. I have read a lot o Liz Nugent's opening line in this twisted and devious page turning mystery certainly creates an impact. My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it. Having loved Liz Nugent's previous novel Unravelling Oliver I was thrilled to get an opportunity to read her latest novel Lying in Wait and I certainly was not disappointed as her plot lines, character development and writing is sharp and vivid and this author certainly knows how to tell a story. I have read a lot of mediocre mysteries and Psychological thrillers over the past few months and had become a bit disillusioned with the same old same old. But Lying In Wait really restored my faith and had me hooked from the first sentence. "The last people who expect to be meeting with a drug-addicted prostitute are a respected judge and his reclusive wife. And they certainly don't plan to kill her and bury her in their exquisite suburban garden. Yet Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons find themselves in this unfortunate situation" This is wonderfully assured and beautifully written second novel from Liz Nugent where the characters are well drawn and the plot simmers with tension. I loved the setting and the sense of time and place in 80s Dublin. A brilliant tale of obsessive love, a multi layer thriller that I would recommend for everyone's summer reading list. My Thanks to Penguin and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this novel

  13. 5 out of 5

    Zoeytron

    What lies beyond the kitchen window?  Here we have a mum who will do anything to hang onto her boy, Lawrence, despite the fact that he is grown now, and raring to get out on his own.  Who else would take care of her?  Mum is used to getting her own way.  Is she insane or merely obsessed?  And that ancient tube of screaming scarlet lipstick that is saved for special, could that have been any creepier?  Here is a psychological thriller that won't let you down.  The opening sentence was killer, and t What lies beyond the kitchen window?  Here we have a mum who will do anything to hang onto her boy, Lawrence, despite the fact that he is grown now, and raring to get out on his own.  Who else would take care of her?  Mum is used to getting her own way.  Is she insane or merely obsessed?  And that ancient tube of screaming scarlet lipstick that is saved for special, could that have been any creepier?  Here is a psychological thriller that won't let you down.  The opening sentence was killer, and the image left with me at the end was downright horrifying.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    I think there should be a new fiction genre called The Best Books Ever. If there were a genre called The Best Books Ever this book would be the Best Book Ever in the genre Best Books Ever. This book is so much dark and creepy fun. I absolutely loved it from the starting line "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." to the "WTF did I just read?" ending. The story is told from three points of view in alternating chapters. The in-flipping-sane mother, Lydia, he I think there should be a new fiction genre called The Best Books Ever. If there were a genre called The Best Books Ever this book would be the Best Book Ever in the genre Best Books Ever. This book is so much dark and creepy fun. I absolutely loved it from the starting line "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." to the "WTF did I just read?" ending. The story is told from three points of view in alternating chapters. The in-flipping-sane mother, Lydia, her over-nurtured obese son, Laurence and the sister of the aforementioned murder victim, Karen. This is most certainly a character driven book with the murder serving as a link between the characters. This is not a murder mystery or a thriller, it's not horror....I honestly don't know how to describe it other than pure brilliance. It's been a long time since a book has made me lol and I know it seems absurd that a "dark and creepy" book could elicit that sort reaction but it's true. Liz Nugent has masterfully weaved these profoundly flawed characters into a dysfunction junction that I never wanted to leave. My first read by Nugent but certainly not my last, I have already bought Unraveling Oliver.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce

    4 wow this was quite the creepy story stars! My reviews can be found here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... "Determination becomes obsession and then it becomes all that matters." Lydia has it all or so it seems. She is married to a judge, Andrew, has a son. Lawrence, whom she loves to an obsession, and a huge home. For many the signs pointed to a happy life and yet, Lydia is anything but happy. She is a scheming plotting woman who wants what she wants and will do what she feels is necessa 4 wow this was quite the creepy story stars! My reviews can be found here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... "Determination becomes obsession and then it becomes all that matters." Lydia has it all or so it seems. She is married to a judge, Andrew, has a son. Lawrence, whom she loves to an obsession, and a huge home. For many the signs pointed to a happy life and yet, Lydia is anything but happy. She is a scheming plotting woman who wants what she wants and will do what she feels is necessary to achieve her goals. All this illusion of an idyllic existence changes when her husband Andrew murders, with some assistance from Lydia, a young prostitute. Annie is a nobody, a low life a person who no one would be interested in that is except her sister, Karen. When the decision to dispose of Annie's body, is made she is buried in the garden of Lydia and