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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

    Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister

    *4.5 Stars* So, couple things—this author’s last name is Nugent, and not “Nugget” like the chicken, as I’d been so daftly repeating in my head, and to some actual humans as well, embarrassingly enough. It only took a full four days of the truth staring me directly in the face via hardcover to finally get it right. But, who can possibly worry about the words on a cover when its insides are crawling with compulsive psychological mayhem brought to you in a tightly twisted package, glistening on an al *4.5 Stars* So, couple things—this author’s last name is Nugent, and not “Nugget” like the chicken, as I’d been so daftly repeating in my head, and to some actual humans as well, embarrassingly enough. It only took a full four days of the truth staring me directly in the face via hardcover to finally get it right. But, who can possibly worry about the words on a cover when its insides are crawling with compulsive psychological mayhem brought to you in a tightly twisted package, glistening on an alluring silver platter? However, NUGENT’s name deserves to be known. Her storytelling is top-notch, her characters deliciously demented, and the trail of her plot, seamless as it glides with a fluid grace leaving behind subtle hints like shadowy footprints that will tie everything together with expert precision. In the end, your head may hurt, your gut will twist, but the critical thriller-reader in you will question nothing, as every single detail is covered and accounted for. This author creates order out of chaos, and her execution cannot be picked apart, Nor does it grow over-the-top. In fact, it all felt pretty damn genius, and although there were moments where its momentum slowed, I could not get this story out of my head. If you know me, you’ll know that unreliable sociopaths are my personal favorite (fictionally speaking), and here you’ll get the cream of the crop! (A more organized, thorough review may soon follow. But probably not) *Sister Read*

  2. 3 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. 5 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christina - Traveling Sister

    5, uhhhh what did I just read, that was wild stars!!! Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read!!! *Looks up synonyms to holy shit* Wowzers ya’ll, that was Grade-A Crazy Town from start to finish! I’ve read a few psychological thrillers that threw me for a loop and redefined the genre. However, I think this is the first true psychological suspense novel that has set the bar absurdly high. Family dramas are honestly just not my favorite. For whatever reason, I get lost in all the mess and 5, uhhhh what did I just read, that was wild stars!!! Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read!!! *Looks up synonyms to holy shit* Wowzers ya’ll, that was Grade-A Crazy Town from start to finish! I’ve read a few psychological thrillers that threw me for a loop and redefined the genre. However, I think this is the first true psychological suspense novel that has set the bar absurdly high. Family dramas are honestly just not my favorite. For whatever reason, I get lost in all the mess and it loses it’s allure for me over time – that is absolutely not the case for Lying in Wait. My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyal, but the lying tramp deserved it. If that line alone isn’t enough to draw you in as a reader, there’s not much I can do to help you. While this is told from alternating POVs, this is really the story of Lydia Fitzsimmons, her husband Andrew and her son Laurence. Lydia – like many women in thrillers these days, has a seemingly perfect life. A beautiful manor, an adoring husband and a loving, doting son – her only real hang-up is her agoraphobia (read: she can’t leave the house). But as a licensed red-herring chaser, I can tell you, appearances are rarely what they seem. My sister had a reputation. Ma said she kicked her way out of the womb feetfirst and she hadn’t stopped kicking since. Lydia’s carefully constructed bubble is burst in a spectacular show when she is forced to help her husband cover up the murder of Annie Doyal. This isn’t the first secret Lydia has buried, and it won’t be the last. But she doesn’t have a choice does she? She must protect her family, her home and the life the has painstakingly built for the few people she allows in. The real question is – how long can she hide a lifetime worth of secrets and what happens if she no longer can? “Laurence, whatever happened, you must remember that your father was a good man.” In addition to Lydia and Laurence’s point of view, we’re given that of Karen – sister to Annie Doyal and relentless hunter of the truth of what happened to her. It adds another layer to an already tangled story and really helps drive the momentum forward. This isn’t an all-out, race-to-the-finish type of read. Rather, it’s a series of choices and truths that slowly unfold themselves to the reader leaving you with a wide-eyed stare wondering how things got out of control so quickly. I had finally begun to resent my mother. Her emotional blackmail had me trapped. There is no question here as to “who dunnit” but it absolutely was not needed and not what drove this story forward. Nugent’s story-telling ability really shined in a way that had me rapt from the start. At every new twist or turn there was a burning need within me to figure out how this piece would fall into place with what the reader already knows to have happened. There was a subtlety here that really spoke to me, nothing was sensationalized or needed to be. These were facts that Nugent was giving to us at a steady pace that created a heady, dark and sometimes comedic atmosphere that draws the reader into the web and traps you there. “This is so screwed up. I can’t believe it” That ending ya’ll. THAT. FREAKIN’. ENDING. Didn’t see it coming, couldn’t have predicted it and you’d be lying if you said you could. That was a slam-dunk, knock-out, gut punch that showed that while ending a novel might be seemingly the hardest part of writing it – it absolutely can be done right. If you’re looking at it, if you weren’t interested before, I can’t suggest picking it up enough! I read this with the Traveling Sisters and we’ve all really enjoyed it thus far. No one can help but enjoy this dark, gritty and twisty thriller!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    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!!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Norma * Traveling Sister

