Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

About this book…

‘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 …

This is a dark, twisty and utterly gripping domestic noir that you won’t be able to put down from the author hailed as Ireland’s answer to Gillian Flynn.

My review…

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 we are party to an awful murder right at the start of this book, we are aware of who has been murdered, the identity of the killer and why. This book ripples out with the after effects of the murder and how relationships between characters are changed, none for the better, as well as how they mentally deal with the knowledge they have. Two family’s are affected and neither escape the fallout.

Liz Nugent seems to have a knack for creating characters that we just love to hate and she has excelled herself here with the mother we should all be glad we didn’t get, Lydia. Honestly, this woman’s obsession with her son was so darkly disturbing that I felt physically sick that a woman could feel she “owned” her son just because she gave birth to him! Poor Lawrence never stood a chance in life with a mother like her! Lawrence was the character that extracted the most emotions from me. I felt so sorry for him but I felt at times I was watching a car crash about to happen, helplessly unable to prevent the devastation that his parents are about to wreck on his life. But Lydia just doesn’t know when to stop and when further information came to light about her past not only did it become obvious that her OWN parents also had much to answer for but that she has not received the help that she so desperately needed. And a slight nod to a very interesting twin relationship also gives us much more of an understanding of the grotesque matriarch she has become. In fact this book brought to mind a poem I read years ago with the line “They f**k you up, your mum and dad” and I think this book definitely makes us question the nature v nurture theory that I find so fascinating.

This is dark, disturbing and brilliant, I just loved it. And that ending!! It probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but if you enjoyed Unravelling Oliver and books like The Liars Chair by Rebecca Whitney then you will enjoy this.

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

Lying in WaitΒ is out on 14th July 2016 and is available to buy here at Amazon UK

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

8 thoughts on “Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent”

    1. Just love her writing. This is my favourite type of book, very dark and disturbing. And I’m such a sweet little old thing in real life, you wouldn’t think it would you? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


  1. Blimey, one NOT to read at night…but sounds great. The quote you mention is from Philip Larkin’s poem called ‘This Be the Verse’. We studied his poems at school and with a start like that it’s never a poem you forget!

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