Andrew's home. It seems as time goes by that the perfect crime has been committed, Annie is "missing" and a police department chalk it up to being a runaway woman of no account, a prostitute, a druggie, a blight on society so and they do little to ferret out what happened to Annie. Time and circumstance link Karen with the Lawrence, they become friends and then more than that while things take that proverbial turn to the dangerous, threatening and alarming nature we so often find when people commit crimes that go undetected. For Karen does not believe her sister is dead and she is consumed with finding her while Lydia, well Lydia, evolves into something that is so devious, cunning, and wicked that it is hard to fathom her. Who is this loving mother so obsessed with her son and as Lawrence embarks on a trail of discovery he also wonders what his mother is. He is her everything or is he? This story was quite a tale of lies and deceit. It was a tale of doing whatever it takes to get what you want. You can step on others for they are of a lower life than yours, and one must always protect oneself no matter to what ends that might take you. Egomania does destroy but who will it destroy in this tale? Thanks to my local library which saw fit to add this creepy story to its collection. it was a "bit" bone chilling!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate~Bibliophile Book Club

    Where do I start with Lying In Wait?! What a book!!! I’m going to keep this short, because it’s all good and I don’t want to ramble on! I knew from the very first line (which is awesome) that I was going to enjoy this book. Once I started, I didn’t want to put it down, it was just such an engaging book! From the characters, to the era to the setting, it is just excellent! Liz Nugent has written a claustrophobic, tense and very unnerving book. I don’t want to go into too much detail because I’m a Where do I start with Lying In Wait?! What a book!!! I’m going to keep this short, because it’s all good and I don’t want to ramble on! I knew from the very first line (which is awesome) that I was going to enjoy this book. Once I started, I didn’t want to put it down, it was just such an engaging book! From the characters, to the era to the setting, it is just excellent! Liz Nugent has written a claustrophobic, tense and very unnerving book. I don’t want to go into too much detail because I’m afraid I’ll give away something and that’s something I do not want to do! The best thing about this book is the characters and the various personal journeys they go on. It’s hard to comprehend how they end up where they do, but that’s testament to the greatness of Liz’s writing! I was lucky enough to meet Liz this week and one of the things she said was that she wants to grab readers by the throat and keep them reading until they are dropped like a stone after the last page. I’m pretty sure she managed to do that with Lying In Wait, it is unputdownable. I cannot recommend Lying In Wait highly enough! All the stars!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." Seriously, with an opener like that, how could I not keep reading? Who in the world says “the lying tramp deserved it”? Who is this person?! I must follow her around. I must! And I mean immediately. Thus begins my clenched trip down the psycho’s path. But the sad truth is, you know one psycho, you know them all. They sort of all seem the same—mean, sly, twisted, clever. After all, evil is evil. I guess what I’m trying "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." Seriously, with an opener like that, how could I not keep reading? Who in the world says “the lying tramp deserved it”? Who is this person?! I must follow her around. I must! And I mean immediately. Thus begins my clenched trip down the psycho’s path. But the sad truth is, you know one psycho, you know them all. They sort of all seem the same—mean, sly, twisted, clever. After all, evil is evil. I guess what I’m trying to say is that despite that killer opener, she (Lydia) is pretty much an ordinary psycho. And that can get boring. But what makes a psycho unique is the creepy things they come up with to carry out their agendas, and Lydia is pretty good at doing creepy. I’m making it sound like this book is all about Lydia the Evil. It’s not. There are two other narrators (the “good” ones, both of whom are angsty, earnest, and sympathetic) and they have center stage for most of the book. These were the characters that grabbed me. Man were they well-drawn and vivid! I could clearly see their bods and the inside of their heads. We have one guy (the son of the psycho) who is sweating a horrific secret; one woman (the sister of the victim) who is sad, successful, and on a mission. There are also two other minor female characters that pop off the page. The relationships—between the psycho and her son (she was definitely a smother-mother), and between the son and female friends—were believable and rich, and they kept me thoroughly entertained. I can’t say I was happy with the ending, but I will say it was clever, very clever. And such a surprise. Who am I kidding? I was more than unhappy with the ending—it pissed me off royally! I planned on taking the high road and pretending it didn’t bother me much, but the whisperer in my head keeps saying liar, liar pants on fire! It still didn’t keep me from giving out 4 stars. There are no extraneous characters, there are no side trips. The prose is good, the pace perfect, the plot unusual and plausible (in a thriller kind of way). The characters aren’t one-dimensional or stereotypical, which is a big selling point for me. Really, I can’t think of anything bad about this one. Yet I keep having a little nag in my