    Happy Canadian Publication Day to Liz Nugent! November 27, 2018 Wowza!!! 5 Absolutely Perfect Stars! Favourite 2018 Read! Oh my goodness, LYING IN WAIT by LIZ NUGENT was an absolutely fantastic and unputdownable read that had me totally consumed with curiosity right from the moment I read that killer opening line. I was hooked and the suspense was so intense that I was flipping through those pages as fast as I possibly could. LYING IN WAIT by LIZ NUGENT is an engrossing, dark, disturbing, and drama Happy Canadian Publication Day to Liz Nugent! November 27, 2018 Wowza!!! 5 Absolutely Perfect Stars! Favourite 2018 Read! Oh my goodness, LYING IN WAIT by LIZ NUGENT was an absolutely fantastic and unputdownable read that had me totally consumed with curiosity right from the moment I read that killer opening line. I was hooked and the suspense was so intense that I was flipping through those pages as fast as I possibly could. LYING IN WAIT by LIZ NUGENT is an engrossing, dark, disturbing, and dramatic read here that in my opinion had all the elements to make this the perfect psychological thriller. The storyline, the characters, the suspenseful writing, and that totally shocking ending that definitely ruffled some of my feathers made this an all around fulfilling read. LIZ NUGENT delivers an exciting, twisty, suspenseful, and well-written read here with one of the absolute best characters in a psychological thriller that I have yet read. The way that this story was delivered with such ease and so subtly without any unnecessary graphic content was so gripping and intensely suspenseful in its own way. I love it when an author can write so well that takes you into the story fully then when the reveal comes you are totally blown away which I most definitely was. Norma’s Stats: Cover: Creepy, sinister, suspenseful and immediately had me intrigued. I love covers that have a scary feel to it because I find them so appealing! An extremely fitting representation to storyline. Title: Intriguing, suspenseful, and a fitting representation to storyline. Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, captivating, and fluid. Plot: Suspenseful, engrossing, fast-paced, held my attention fully and extremely entertaining. Ending: Shocking, maddening, and brilliant. I wanted to throw my precious book at one moment but in the end I was totally satisfied. Overall: An irresistible, intense, surprising, suspenseful, and fabulous read! Would highly recommend! Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for my ARC to read and review! It was an absolute pleasure reading this fantastic novel! Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog: https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/

  7. 3 out of 5

    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    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!!!

  8. 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.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Rose (Traveling Sister)

