Book Review: Lying in Wait by @lizzienugent @PenguinRandomIE


Published: July 2016

Publisher: Penguin Ireland

Source: ARC 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.

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I've often said that Gillian Flynn is the queen of the opening paragraph. Well Liz Nugent is the Queen of the opening line. Because who needs a whole paragraph? That's sooo two years ago.

I'm very stingy when it comes to giving books five stars but this is the easiest five stars I've ever given.

I'm not one for nice characters. To be honest, I find good law abiding citizens in books rather boring. I'd much rather hate -love a character than admire them. Even though there is something to be admired in Lydia's deviousness. She's almost like a lioness protecting her cub. If that lioness was mentally unstable that is.

She spends the majority of the book manipulating everyone else around her. She manipulated her husband into this deal with Annie and now she manipulates Laurence into keeping her terrible secret. Laurence in turn then uses this to keep Annie's sister in his life. It's a vicious circle.

I've seen a lot of sympathy for Laurence amongst reviewers but I felt none for him. I loved Lydia's character but the subtle deviousness in Laurence is so well written that it's almost hard to spot. Liz Nugent winds reader around her little finger, almost begging the reader to feel sorry for this poor overweight boy who has to deal with his poor overbearing mother. The reality is that he was just as devious as his mother. The apple never falls far from the tree. The fact that Liz could weave this into his character but still have him be somewhat likable is a testament to her skill as a writer.

While reading Lying in Wait you'll find yourself slotting characters into 'Good' and 'Bad' boxes. You'll be prepared to feel a certain way about every character before every pre-conceived notion comes crashing down with the turn of a page. Nothing is certain in this book. And I loved that.

The chapters in Lying in Wait are short and snappy. This made it almost impossible to put down as the end of chapter teases you into turning the page and starting the next until you've realised that it's five hours later, the dinner is burned and no shopping has been done. Thanks Liz.



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