noggin: Even though it was a fast, near-perfect read, the whisperer in my head (there she is again!) keeps muttering “lightweight.” This bugs me because I don’t understand the whisper. The only thing I can come up with is that I didn’t highlight. (I didn’t know until now that I required this activity, but apparently I do!) The whisperer says it’s not great literature, and it isn’t as good as, say, Gone Girl. I tell the whisperer to shut up, because damn, I liked this book—a lot! In fact, the book passed my thriller test in flying colors. Did the psycho give me the heebie jeebies? Oh god yes. Did I eyeball the page numbers? Never. Was I always hot to pick the book up? Yes. Was I dying to find out what would happen? Yes. Was I surprised? For sure! Oh, and an important question: Do I want to read everything else this author writes? Absolutely! I hope to read Unraveling Oliver soon. Sometimes you just need to escape, and this book took me far away from the state of the universe, my own sigh-ful problems, and the beckoning dishwasher. The story glued my hands to the Kindle and proceeded to take over my head for a while. A fast read, yum yum yum. Dark and twisty without any gore. Un-put-down-able! I definitely recommend this book, especially to those who like fleshed-out characters with their thriller. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.” ^^^That line right there had me like . . . . I mean let’s be honest. I don’t care if the tramp deserved it – or if she was a tramp – or if the husband did or didn’t mean to kill her. I just appreciate any time someone is dead and I am given an early copy to read. As mentioned a time or a thousand before, I have a bit of old lady brain so I knew I had read Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.” ^^^That line right there had me like . . . . I mean let’s be honest. I don’t care if the tramp deserved it – or if she was a tramp – or if the husband did or didn’t mean to kill her. I just appreciate any time someone is dead and I am given an early copy to read. As mentioned a time or a thousand before, I have a bit of old lady brain so I knew I had read Liz Nugent before, but I couldn’t remember what and I didn’t bother looking it up because I thought I had enjoyed her previously. Turns out I was right because this is the author of Unraveling Oliver. Go brain! You is smart sometimes! Anyway, I didn’t bother looking her up before starting and it turns out I didn’t even have to because once I started reading I remembered who she was and what I had read before. I love an author whose voice is so distinct that you can recognize it without a Google search. The story here is about that tramp chick above who gets whacked by dear ol’ hubs. It tells the who, when, why and how – and all by the 30% point which had me a little dubious. But then I remembered that it was Liz Nugent writing the story, so the thriller aspect was just the peel of the onion and the remaining 70% would be all the stinky deliciousness contained in the other layers. If you didn’t like Oliver, there’s a good chance you probably won’t like Lydia or Andrew or Laurence either. But if you did????? Oh such good times in a story that reminds us all that . . . . ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    I was super eager to read this after loving Unravelling Oliver so much. How did it compare in my opinion? This new book from Liz Nugent is good, I really enjoyed it but I did not feel it quite had the wow factor that Unravelling Oliver did, nevertheless it's a really good read! A well-respected citizen and his wife get themselves way over their heads in a tangled mess of murder. The killing of a troubled young woman who has sunk down in life with a battle with heroin addiction and selling her b I was super eager to read this after loving Unravelling Oliver so much. How did it compare in my opinion? This new book from Liz Nugent is good, I really enjoyed it but I did not feel it quite had the wow factor that Unravelling Oliver did, nevertheless it's a really good read! A well-respected citizen and his wife get themselves way over their heads in a tangled mess of murder. The killing of a troubled young woman who has sunk down in life with a battle with heroin addiction and selling her body to those that will pay to support her habit. How on earth did they get into this situation in the first place? That, dear reader, will be revealed... 'My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.' The last people who expect to be meeting with a drug-addicted prostitute are a respected judge and his reclusive wife. And they certainly don't plan to kill her and bury her in their exquisite suburban garden. Yet Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons find themselves in this unfortunate situation. While Lydia does all she can to protect their innocent son Laurence and their social standing, her husband begins to falls apart. But Laurence is not as naïve as Lydia thinks. And his obsession with the dead girl's family may be the undoing of his own. The book is quite dark and has some really good almost sarcastic dark humour through it's veins. Lydia as a character is exceptionally well written and I really disliked her immensely from the start. As the plot unravels and we learn more about Lydia and her past so many things start to make sense as to why she is the woman that she is today. Disturbed, damaged, broken, messed up. So, there is the body of a very dead young woman in their back garden, able to be seen from the kitchen window, a messy array of planted flowers over the spot where she is buried. Perhaps not the most ideal burial site for someone you have killed. The book really focuses on the characters within