    Much like the disturbed soil on its cover, Lying in Wait is rich and layered, with the constant sense of something wicked growing from its seemingly dormant roots. "There was a sarcastic expression on her face, a smirk that death could not erase. I like to think I did the girl a kindness, like putting an injured bird out of its misery. She did not deserve such kindness." It's 1980. Lydia Fitzsimons is the heir to Avalon, a sprawling estate in Dublin, and her husband, Andrew, is a well-respected j Much like the disturbed soil on its cover, Lying in Wait is rich and layered, with the constant sense of something wicked growing from its seemingly dormant roots. "There was a sarcastic expression on her face, a smirk that death could not erase. I like to think I did the girl a kindness, like putting an injured bird out of its misery. She did not deserve such kindness." It's 1980. Lydia Fitzsimons is the heir to Avalon, a sprawling estate in Dublin, and her husband, Andrew, is a well-respected judge. It's revealed in the first few pages that they murdered a young woman named Annie Doyle because she took advantage of them in some way. They cover up what they've done, and though the police nose around a time or two, little comes of it. However, their teenage son, Laurence, is highly suspicious of what's happening, and Annie's family isn't going to let things go. "That was the first time I felt a stab of resentment toward Annie. Whatever had happened to her, her behavior had ripple effects that were still causing upset and grief nearly five years later. Of course, I still loved her, but I wanted her in the room so that I could yell at her." The novel's narration alternates between three POVs. First, there's Karen, the younger sister of the murdered woman. Karen's perspective offers the reader insight into the family's grieving process, and it's hard not to develop a fondness for her. She doesn't want to let Annie's murder go unsolved, and she resents the fact that the police, as well as the public, think of her sister as nothing more than a drug addict. Next, there's Laurence. As the years go by, Lydia tightens her motherly grasp on him. In addition to spinning him into her deceitful web, she also controls Laurence's weight and much of his social life. Although he's able to get a job and form basic friendships, Mommy Dearest is always forcing her way into the picture somehow: "I wanted to brick up the window so that I wouldn't have to look out on that...tomb, but Mum wouldn't let me...We cannot employ a gardener, and not just because we can't afford to, so I tend to the garden and the grave with great reluctance. It is a terrible, terrible thing to live with, this knowledge..." But Lydia's narration is what will keep you awake at night. She never leaves the grounds of her estate, and she plays with people's lives as if they're her marionettes. She is the human equivalent of a brown recluse or black widow, though realistically, she is far more dangerous. Her actions and feelings are so far removed from reality that it doesn't take any more than the first sentence to diagnose her as a psychopath from the comfort of your armchair. She has a sordid past, and although she's never worked a day in her life, she believes the world owes her everything. "Laurence was an adult now, no doubt about it, but I was secure enough to know that he would not leave me. Laurence knew that I could never manage on my own. He would stay with me here, in Avalon." So. Many. Shivers. As stated on the book's jacket, Karen and Laurence eventually cross paths. I won't mention the circumstances under which this happens, but it felt a bit too coincidental. In fact, there were several moments in this novel that felt unrealistically convenient. That's a complaint that could probably be lodged against 99% of psychological thrillers, so I tried to let it slide. But if that's something that really takes you out of a read, then you might have trouble with this one. I thought the characters were brilliantly developed, and though I was struggling with it around the halfway point, I'm glad that I stuck it out. Karen was such a breath of fresh air in contrast to the dank depths of Lydia's non-soul, and that juxtaposition had me emotionally glued. Laurence was definitely the wild card: he was problematic in his own ways, but much of that spawned from the fact he was raised by the devil incarnate. It was interesting to watch him grow and see his true intentions come to fruition. "She did love and nurture me, and I am in some way obligated to her. I will not throw her to the wolves, and maybe these disclosures might bring her some peace and stability. She has no more secrets, nothing more to hide." Additionally, Nugent took care in writing her secondary characters. Helen, the sketchy family friend, the disgusting cop named O'Toole, Karen's scummy husband, Dessie, and the harsh but loving grandmother named Eleanor are just a few of the people who make this novel more layered than your typical thriller. The ending to this one is murky and nauseating. There will be gasps. There may be tears. If you're really feelin' it, you may even hurl your hardcover across the room. If you choose to see this one out, make sure you have a glass of wine and all other living creatures are out of throwing distance when you get to the last 20 or so pages. I enjoyed reading this with the beautiful Traveling Sisters, and my full review can be found on my blog.

  10. 5 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/

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Traveling Sister :)

    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.

  12. 3 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!

  13. 3 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.

  14. 5 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 3 out of 5

    Nazanin

    4 Stars My first read by this author was "Unraveling Oliver" and I didn’t like it but I really enjoyed this one and I’m glad that I read it! Liz Nugent definitely has her own special writing style. Her style is not my usual read because from the first chapter you know about the victim and the murderer but that’s what makes it more interesting! It was a bit slow but yet again I couldn’t put it down and stop reading! I don’t count it as a mystery but it was definitely a great thriller though! The st 4 Stars My first read by this author was "Unraveling Oliver" and I didn’t like it but I really enjoyed this one and I’m glad that I read it! Liz Nugent definitely has her own special writing style. Her style is not my usual read because from the first chapter you know about the victim and the murderer but that’s what makes it more interesting! It was a bit slow but yet again I couldn’t put it down and stop reading! I don’t count it as a mystery but it was definitely a great thriller though! The story is about a dysfunctional family and their secrets and how they could manage (or should I say the mother managed) to control the situations they had! Maybe it seems simple the way I said it but believe me, it’s not even close to simple! Told in multiple POV, 1st person. It’s a standalone novel, well-written with a perfect story-line. I didn’t like the ending so much but when I think about it, it was a perfect ending to this story. Overall, it was a really good read and hope you like it as well!!

