Lying in Wait

Lying in Wait

Book - 2016
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Winner RTÉ Radio 1's Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners' Choice Award at the 2016 IBAs! '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 'The intricate plotting and jolting suspense hold you in a vice till the last page' Sunday Times 'Clear your diary if you pick up this seductively sinister story. The twists come together in a superbly scary denouncement which delivers a final sting in the tail. Brilliantly macabre' Sunday Mirror 'Brilliant plotting ratchets up the tension in this chilling tale of obsessive love, madness and motherhood' Woman & Home 'The wit is sharp and the plot full of punishing twists' The Times Crime Club 'An unputdownable psychological thriller with an ending that lingers long after turning the final page' Irish Times 'An excellent example of "Domestic Noir" ... excitement and curiosity mount until you realise you can't put the book down. Highly recommended.' Literary Review From the award-winning author of the No 1 bestseller, Unravelling Oliver '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. However, needs must - because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants ... 'A tense, taut, almost gothic thriller where the tension tightens to near unbearable proportions ... impossible to stop reading. A brilliantly written, stand-out novel.' Marian Keyes 'Taut, crisp, clear, a storm-warning of a book. It has the eeriness of The Turn of the Screw; but as these screws turn, a mighty tension takes hold. Masterly' Sebastian Barry 'Deliciously twisted, shot through with dark and acid humour and the denouement is truly chilling.' Sarah Hilary 'Liz Nugent's characters are as unforgettably monstrous as they are believable. A superbly crafted novel and an absorbing portrait of the purest kind of evil.' Jane Casey 'I thought it impossible to match the brilliant Unravelling Oliver, but this Liz has done. Not only is her style beautiful, but 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 'She writes compellingly, creates posh sociopaths like no-one else and doesn't flinch when the end demands what it demands. Lying In Wait is a story you genuinely should not miss' Rick O'Shea, RTÉ
Publisher: [Dublin] :, Penguin Ireland,, 2016
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9781844883639
Characteristics: 306 pages


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Jul 14, 2018

A-ma-zing! I was hooked right from the beginning, despite a bevvy of unlikeable characters. Is the ending a little implausible? Sure. However, I think many works of fiction require a modicum of suspended disbelief. For me, I really didn't notice it all that much. I was so wrapped up in the story itself that it finally ended and I just sat there staring into space trying to absorb what had just happened. I think if you're willing to let yourself be swept away by the narrative- you will really enjoy this book.

Jul 03, 2018

What a dark but weirdly lovely story. The twists and turns and different points of character views really made for quite a delightful read! This novel tells the story about a girl's death and the aftermath it brings to two separate families.

I honestly can't say much about this story without giving things away. The characters were very well developed. On one side of the story we have a highly dysfunctional, "rich" family that includes a manipulative mother with a dark past and her sheltered and timid son trying to find his place in the world.

We also are introduced to another type of family. This poor but loving family is torn to pieces when their daughter/sister goes missing. They try their best to move on and live their lives, but the tragedy of their loss seems to have trapped them all in the living hell of not knowing what happened.

The psychological thrill in this novel is a slow burn, but worth the wait! The ending was so satisfying yet so tragic that I was left thinking "Am I okay with this ending? It completely works, but is it justice?".

Lying In Wait is a Summer '18 must read! You will love it! A 5-star read for me! It was just released last week here in the U.S. so get your copy now!

Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for allowing me an eARC to read and give my honest review!

Jun 18, 2017

The opening sentence "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." is indicative of the tone of this dark cleverly plotted psychological mystery. Each chapter is told through the alternative voices of the main characters giving their perceptions of events. Gets a little implausible towards the end but it that didn't detract from the enjoyment of an engrossing read.

Mar 15, 2017

I do not understand the spate of psychological thrillers in recent years, but this book is at the bottom end. It is totally implausible.

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