Book Review: Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

July 7, 2016 Book review 6 ★★★★★

Unravelling Oliver the début novel by Liz Nugent was dark and disturbing so I couldn’t wait to see what she followed that up with it. And the answer is something even darker, even more disturbing and even more unputdownable!  The answer is Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent.

Book Review: Lying in Wait by Liz NugentLying in Wait by Liz Nugent
Published by Penguin Ireland on 7th July 2016
Genres: Crime, Family Life, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Publisher

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 begins to falls apart.

But Laurence is not as naïve as Lydia thinks. And his obsession with the dead girl's family may be the undoing of his own.

addictive CRIME Murder Mystery Must-Read Page-Turner


First Line of Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent:


“My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.”


My Thoughts on Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent:

Liz Nugent seems like a lovely, warm, witty person on social media but her imagination is dark and evil! She is not afraid to unleash that dark beast and uses it with great effect to shock and jolt her readers. Not with ghost stories but with characters that seem normal but are shady and evil. And worse we understand what made them that way which can be even more horrifying.

That jarring opening line sets the tone for the depravity within.

Lying in Wait depicts a murder and it’s not a whodunit but a whydunit as we know from the first chapter just what happened. But this is not a spoiler of the suspense in any way, I was anticipating the explosive climax and flipping pages furiously to reach that point. Plus there were lots of shocking secrets along the way.

It is told in 3 points of view – Lydia (wife of a judge), Laurence (her son) and Karen (the sister of the missing girl). Their lives are connected in a horrible, sinister way but only Lydia is aware of the extent of this. Lydia is not so much an expert in mothering as she is in smothering. And she is pretty much the best example in what not to do when rearing your child. On top of that she is a cold, cold human being.  Devoid of any traces of accountability or empathy for others.

Despite Lydia’s influence, Lawrence has lots of likeable qualities.  Even with his weaknesses, he is basically a decent person.  Karen is warm and easy to connect with. The characters are well fleshed and thoroughly believable. Every facet of human life seems to be contained within the pages – the lively characters, the blunt ones, the lonely ones. I couldn’t get enough of them.

The pace is sizzling!

I read this book very quickly as it’s one where once you start, you just want to keep reading and reading. The 3 pov’s keep you on your toes and anxious to keep going and to see just how the ‘Annie Malone incident’ as Lydia refers to it will eventually and inevitably shatter the lives of all involved.

I can’t recommend this one highly enough. Liz Nugent has nailed the art of a gripping psychological suspense novel.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars


Who should read Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent?

Highly recommended to all those who enjoy complex characters, a journey through dark themes and Irish settings. Fans of Unravelling Oliver should also adore this one and I’d also recommend it to fans of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and With Our Blessing by Jo Spain.


Thanks to the Penguin Ireland for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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6 Responses to “Book Review: Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent”

  1. Rita @ View From My Books

    Yay– five stars for all categories! I trust your judgement on this one, and because I love thrillers it’s going directly on my wishlist. It sounds like you had a blast with it.

    I had to chuckle over your beginning: “…the début novel by Liz Nugent was dark and disturbing so I couldn’t wait to see what she followed that up with it. And the answer is something even darker, even more disturbing and even more unputdownable!” Lol, it makes us sound ghoulish, doesn’t it, to be excited about dark and disturbing. But you know what, I completely understand this feeling and thank you for pointing out a title that I must have missed out on.
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  2. Dawn obrien

    oh, this sounds ace, I have it in my really high tbr pile, must move it up now! I don’t have unravelling Oliver tho so must put it on my wish list.

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