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Lying in Wait

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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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Gallery/Scout Press
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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 ...more
j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

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
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, suspense
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
Diane S ☔
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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.
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
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
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent 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
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
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
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
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
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
4 wow this was quite the creepy story stars!
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"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
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“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
"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
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I was super eager to read this after loving Unravelling Oliver Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent 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
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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 in an intricate way that while I did see some part
Erin Clemence
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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 and husband and risk her losing everything she has. For e
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 sixteen-year-old son; and Karen, Annie Doyle's sis
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 intentionally or otherwise, in murder. With Unravelling Olive
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 Laurence or Andrew knew about and which was anothe
 Li'l Owl
This is like a house of cards in imminent danger of collapsing! Charged with intoxicating anticipation of what will happen next!

Lydia 1980
My husband didn't mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it. After we had overcome the initial shock, I tried to stop him speaking of her. I did not allow it unless to confirm alibis or to discuss covering up any possible evidence.

I heard him say it quite clearly.
'The weekend of the 14th of November? Let me think...hold on now... let
Rachel Wallace
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Fabulously Chilly Stars

I LOVED this book!!!! I find myself unable to justify any rating other than five stars.

The 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 - Lydia’s son who has issues of his own including (of c
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to Penguin Books (UK) via NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book

Liz Nugent’s debut Unravelling Oliver was one of my personal favourite books to read last year. It was also a huge hit with my book club. Eagerly awaiting a second book, I didn’t think that the next offering would quite live up to the fantastic debut, they rarely do, but I was so wrong, Lying in Wait most certainly did and then some.

As with Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait is a very impressive, skill
“Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.”

----Dorothy Allison

Liz Nugent, an Irish author, has once again captivated the readers' hearts and minds with her new dark psychological thriller, Lying in Wait that revolves around a upper-class reputed family of three, where the parents commit a murder of a prostitute and bury her in their large back garden, and the mother of the family would do anything to protect her innocent son, and the son might do anything to make
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Gallery Books for sending me Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent. I enjoyed reading this one. I’d say it was more of slow burn but a fast read for me. This story is read with three different POVs, which I loved.

Can we say DYSFUNCTIONAL?! My goodness! The first line of the story “My husband didn’t mean to kill Annie Doyal, but the lying tramp deserved it.” SAY WHAT! So, the story opens with what happened the night when Lydia and Andrew Fitzsimmons had a meeting with Annie Doyal. Nex
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first line of this book is superb! It captivates you right away as you wonder just what has happened?

Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons are a married couple who have a teenaged son named Laurence. One night something badly goes wrong and a murder is committed. The story is told in three viewpoints; Lydia, Karen (the victim's sister) and Laurence. This book is total disfunction!! It was a slow building thriller that is completely despairing!!

Perfect title too!
Rachel Hall
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lying in Wait is an insidiously dark psychological thriller and given the far-fetched nature of events, it really shouldn't be as haunting and poignant as it is, but as Liz Nugent charts the inextricable ties that set two very different families on a collision course she deploys three very different narrators who combine to best effect in a truly dark storm.

When Lying in Wait opens it isn't hard to imagine just how the respectable Fitzsimmons family come to find themselves rubbing shoulders wit
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Liz Nugent worked as a stage manager in theatres in Ireland and toured internationally before writing extensively for radio and television drama.

Unravelling Oliver and Lying in Wait have both been number 1 bestselling and award-winning novels.
In October 2017, Liz won the Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Award in Literature.

Skin Deep will be published in Ireland and the UK in April 2018.

More about Liz Nugent
  • The Swimming Pool
  • In Too Deep
  • Distress Signals
  • What She Never Told Me
  • Can Anybody Help Me?
  • The Stepmother
  • The Ties That Bind
  • A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies, and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
  • Beneath The Surface
  • No Other Darkness (DI Marnie Rome, #2)
  • The Harrogate Secret
  • Somewhere Inside of Happy
  • The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship
  • Young Henry of Navarre
  • Lie With Me
  • After the Lie
  • The Missing Hours
  • The Life You Left
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