Friday 15 July 2016

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

My huge thanks to the staff at Penguin Ireland, Cliona Lewis & Liz Nugent, I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review............

"My Husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it."

Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimmons are a very well to do couple who live in a lovely big house which has been in Lydia's family for years with their son Laurence who has never wanted for anything.  Andrew is a judge within the Irish courts whom is very well respected and Lydia is a bit of a recluse who doesn't ever see the need to leave her home with everything she has and needs within the four walls and beautiful gardens, why would she need too? But all this changes when Andrew looses quite a lot financially but tries to avoid total bankruptcy by going along with a scheme that Lydia has thought up which leads them to meeting with a drug-addicted prostitute but they find themselves in an unfortunate situation where they certainly didn't plan to kill her and bury her in their exquisite garden.

Lydia does everything she can possibly can to protect her husband, her son, their home and their respected status but her husband starts to fall apart.  Their son Laurence is not as na├»ve as Lydia thinks. When his obsession with the dead girl's family starts to surface this may come back to haunt him in the end..............

WOW, WOW, WOW!!!  I thought Unravelling Oliver was brilliant but Lying in Wait was even better, I devoured it in 2 days, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.   I LOVED it, the way Liz writes is so different to other books I've read before, it's not a 'whodunit' story, more of a 'whydunit' with layers upon layers of deception and lies that unfold before our eyes the deeper you get into it.  Lying in Wait is told from multiple characters throughout the book, each with their own story.  I have to say that I absolutely loved Lydia's character, she was everything you'd expect with a sociopath - cold, calculating, manipulating and has no regard for anyone's feelings or who they hurt on their path of destruction. And what an opening line to open a book and that ending Liz, it was perfect, I really wasn't expecting it at all but I can't really say too much without spoiling it other than just go out and buy Lying in Wait you won't regret it.  It is just brilliant and I'd HIGHLY recommend it and will go as far to say that it will definitely be in my Top Reads of 2016, so make sure you grab a copy to bring along with you on holidays as it'll be the perfect beach read.

Lying in Wait is available in Kindle and in all good bookstores from July 14th and is currently £7.99 on Kindle and £9.09 in paperback at the time of publication if this review so what are you waiting for, go and get it.

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