Title: Lying in Wait
Author : Liz Nugent
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 06/12/18
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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Lying in Wait follows three different POVs.
Lydia, who’s husband, Andrew, (along with a little “help” from herself) murdered Annie in the opening scene(s) of the novel. Lydia has a whole multitude of psychological issues going on, including a very much jacked-up childhood history. She is one of those conniving, manipulative women that I really found myself loathing.
Laurence is Lydia’s son who is also struggling from some mental health issues of his own unfortunately was born into a home where I don’t believe he is going to get the appropriate help for those issues. Laurence is a little odd, very much controlled by his mother, but is over-all a pretty decent human being who is being faced with some very difficult and dark issues at home.
Karen is Annie’s sister and she is a very headstrong, determined character who is motivated to get to the bottom of her sister’s disappearance/suspected murder. She will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, which obviously Lydia will have ‘none of that’.
Anytime you are able to get inside the minds of multiple characters via differing POVs, you discover the dirty, dark corners of the minds of all. And sometimes you discover that a character isn’t so much dirty as they are sad, broken, and a little.. freaky. It’s just a strong, well-written mixture of characters.
The pacing of this novel was just perfect! Since it is from the direct POV of different characters, sometimes you get overlaps in the scenes, which are presented in completely different perspectives. And since it is following most of their individual thought processes, it felt like I was reading at a very mellow, slow-riding pace, while at the same time, being addictively entertaining and was a very fast read! Nugent has a very unique style and voice in this novel and I loved every minute of it!
This novel has one of those endings where you can’t quite decide if it’s the ending you wanted. It will leave you feeling satisfied in some ways and quite sad/sympathetic in other ways.. But I can tell you one thing– It was a dark, twisty, and nasty ending. I knew something twisty was coming, but I didn’t quite see that headed my way! and down to the last few pages, more little subtle twists are thrown about. Liz Nugent is golden. I haven’t read Unraveling Oliver (it has been on my TBR for a long while), but I will now be seeking out a copy. Pure psychological thriller gold.
Thank you to Liz Nugent and Gallery Books for providing me with a DRC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.