  17. 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.

  18. 4 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.

  19. 4 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

  20. 3 out of 5

    Brenda - Traveling Sister

    I read Lying in Wait with five of my Traveling Sisters and it made for another fantastic discussion. We highly recommend for group reads! Lying in Wait’s first line caught our attention, peaked our interest and we all flew through this one as fast and we could. It's one of the most intriguing starts to a book we have read. The ending left quite an impression with us all too. It had us jumping up out of our chairs, throwing our arms up and cheering or yelling and chanting WOW or WHAT did I just re I read Lying in Wait with five of my Traveling Sisters and it made for another fantastic discussion. We highly recommend for group reads! Lying in Wait’s first line caught our attention, peaked our interest and we all flew through this one as fast and we could. It's one of the most intriguing starts to a book we have read. The ending left quite an impression with us all too. It had us jumping up out of our chairs, throwing our arms up and cheering or yelling and chanting WOW or WHAT did I just read!! Lying in Wait is a well-layered, complex and entertaining story that delves into the mind of a controlling, calculating and cold character. When buried secrets start to surface our characters start to unravel and we are drawn into their insecurities, greed and the lengths they will go to keep their secrets buried. The story becomes darker and murkier with each page. Liz Nugent does a great job creating intriguing and creepy characters with complicated relationships. At times I questioned who was the victim and who was the villain. The characters are fun to dislike and are unlikable in the best possible way. After reading Lying In Wait, we have put Unraveling Oliver on our list for an upcoming group in November. Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for my ARC to read and review

  21. 5 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!

  22. 5 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.

  23. 5 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!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Lydia Fitzsimons and her husband get caught up in some deadly business that takes a wrong turn. He’s a judge and she comes from a prestigious family so there’s a lot at stake. The things that happen afterwards are shocking, unpredictable, diabolical and...fascinating. The opening line of this story sets the tone: “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.” Obviously, it got my undivided attention from that moment and I never got distracted. It’s delivered throu Lydia Fitzsimons and her husband get caught up in some deadly business that takes a wrong turn. He’s a judge and she comes from a prestigious family so there’s a lot at stake. The things that happen afterwards are shocking, unpredictable, diabolical and...fascinating. The opening line of this story sets the tone: “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.” Obviously, it got my undivided attention from that moment and I never got distracted. It’s delivered through three points of view: Lydia’s, Annie’s sister Karen, and Lydia’s son, Laurence. There aren’t many more details I can share without ruining your reading opportunity but I can tell you that there aren’t any heroes here or many likable characters. However, I couldn’t stop listening because I needed to know more, about these people and whether it would have some acceptable resolution and the motivations surrounding Annie’s murder. Three narrators were used for this story and I’m so glad I opted for the audio version because all of them delivered stellar performances. I could vividly see Lydia, every facial expression and physical characteristic. When the story concluded, I knew there was no other ending that would have worked but it was dark. This is my second book by the author and she’s now an auto read, including the audio format as real care and attention is being given to who is selected to represent the characters. They made a really good book an exceptional reading experience. Just don’t expect the stories to be sweetness and light. This is the very definition of a psychological thriller. (I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)

