Lying in Wait – Liz Nugent

Happy Monday, everyone!

Thanks to Gallery Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

LYING IN WAIT – Liz Nugent (out tomorrow!)

Last year the #allthebookreviews duo read Nugent’s debut novel, UNRAVELING OLIVER (see our reviews here). So when we saw that she had another book coming out we were excited to see what she had to offer us!

I was not disappointed with this upcoming release 🙂

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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

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 to keep her son safe, then this needs to be on that summer TBR!

 

What did you think of Nugent’s debut novel? Is this one on your radar for the summer?

–Jess

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