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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
Expected publication: 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
Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, noir, suspense
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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 ha
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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
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.
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
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
“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
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
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!
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
 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
Adrian Dooley
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle but the lying tramp deserved it"
The opening line of the book. I was one sentence in and I already had a little smile on my face. Hoping the rest of the novel had the same impact on me as that superb opening line.

The book does indeed start with the murder of drug user and prostitute Annie Doyle by Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons, a well to do couple, Andrew a court judge and Lydia a rather reclusive home maker, both living in Avalon, Lydia's family home,
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
Penguin (UK)

Description: An absorbing, twisty, brilliantly observed story of murder in high places. The last people who expect to be meeting with a drug-addicted prostitute are a respected judge and his reclusive wife. And they certainly don't plan to kill her and bury her in their exquisite suburban garden. Yet Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons find themselves in this unfortunate situation. While Lydia does all she can to protect their innocent son Laurence and their social standing, her husband beg
Joanne Robertson
I was really looking forward to reading this as I just loved Unravelling Oliver (so much so that I bid on a signed copy in a charity auction recently!) So I settled down in bed after waking early (noisy birds don't seem to realise the difference between weekdays and weekends!) and I lay and read.....and didn't stop until I had finished! I was so caught up in this horrifically dysfunctional family that the pages practically turned themselves in apprehension!

This isn't a crime whodunit, although w
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
Lying in Wait is a family-driven drama with gothic undertones and in-your-face psychological dark storytelling.

I have never read anything by Liz Nugent, but I see all of her books talked about on social media and Goodreads. Lying in Wait is my first read by the famously talented author and was very excited to pick it up. The story starts off with a bang immediately; setting the tone for the rest of the story going forward. The story POVs alternate between Lydia Fitzsimmons, her son Laurence, a
Andrew Fitzsimons was a respected judge while his wife Lydia was a strong and dominant woman, though not one to seek the limelight. She also idolised her son Laurence to the point of obsession. Laurence was their only child and while Lydia had had many miscarriages after his birth, she was still desperate to give him a sibling. The Fitzsimons family lived in a regal old mansion called Avalon; it had been Lydia’s family home and she had never left it, continuing to live there with her father unti ...more
Natalie Richards
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-book
What a quick read! Ridiculously far fetched and completely improbable but highly entertaining. Liz Nugent creates really good stories and characters, that are so enjoyable. This is my second book of hers and I will definitely read her again.
Louise Wilson
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband did not mean to kill Anne Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it. OMG what an opening line this is and it reels you in.

Respected Judge Andrew Fitzsimons and his reclusive wife Lydia are the last people you would expect to. Be meeting a drug -addicted prostitute. They also did not expect to bury her in their garden.

Lydia does all she can to protect her son Laurence and their social standing. Will it all fall apart?

This is quite a dark, tense thriller which is well written and often had
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed, “Unravelling Oliver,” by Liz Nugent, so was delighted to receive her follow-up novel for review. Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons are an extremely respectable couple; Andrew a judge and Lydia the homemaker, who delights in their detached Georgian house, on an acre of land and in the couple’s only son – Laurence. However, beneath the surface all is not as perfect as it looks, and when Andrew finds himself being blackmailed by a prostitute named Annie Doyle, the couple kill her and bu ...more
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had seen a lot of favourable reviews about Liz Nugent's works to just had to check it out for myself. I'm so glad I did. This is a terrific debut to an author for me.

Lying In Wait is a psychological thriller that sucks you in with one heck of a killer first line. It begins with a young woman being killed by a respectable couple and their covering up of the whole sorry mess. What follows is an exploration into the obsessive, borderline slightly unhinged mind of our main character, Lydia, and th
Canadian Reader
A well-to-do husband and wife want to shake up a young hare-lipped prostitute (who plans to blackmail the man, a judge), but they accidentally kill her instead. They hide the body, where it is unlikely to be found: on their estate. These details are not spoilers; the author reveals them right from the start. The propulsive plot revolves around what the knowledge of the murder does to those who know about it (the couple has a teenaged son who puts two and two together very quickly) and to the fam ...more
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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.

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