Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

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 Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge,...

Details Lying in Wait

TitleLying in Wait
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherGallery/Scout Press
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Crime, Suspense

Reviews Lying in Wait

  • 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 respec...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    FIVE PERFECT STARSGo 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 ne...
  • Elyse
    Christmas Day is Lydia’s only son, Lawrence’s birthday, and the day her husband, Andrew died.....displacing a turkey carcass from its serving platter, falling face down across the table, his hair in turkey grease. ...Andrew drove a vintage jaguar sedan... wore a trilby hat. He killed a girl named Annie. ...Lydia says it was an accident - but she deserved it.........Lydia isn’t an innocent bystander,...Lawrence isn’t an innocent bystander....
  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
    Loved this book!If there were ever a book to capture dark, comedic noir, this would be the one for 2018. This book is incredibly twisted, and yet there was levity and humor despite the darkness of the book. I felt “WTF?!” in the best way when reading this! Liz Nugent really has a talent for writing. I loved how this book was told like the characters repeating a story from some point in time after the events had happened, rather than experienc...
  • 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 the...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dorie
    Well this is amazing, a psychological thriller that really delivers and definitely lives up to the buzz and reviews that are generating for this book. It was crazy creepy, sometimes almost made me gasp (I’m not kidding here), this is one heck of a good read.This book features a true psychopath, the meaning of which is “Psychopathy is a personality disorder which has symptoms expressed over a wide range of settings.Socially, it expresses exten...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 certai...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 alternatin...
  • 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 wh...
  • 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...
  • 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 b...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: “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 thou...
  • 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 whe...
  • 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 wit...
  • Rachel Wallace
    5 Fabulously Chilly StarsI LOVED this book!!!! I find myself unable to justify any rating other than five stars. SUMMARYThe book opens with bang - a man and his wife murdering a young girl and covering it up. With that kind of start, you know it’s going to be quite a ride. The story is told from multiple points of view including: Lydia - the wife in the opening scene who is a total blue blood ice queen and has some serious baggage, Laurence - L...
  • Kim
    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, he...
  • 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 sa...
  • ☮Karen
    What an excellent book! And an excellent audio book. I think I have to give it 5 stars just for the messed up mother/son relationship. I loved getting into the minds of these people and knowing what makes them do what they do, how they can be so bad and still make excuses for themselves and each other. This was accomplished via alternating points of view, Lydia the mother, Laurence the son, and Karen is the sister of a woman gone missing in Dubli...
  • Hans
    Liz Nugent has a very original approach to psychological thrillers. I don't think this book is a thriller as you know from the start what has happened. But psychological it certainly is. The end is very unsuspected. This tale is extremely well and believably told.
  • Erin Clemence
    Thanks to Goodreads giveaways for the chance to read and review this novel!Liz Nugent is back after her hugely successful novel, “Unraveling Oliver”, with an amazingly un-putdownable tour-de-force, “Lying in Wait”. Lydia Fitzsimmons is living the good life; she has a successful husband a well-behaved son, and a beautiful estate. But Lydia has secrets. Deep, scary secrets that, if revealed, would ruin the relationship she has with her son...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Nugent is the queen of the opening liner. In both Unraveling Oliver and Lying In Wait, she draws you right in from the very first sentence. While the former was a bit of a slow burn for me, the latter was quite the opposite. With this particular book, she drew me in and then never let me go. Bouncing back and forth between Laurence, Lydia and Karen (the sister of Annie), Nugent creates a puzzle and then methodically puts the pieces back together ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Having been a huge fan of Unravelling Oliver I really wanted to see what Liz Nugent would come up with next and that would be this - Lying in Wait. If you thought Oliver was a nightmare wait until you meet Lydia...What I loved about this, and indeed about Unravelling Oliver, is the very different way the author approaches crime. Here there is no "whodunnit" but more a psychological character study of a group of people involved whether intentional...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Was his life and his family made of secrets? That is what it seemed like to Laurence.Laurence found out that his father had killed someone because she was blackmailing him. What his parents did with the body and the fact that Andrew killed a woman was a huge secret his father had to keep. This secret took its toll on Andrew and Laurence.His mother actually was not fazed by it perhaps because of a deep, dark secret from her childhood that neither ...
  • Bam
    Wow, what a crazy story! The murder is announced in the first sentence: "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." The speaker is Lydia Fitzsimons, the wife of Andrew, a respected judge in Dublin. She is not exactly a reliable narrator; in fact, she is most likely a psychopath.But thankfully, there are two other first-person narrators who help flesh out this tale with some sanity: Laurence, Lydia and Andrew's ...