Thanks to Gallery Books for the free advanced copies in exchange for our honest reviews
LYING IN WAIT – Liz Nugent
Last year, the #allthebookreviews duo read Nugent’s debut novel UNRAVELING OLIVER. So naturally, we were excited to see what else she had in store for us. (See those reviews here)
Chandra’s Thoughts: 5/5 stars
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!
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 UNRAVELING OLIVER? Are you looking forward to this one?