it, who they are and what makes them tick and very much on the often dysfunctional interaction between certain characters. If you like your people broken and messed up you will really love Lying in Wait. For most of the book I was really enjoying it but I hit a bit of a wall about 60-70% into the book where I found I was just a bit bored and very tempted to skim some pages. Thankfully the pace and depth picked back up again and led me to a really satisfying ending to what was a dark, sinister and almost unbelievable story. My actual rating for the book is 3.5. I did really enjoy it but I did not totally love it and that section that had me bored for a while lost me a bit too much. I would recommend this novel to readers that are drawn in by the synopsis and enjoy this type of read. I am really keen to keep seeing what Liz Nugent pens next as her books show an awful lot of promise. If you have not read Unravelling Oliver I do highly recommend it. Many thanks to Penguin Books, UK for my advance copy of this novel to read and review. Thanks for reading my review! For more of my book reviews, plenty of awesome books to win, author interviews and features come over to join me for book fun at: https://www.facebook.com/BookloverCat... To follow me on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/promotethatbook To enquire about joining my reviewers team: http://goo.gl/forms/GWMOvlofZg Finally to enquire about my book publicity services: http://goo.gl/forms/eVwa2HFKnK

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Liz Nugent you are one crafty lady. *claps hands* A husband and wife. A son. A murder. I'm not going to rehash the plot but just know this: I thought this book was brilliant. It was so much fun and I raced through the pages. I'm a little up in the air on the ending. I can't quite decide if I was satisfied with it or not. I suppose I was satisfied but I just found it really sad. I will say that the ending was definitely not what I was expecting when starting this book so I've got to give Ms. Nugen Liz Nugent you are one crafty lady. *claps hands* A husband and wife. A son. A murder. I'm not going to rehash the plot but just know this: I thought this book was brilliant. It was so much fun and I raced through the pages. I'm a little up in the air on the ending. I can't quite decide if I was satisfied with it or not. I suppose I was satisfied but I just found it really sad. I will say that the ending was definitely not what I was expecting when starting this book so I've got to give Ms. Nugent credit for that. I will read anything this woman writes and so should you! 5 stars!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Wallace

    5 Fabulously Chilly Stars I LOVED this book!!!! I find myself unable to justify any rating other than five stars. SUMMARY The book opens with bang - a man and his wife murdering a young girl and covering it up. With that kind of start, you know it’s going to be quite a ride. The story is told from multiple points of view including: Lydia - the wife in the opening scene who is a total blue blood ice queen and has some serious baggage, Laurence - Lydia’s son who has issues of his own including (of c 5 Fabulously Chilly Stars I LOVED this book!!!! I find myself unable to justify any rating other than five stars. SUMMARY The book opens with bang - a man and his wife murdering a young girl and covering it up. With that kind of start, you know it’s going to be quite a ride. The story is told from multiple points of view including: Lydia - the wife in the opening scene who is a total blue blood ice queen and has some serious baggage, Laurence - Lydia’s son who has issues of his own including (of course) mommy issues, Helen -Laurence’s high school girlfriend, and Karen - the sister of the murder victim. As the book progresses, all the main characters live with the aftermath of the murder which changed their lives forever. Eventually their stories converge and thing heat up!!! WHAT I LOVED There are sooo many things to love about this chilling thriller BUT my favorite part was the setting. The story is mainly set in the Irish family estate, Avalon. Due to bad financial management the family fortune has been lost and the family rambles around the slowly declining house. Although there is no money left, Lydia maintains her innate snobbery, rarely leaves the house and approves of hardly anyone. Although the house was once a showplace, it’s eventual decline plus the skeletons in its many closets give it a completely creepy and foreboding feeling. The characters were fantastic!!! Lydia may be one of my all time favorite characters who I loved to hate. She is such a cool customer. She has her own agenda and will do ANYTHING to push it through. She feels completely justified in all her actions and never loses a moment of sleep over anything she does. What a piece of work she is! I also loved Helen. It was clear she has some sort of an motivations for staying close to the family but I could never figure them out until the very end. She was so darn intriguing. The plot was great!!! I’m not sure how the author, Liz Nugent, crammed so much into just over 300 pages but it felt almost epic. WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE! NOTHING! There was nothing I didn’t love! That’s why I had to gave it 5 Stars. Loved it!! I’m reading more from this author for sure!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    Liz Nugent has a very original approach to psychological thrillers. I don't think this book is a thriller as you know from the start what has happened. But psychological it certainly is. The end is very unsuspected. This tale is extremely well and believably told.