Lying in Wait Paperback – 26 Dec 2016
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"My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." ... Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder . . . (From the Publisher's Description)
Gone Girl fans will love Liz Nugent's Lying in Wait ... it twists, it turns, its characters are utterly despicable and it is a compulsive triumph (Stylist)
A stunningly talented writer (Sophie Hannah)
A tense, taut, almost gothic thriller where the tension tightens to near unbearable proportions. I devoured it in one sitting because it was impossible to stop reading. A brilliantly written, stand-out novel (Marian Keyes)
Deliciously twisted, shot through with dark and acid humour and the denouement is truly chilling (Sarah Hilary)
A gradual descent from ordinary, straightforward murder to the very heart of darkness. Liz Nugent's characters are as unforgettably monstrous as they are believable ... superbly crafted (Jane Casey)
She keeps the reader on the edge of their seat from page one until the completely unexpected ending. I read Lying in Wait in one sitting. I just couldn't bear the suspense. I absolutely loved it (Amanda Redman)
About the Author
Before becoming a full-time writer Liz Nugent worked in Irish film, theatre and television. In 2014 her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, was a No.1 bestseller and won the Crime Fiction prize in the 2014 Irish Book Awards. Her second novel, Lying in Wait, went straight to No 1 in the Irish bestseller charts, remained there for nearly two months and won her a second IBA. She lives in Dublin with her husband.
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I don't normally read crime/thriller books bar a few Scandinavian crime writers but everyone seemed to be obsessing over this book so I had to give it a try and I was so glad I did. I spent a few hours lost in the twisted, claustrophobic world of Lydia and Laurence and was left open mouthed at several points throughout. Lying in Wait was a tour de force that took me on a journey into the lives and minds of each of the characters and didn't relinquish its grip until the very last page where even then a surprise was thrown in.Read more ›
Lying in Wait is an utterly gripping and very dark tale full of twists and turns and peopled by some very tortured souls. The bare bones of the plot are as follows: Andrew Fitzsimons, a judge, meets with Annie Doyle one night in late November 1980 and, as a result of this meeting, Annie Doyle ends up dead. Andrew and his wife Lydia together cover up the death. While Andrew begins to fall apart with guilt, Lydia remains strong and is determined that family life goes on as usual for the sake of their son Laurence. The story is narrated by Lydia, Laurence and by Annie's sister Karen who is determined to find her missing sister. The use of these three narrators works very well and allows the reader to watch the story develop from different perspectives and feel the tension mount as the plot builds and old secrets are revealed.
Liz Nugent is adept at creating very compelling characters and I think it is safe to say I will not be giving anything away when I say that
Lydia is a truly monstrous self-regarding, manipulative and cunning person. She appears to suffer from severe agoraphobia and is without doubt a sociopath. Her cloying dependence on her son Laurence makes for difficult reading at times and she is truly a catalyst for evil.Read more ›
From the dramatic opening line to the bleak final sentence Liz Nugent’s plot had me gripped. The events reminded me of one of those fairground halls of mirrors from my childhood where nothing is quite what it seems. Elements shift, distort and fragment with just a word or phrase so that the reader’s perspective alters frequently until they are almost being lied to by the first person narrators as much as the characters are in the story. Small, seemingly throwaway, lines are slipped subtly into the story and I found myself thinking, ‘Hang on. What did they just say?’ or, ‘No! Don’t do that. Don’t say that.’ and my stomach did a little flip with my pulse increasing. The chapter endings are incredible and even if Lying in Wait wasn’t already completely enthralling, those alone would compel any reader to read on.
Narrated in a conversational first person tone from the three perspectives of Lydia, Laurence and Karen, each has a distinct voice that reveals snippets of information. There is an underlying malevolence so that in the end I wasn’t sure at all how I felt about Lydia. I couldn’t decide if she was evil, insane or merely a damaged product of her past who deserved some sympathy. Indeed, I found all the characters made me think hard and change my opinions frequently.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't understand the rave reviews this book is getting. I found it very annoying to read and struggled to finish it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by OF73
I found this book difficult to get into. I do not understand why everyone is raving about it. Not well written very disappointing , nearly gave up on it.Published 4 days ago by Corryne J. Robertson
Lying in Wait is a murder mystery unlike any other I have read or am likely to. Nugent packs a punch with her opening line: "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Joy Isabella
How brilliant is this line "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it. Read morePublished 5 days ago by rieriej
A must read for any thriller genre fans. My favourite read of 2016, i was glued to every page! Liz Nugent doesn't disappoint as her plot lines, character development and writing is... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I don't normally bother to write reviews, but felt I had to this time.
I bought this book on the basis of multiple rave reviews and many five star ratings from readers. Read more
Loved it. Reminded me of Patricia Highsmith. So banal yet page turning and a diverse cast of characters. Could've turned into Serial Mom, but avoided that pitfall.Published 10 days ago by Ray49
Absolutely gripping!Read this book in 2 days. Would never have guessed the twist at the end. Brilliant.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Deliciously sickening. Pure evil character at the core of this book, you will find out who. This one tops the already marvellous "Oliver", with a young author who surprises... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ramses