  25. 3 out of 5

    Esil

    A high 4 stars! Lying in Wait is a dark creepy psychological thriller! And a page turner. Very readable and very well plotted. The story starts in 1980 Dublin with the murder of Annie Doyle. The book opens with the line “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it”. The story is told from the perspective of Lydia who is the murderer’s wife, Lydia’s son Lawrence, and Annie’s sister Karen. It’s best to say little of the plot because this one is worth going into cold A high 4 stars! Lying in Wait is a dark creepy psychological thriller! And a page turner. Very readable and very well plotted. The story starts in 1980 Dublin with the murder of Annie Doyle. The book opens with the line “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it”. The story is told from the perspective of Lydia who is the murderer’s wife, Lydia’s son Lawrence, and Annie’s sister Karen. It’s best to say little of the plot because this one is worth going into cold. Suffice it to say that Lydia’s narrative holds the story together. From the first line, it’s quite clear that there is something not quite right about her. Lawrence starts off in his mother’s thrall but slowly things get complicated for him. And Karen just wants to know what happened to her sister. Very clever, very dark, and with a creepy ending. I definitely want to read more books by this author. Thanks to Debbie for the recommendation and to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy.

  26. 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!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ Traveling Sister ❄️⛄️

    Do you ever finish a book and have so much to say, but you are so mind f*@*%# that you don't even know what to say about it? Well that is how I feel after this book. I am speechless. The dysfunction, the ending, pretty much everything about it. I LOVED this book. A troubled girl named Annie Doyle goes missing. Annie is not your model citizen, as a result, minimal effort is put into finding her whereabouts. Labeled as a prostitute and drug user, her family seems to be the only ones concerned of wh Do you ever finish a book and have so much to say, but you are so mind f*@*%# that you don't even know what to say about it? Well that is how I feel after this book. I am speechless. The dysfunction, the ending, pretty much everything about it. I LOVED this book. A troubled girl named Annie Doyle goes missing. Annie is not your model citizen, as a result, minimal effort is put into finding her whereabouts. Labeled as a prostitute and drug user, her family seems to be the only ones concerned of what has become of her. Meet Lydia and Andrew. They seem like a perfect couple. They live in a very prestigous area on an acre of land with an estate called Avalon. Avalon was inherited by Lydia whom comes from a well respected family. Family is everything to Lydia. She grew up in this home and has never left. Married to Andrew who adores her and would do literally anything for her, life is just grand for Lydia. She wears the best clothes, eats the finest foods. Yet has not a single friend. As I said, family is everything for Lydia. Meet Laurence, son of Lydia and Andrew. He grows up without a want in the world, spoiled by his parents to no end. His mother showers him with attention. So much so that he ends up struggling to create relationships outside of his family home. Until he meets the love of his life or is she simply an obsession? A psychopath is someone that tends to lack normal human emotions, such as guilt. Yep, someone in this book is definitely a psychopath. Can you guess who? Even if you can guess who, you still won't guess how this book ends. Talk about a dysfunctional family. You have not seen anything until you read this twisted book. I was first drawn to the cover, which is a clear indication of what is to come. Perhaps one of the creepiest, most realistic looking covers I have ever seen. To sum it up, let's just say karma is a bitch. Let's also just say I will never look at someone's garden without a little additional look, just to make sure. 5 stars from me! Loved it!

  28. 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!

  29. 3 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

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    5+ stars!! Liz Nugent is AMAZING! This book ties top spot for my favourite read of 2018 (so far)! Wow – this was deliciously creepy, compulsively addictive and thrillingly satisfying! I LOVED it! The characters are fantastic! Some you will love, some you will hate, some you will love to hate. The author, Liz Nugent, does an outstanding job creating an unforgettable cast of deeply affecting characters. I had such a mixture of feelings while following the storyline – shock, anger, frustration, hope 5+ stars!! Liz Nugent is AMAZING! This book ties top spot for my favourite read of 2018 (so far)! Wow – this was deliciously creepy, compulsively addictive and thrillingly satisfying! I LOVED it! The characters are fantastic! Some you will love, some you will hate, some you will love to hate. The author, Liz Nugent, does an outstanding job creating an unforgettable cast of deeply affecting characters. I had such a mixture of feelings while following the storyline – shock, anger, frustration, hope, humour. I was gripped from start to finish – very first sentence to the very last. The flow and pace of the story were perfection, the narration was brilliant and kept the tension and intrigue high throughout. My full attention did not waver once – I was glued to this novel. This is my second book by Liz Nugent. I loved Unraveling Oliver too! I simply can’t wait to read Skin Deep. This was a Traveling Sister read that we all loved. To find the Traveling Sister reviews, please visit our blog at: https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/2... Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Liz Nugent for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Lying In Wait is AVAILABLE NOW!

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