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Thanks to Goodreads giveaways for the chance to read and review this novel! Liz Nugent is back after her hugely successful novel, “Unraveling Oliver”, with an amazingly un-putdownable tour-de-force, “Lying in Wait”. Lydia Fitzsimmons is living the good life; she has a successful husband a well-behaved son, and a beautiful estate. But Lydia has secrets. Deep, scary secrets that, if revealed, would ruin the relationship she has with her son and husband and risk her losing everything she has. For e Thanks to Goodreads giveaways for the chance to read and review this novel! Liz Nugent is back after her hugely successful novel, “Unraveling Oliver”, with an amazingly un-putdownable tour-de-force, “Lying in Wait”. Lydia Fitzsimmons is living the good life; she has a successful husband a well-behaved son, and a beautiful estate. But Lydia has secrets. Deep, scary secrets that, if revealed, would ruin the relationship she has with her son and husband and risk her losing everything she has. For example, the truth behind the young woman her husband killed and buried in the backyard. Or the mysterious drowning death of her sister that may or may not have been an accident. When Lydia’s son, Laurence, finally finds out about the disturbing secrets Lydia keeps, he vows to disown her and finally move away from her influence. Lydia must make commit one final, desperate act, in order to keep her beloved son close to her side- forever. This novel is a knockdown, drag out, sucker punch of a story. I loved every second of it. The storytelling is intense, and each chapter ends with a reader wanting more, making the novel completely impossible to put down. Nugent has a way of transforming normal, everyday people, into psychotic crackpots that leave a reader questioning everyone around them. What do you really know about the people in your life? Your neighbour? Your boss? Nugent will have you doubting them all . I thoroughly enjoyed the way this novel built tension and carried it through until the bitter end. The ending was surprising and realistic, slightly unpredictable and somewhat of a disappointment for those readers who crave their just desserts. However, it could not have ended any other way. “Unraveling Oliver” was a hands down, five star novel, and “Lying in Wait” follows hot on its tail. I would give this novel ten stars if I could. Liz Nugent is a force to be reckoned with.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    Nugent is the queen of the opening liner. In both Unraveling Oliver and Lying In Wait, she draws you right in from the very first sentence. While the former was a bit of a slow burn for me, the latter was quite the opposite. With this particular book, she drew me in and then never let me go. Bouncing back and forth between Laurence, Lydia and Karen (the sister of Annie), Nugent creates a puzzle and then methodically puts the pieces back together in an intricate way that while I did see some part Nugent is the queen of the opening liner. In both Unraveling Oliver and Lying In Wait, she draws you right in from the very first sentence. While the former was a bit of a slow burn for me, the latter was quite the opposite. With this particular book, she drew me in and then never let me go. Bouncing back and forth between Laurence, Lydia and Karen (the sister of Annie), Nugent creates a puzzle and then methodically puts the pieces back together in an intricate way that while I did see some parts coming, it wasn't until right before the reveal that I was like OH SNAP! Normally it can get a bit redundant when you see certain parts of the book through each character's eyes. But not in this case. With this, we get a full circle feel and you really feel like you're with this crazy cast. I haven't seen a character like Lydia in quite some time. Obsessive, compulsive, manipulative, sociopathic, narcissistic and completely unlovable. Well, I loved her but for the aforementioned reasons. Poor Laurence having to endure a mother like her. Just when you think it's safe.... There were definitely some moments that were a bit over the top but never done TOO over the top - it added a sense of levity and amusement to the storyline that was otherwise grimy and seductive. I absolutely loved this book and can't wait to see what Nugent has for us next. Add this to your TBR. Then come talk to me when you're done reading it! Thank you to Gallery Books / Scout Press for this gifted copy!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Having been a huge fan of Unravelling Oliver I really wanted to see what Liz Nugent would come up with next and that would be this - Lying in Wait. If you thought Oliver was a nightmare wait until you meet Lydia... What I loved about this, and indeed about Unravelling Oliver, is the very different way the author approaches crime. Here there is no "whodunnit" but more a psychological character study of a group of people involved whether intentionally or otherwise, in murder. With Unravelling Olive Having been a huge fan of Unravelling Oliver I really wanted to see what Liz Nugent would come up with next and that would be this - Lying in Wait. If you thought Oliver was a nightmare wait until you meet Lydia... What I loved about this, and indeed about Unravelling Oliver, is the very different way the author approaches crime. Here there is no "whodunnit" but more a psychological character study of a group of people involved whether intentionally or otherwise, in murder. With Unravelling Oliver Liz Nugent literally did just that, unravelled the personality of a killer - here with "Lying in Wait" she does that again in some ways but this time expands that experience, in a completely intensely addictive