Lying in Wait

Lying in Wait

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...

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Lying in Wait Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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!!!!

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    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

    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.

    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!

  • 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:

  • 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.

    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.

    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?

    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!

  • Christina - Traveling Sister

    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

    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.

    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.

    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?

    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.

    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.

    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!

  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister

    this author’s last name is

    , 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

    in the face via hardcover to finally

    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

    this author’s last name is

    , 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

    in the face via hardcover to finally

    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,

    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

    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

    (fictionally speaking), and here you’ll get the cream of the crop!

    (A more organized, thorough review may soon follow. But probably not)

  • 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.

  • Rose (Traveling Sister)

    Much like the disturbed soil on its cover,

    is rich and layered, with the constant sense of something wicked growing from its seemingly dormant roots.

    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,

    is rich and layered, with the constant sense of something wicked growing from its seemingly dormant roots.

    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.

    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:

    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.

    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.

    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.

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