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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

#allthebookreviews: Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent @gallerybooks @lizzienugent

Lying in Wait
by Liz Nugent

Holy roller coaster of a ride!  Jess and I absolutely LOVED this book! Go grab a copy NOW!
Thank you to Gallery for these #giftedcopies #ad #sponsor.

Publisher:  Gallery / Scout Press
Publish Date:  June 12, 2018
320 Pages
Genre:  Psychological Thriller

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.

My Review:

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 parts coming, it wasn't until right before the reveal that I was like OH SNAP!  Normally it can get a bit redundant when you certain parts of the book through each character's eyes.  But not in this case.  With this, we get a full circle feel and you really feel like you're with this crazy cast.  

I haven't seen a character like Lydia in quite some time.  Obsessive, compulsive, manipulative, sociopathic, narcissistic and completely unlovable.  Well, I loved her but for the aforementioned reasons.  Poor Laurence having to endure a mother like her. Just when you think it's safe.... There were definitely some moments that were a bit over the top but never done TOO over the top - it added a sense of levity and amusement to the storyline that was otherwise grimy and seductive. 

I absolutely loved this book and can't wait to see what Nugent has for us next.  Add this to your TBR.  Then come talk to me when you're done reading it!


Jessica's Review:

Who doesn't love a good psychological suspense with some crazy family dysfunction? LYING IN WAIT has plenty of that and features manipulation at its finest. While this has been said to be a thriller I would definitely categorize is as more of a suspense and drama - so that's always good to know when starting.

One night can change everything and secrets can tear a family apart. "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." Talk about an opening line! Lydia and her husband Andrew find themselves in trouble when they kill Annie Doyle one night in 1980. A secret that they are burying deep in their garden. With their son, Laurence, suspicious and Karen, Annie's sister, determined to find her this proves to be a lot to handle for the couple.

Lydia is obsessed with keeping up her image and that of her family. A picture-perfect life of luxury is how she wants to continue to be perceived by those around them. Of course, nothing is every as it seems.

We jump between Lydia, Laurence, and Karen throughout the novel. Nugent did a fantastic job intertwining these stories and the characters. I also loved how she peeled back the layers of each character and events were slowly starting to make sense. All I have to say is that Lydia is the epitome of manipulation. I could not believe the extent of her control as the story unfolded! That ending? Was not expecting it to go in that direction, at all!

If you want a great psychological suspense novel that centers around family dysfunction and lengths a woman will go to keep her son safe, then this needs to be on that summer TBR!

I give this 5/5 stars!

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