ripple effect kind of way. Erm not sure if that covers it well but its the best I can come up with. "My Husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." Thats where we start, with a killer opening and an introduction to Lydia, who you really have to read to believe. And you will believe too, she is completely utterly authentic and fascinatingly complex in her determination to protect her status, her husband and her child no matter what the cost. At various times we also hear from her son Lawrence and also Karen - sister of Annie who is determined to find out her siblings fate. These three do a dance of fateful consequences which is brilliantly plotted and extraordinarily immersive. The ending is as killer as the opening and the whole thing is really very clever, very evocative and very very dark. I loved it. There are layers of mystery here, not in the who but in the why. There are themes of obsession and love and a lot of things inbetween. But mostly its just about people. Human beings and human nature in all its sometimes horrific glory. Highly Recommended.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Was his life and his family made of secrets? That is what it seemed like to Laurence. Laurence found out that his father had killed someone because she was blackmailing him. What his parents did with the body and the fact that Andrew killed a woman was a huge secret his father had to keep. This secret took its toll on Andrew and Laurence. His mother actually was not fazed by it perhaps because of a deep, dark secret from her childhood that neither Laurence or Andrew knew about and which was anothe Was his life and his family made of secrets? That is what it seemed like to Laurence. Laurence found out that his father had killed someone because she was blackmailing him. What his parents did with the body and the fact that Andrew killed a woman was a huge secret his father had to keep. This secret took its toll on Andrew and Laurence. His mother actually was not fazed by it perhaps because of a deep, dark secret from her childhood that neither Laurence or Andrew knew about and which was another secret that didn't bother Lydia. Their home and this totally dysfunctional family was a house of secrets and lies. And the lies continued as Lydia thought of ways to hide what happened and how to protect herself. Lydia was a very cunning woman who made sure everything benefited her. LYING IN WAIT had a sinister tone from the start, and it continued to grow in intensity and suspense with a chilling ending. Ms. Nugent has written an engaging, can-this-really-be happening, pull-you-in psychological thriller. If you enjoy a book that has you biting your nails and wondering what other evil deeds Lydia is planning, LYING IN WAIT will be for you. 5/5 I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Gallery/Scout Press. All opinions are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bam

    Wow, what a crazy story! The murder is announced in the first sentence: "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." The speaker is Lydia Fitzsimons, the wife of Andrew, a respected judge in Dublin. She is not exactly a reliable narrator; in fact, she is most likely a psychopath. But thankfully, there are two other first-person narrators who help flesh out this tale with some sanity: Laurence, Lydia and Andrew's sixteen-year-old son; and Karen, Annie Doyle's sis Wow, what a crazy story! The murder is announced in the first sentence: "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." The speaker is Lydia Fitzsimons, the wife of Andrew, a respected judge in Dublin. She is not exactly a reliable narrator; in fact, she is most likely a psychopath. But thankfully, there are two other first-person narrators who help flesh out this tale with some sanity: Laurence, Lydia and Andrew's sixteen-year-old son; and Karen, Annie Doyle's sister. Laurence is aware that his parents are lying about their whereabouts on the night the girl went missing--Karen is desperately trying to figure out what has happened to her sister. I really enjoyed Nugent's writing style in this thriller. Even though the reader knows whodunit right from the start, there are layers to this story that make for compulsive reading--perfect for your summer reading list! Highly recommend. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for providing me with an arc for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    This is like a house of cards in imminent danger of collapsing! Charged with intoxicating anticipation of what will happen next! Lydia 1980 My husband didn't mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it. After we had overcome the initial shock, I tried to stop him speaking of her. I did not allow it unless to confirm alibis or to discuss covering up any possible evidence. Laurence I heard him say it quite clearly. 'The weekend of the 14th of November? Let me think...hold on now... let This is like a house of cards in imminent danger of collapsing! Charged with intoxicating anticipation of what will happen next! Lydia 1980 My husband didn't mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it. After we had overcome the initial shock, I tried to stop him speaking of her. I did not allow it unless to confirm alibis or to discuss covering up any possible evidence. Laurence I heard him say it quite clearly. 'The weekend of the 14th of November? Let me think...hold on now... let me see — ah, yes, I was here with my wife. Why do you ask, Garda?' My father had just deliberately lied to the guards. I admit I was taken aback by his lie. He was being asked about his movements almost two weeks earlier. I remember that Friday night very clearly indeed because I was having my own adventure. Lydia's husband, Andrew, or Judge Fitzimons, is well versed in what kind of evidence could incriminate a person. He does as Lydia asks. Lydia is cool headed and is determined to continue on as if it had never happened. Andrew, on the other hand, is not handling the situation as well as his wife. Not well at all. Laurence knows something is very wrong but doesn't know what. Yet.... Karen The last time I saw Annie was in her bedsit in Hanabury Street on Thursday the 13th of November 1980. Karen's sister, Annie, has always been a bit wild so when she doesn't turn up at Sunday tea, Karen and their parents aren't too worried. She's an adult, after all, and can take care of herself. When Annie is not seen or heard from in over a week, they all know something is wrong. 'I'm ringing the guards,' said Da on Friday the 21st of November 1980. ****** Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent is a fast paced mystery that grabbed my attention and held it from beginning to end. We follow the story of what happened to Annie as it's told from the perspective of the three main characters, Lydia, Laurence, and Karen. Each of them is hiding monstrous secrets from one another and if the secrets were to come out the entire house of cards will collapse into a flattened pile with devastating results. We as readers are wise to all of their secrets, allowing us to watch what is happening from the sidelines, like spectators at an intense, and possibly deadly, sporting event! So, it's with an exhilarating and intoxicating sense anticipation that we wait to find out how everthing will play out in the end! I enjoyed this book immensely and I'm looking forward to reading more books by Liz Nugent A solid 4.5★'s! ************** Simply For the curious - I have never been overseas so I'm not very worldly, to say the least. As a result, I travel the world through books. “Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.” ― Charlaine Harris Here's an interesting tidbit I found in this book. Setting-Rome, Italy: 'The beer I had while I waited cost several thousand more lira that I'd expected.' Of course, I had to look up how much a beer costs in lira because several thousand over any currency sounds like a very expensive beer!! Here's what I discovered. Wikipedia "The lira was the official unit of currency in Italy until January 1, 1999, when it was replaced by the euro (eurocoins and notes were not introduced until 2002). Old lira denominated currency ceased to be legal tender on February 28, 2002. The conversion rate is 1,936.27 lire to the euro." A-ha! So, let's pretend that a beer would cost $5.00 or £4.30 (rounded up). Therefore the beer cost 8,325.96 lira. Now it makes perfect sense!! =o) This little piece of knowledge will get me very far in life!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Noeleen

    Many thanks to Penguin Books (UK) via NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book Liz Nugent’s debut Unravelling Oliver was one of my personal favourite books to read last year. It was also a huge hit with my book club. Eagerly awaiting a second book, I didn’t think that the next offering would quite live up to the fantastic debut, they rarely do, but I was so wrong, Lying in Wait most certainly did and then some. As with Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait is a very impressive, skill Many thanks to Penguin Books (UK) via NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book Liz Nugent’s debut Unravelling Oliver was one of my personal favourite books to read last year. It was also a huge hit with my book club. Eagerly awaiting a second book, I didn’t think that the next offering would quite live up to the fantastic debut, they rarely do, but I was so wrong, Lying in Wait most certainly did and then some. As with Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait is a very impressive, skilled and cleverly thought out psychological thriller. Nugent is outstanding with ‘first lines’ which seem to grab the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go until the very last line. From the very first line of this book, I was hooked...'My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.' I read this book in one sitting as I literally could not put it down until I reached the end. I was totally engrossed with both the story and the characters. Nugent is an excellent writer, creates riveting characters and has an outstanding knack of keeping you turning and turning the pages. The story centers around the disappearance of Annie Doyle, a young heroin addict and prostitute, a respected judge, his wife Lydia and their young son, Laurence. As the search for Annie by her sister progresses, the story becomes nastier and murkier, with many twists and turns along the way. Nugent is extremely good at creating dark, disturbed and unlikeable characters. I loved the fact that a lot of the story was set in the 1980s as it sparked many memories for me of the way Ireland was during those years. In addition, although not a major character, I loved Helen’s friendship with Laurence and her involvement in the story. I found her to be a great character through her actions and reactions to the various situations and major characters in the story. Lydia, Laurence’s mother, is a deliciously dark character and one that will not be easily forgotten. This story raises the concept of ‘Irish mothers’ and their sons, to a whole new level entirely! I’m sure this book will be a huge hit in 2016 and I eagerly await any new book from Liz Nugent in the future. I highly recommend Lying in Wait and I think Ireland may just have found its very own Gillian Flynn.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aditi

    “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.” ----Dorothy Allison Liz Nugent, an Irish author, has once again captivated the readers' hearts and minds with her new dark psychological thriller, Lying in Wait that revolves around a upper-class reputed family of three, where the parents commit a murder of a prostitute and bury her in their large back garden, and the mother of the family would do anything to protect her innocent son, and the son might do anything to make “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.” ----Dorothy Allison Liz Nugent, an Irish author, has once again captivated the readers' hearts and minds with her new dark psychological thriller, Lying in Wait that revolves around a upper-class reputed family of three, where the parents commit a murder of a prostitute and bury her in their large back garden, and the mother of the family would do anything to protect her innocent son, and the son might do anything to make the dead girl's family feel better. Synopsis: The last people who expect to be meeting with a drug-addicted prostitute are a respected judge and his reclusive wife. And they certainly don't plan to kill her and bury her in their exquisite suburban garden. Yet Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons find themselves in this unfortunate situation. While Lydia does all she can to protect their innocent son Laurence and their social standing, her husband begins to falls apart. But Laurence is not as naïve as Lydia thinks. And his obsession with the dead girl's family may be the undoing of his own. Little did respected Judge Andrew and his wife, Lydia Fitzsimons knew that their degrading financial situation might turn them as murderers when a prostitute dupe them with their money as a result they had to kill the girl, Annie Doyle, and bury her in the back garden of their large, suburban house. But Lydia is a protective mother, who would do anything to keep her son, Lawrence, out of trouble, even if she has to pin the whole crime against her husband, Andrew. And soon after the murder, Andrew begins to lose his conscience and so his health. On the other hand, the naive mamma's boy isn't so naive as his mother thinks, as within few months of the murder, Lawrence begins obsessing with Annie Doyle's death so much, that he would do anything to bring solace to the Doyle family. Having read Nugent's debut book, Unravelling Oliver, I had high hopes from this new book of hers, and honestly speaking, this book satisfied me beyond my expectations. The book opens with a murder and soon within no time, I was forced to feel hatred towards one of three protagonists from the book, so much hatred, that at times, I felt like throwing the book against the wall, and in the end, I was raging with anger, over the injustice. And surprisingly, despite of my anger, I couldn't look away or turn my head away from the book even for once. The story went into my head and heart like some addictive drug, that even after the end of the story, I was left with the hallucination. Lydia, Oliver and Karen (Annie's sister) are the three protagonists, and the author has projected them so strikingly with such power that the readers will be forced to let these three main characters get inside their heads and play with it. Lydia is an over-protective mother and a solitary housewife with no social life, and in the beginning, readers will be forced to feel sorry for her situation, but as the author peels away each layer of this multi-dimensional character, the blood of the readers will boil and will make them hate Lydia, even though every time, she claims that whatever she is doing is out of mother's love for her child. Lawrence is a plain character, who must be flawed from this outlook, but from the inside, he is a strong boy, who stands tall and fights bravely with the bullies that he faced because of his weight. This is the one such exceptional character for whom the readers will be forced to feel love and sympathy, even though he keeps fighting till the very end. Karen is a strong, modern woman, whose love for her sister is very real. In short, the characters of this book are psychologically twisted yer very much real, and the author has depicted them flawlessly into the story. The author's writing as well as prose is eloquent, laced with enough tension to grip the readers right from the very start. The narrative of the book is very much engaging that will keep the readers hooked to the story line. The pacing is really smooth and swift as the story progresses in a free flowing manner hence the readers will find it easy to read the complete book in just one sitting. Reading the story will make the readers feel like riding high on a never-ending roller coaster ride filled with dark emotions and suspense. The story is quite dark since the author projected a rather dark side of a mother's love that can come undone if you try to smother your child with too much care and compassion. Lawrence and Lydia are exact opposite of one another, yet in the end, they will look very similar. This downward spiral mother's love will not only affect the characters, but will also keep the readers turning the pages of this book till the very end. And I suggest the readers to keep their emotions in check, as this book might even bring out the worst fear and emotions from the readers' hearts. In a nutshell, this compelling, dark yet evocative thriller is a must read for all. Verdict: A thoroughly riveting and extremely dark psychological thriller of this season. Courtesy: Thanks to the publishers from Penguin Ireland, for providing me with a copy of Liz Nugent's book.

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