Lying in Wait

Category: Book
By (author): Nugent, Liz
Subject:  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Psychological
  FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological
  FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: December 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.75in x 4.12in x 1.00in
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The second heart-stopping suspense novel by international bestselling author Liz Nugent-filled with dark secrets, twisted relationships, and unexpected surprises.

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

In 1980s Dublin, Lydia Fitzsimons seems to have the perfect life-wife of Andrew, a respected judge, and mistress of Avalon, the beautiful house where she grew up. Her pride and joy, however, is her only child, her son Laurence, to whom she is utterly, obsessively devoted.

But her husband's murder of Annie Doyle, accidental or not, sets into motion a dark downward spiral. No one knows what Lydia and Andrew were doing with a drug-addled prostitute late at night on a deserted stretch of the strand near Dublin, but they stuffed her body into the trunk of their car and buried it in their tidy suburban garden, hoping that will put the matter to rest. Annie was a junkie from the wrong side of the tracks; surely no one will miss her or care to find out what happened to her.

Except that Annie has a sister. Her twin, Karen, who has fared much better in life, is desperate to find her. And when Karen crosses paths with Laurence, isolated and lonely, things begin to unravel. Laurence may be overweight and ungainly and bullied at school, but he's more clever than he's given credit for. He knows that something is very, very wrong in the Fitzsimons household-and he is determined to discover the truth...
Review Quote*"A devastating psychological thriller. . . .  An exquisitely uncomfortable, utterly captivating reading experience."
Review Quote*"A chilling tale of the sociopathic mind. . . . Readers who love sinister psychological thrillers will tear through these pages to discover how far Lydia will go to keep her son at home, and what accidents will befall those who cross her."
Review Quote*". . . a novel of dark, desperate psychological suspense much in keeping with the pace of her debut, the bestseller Unravelling Oliver. This is a topsy-turvy thrill ride that will make you question the veracity of each character right until the chilling end."
Review Quote*"Like Unraveling Oliver (2017), this is a whydunit, not a whodunit, and the real meat lies in Nugent's exploration of motherhood, mental illness, and what could drive a person to murder...  A page-turner chock full of lies and betrayals and a very creepy mother-son relationship."
Review Quote*"Nugent introduces an unforgettable cast of characters in this tour de force…astonishing....everyone should grab it the second it appears."  
Review Quote*"[A] dark, captivating psychological thriller."
Review Quote*"Truly outstanding."
Review Quote*"Just when you think you have things figured out, Nugent throws everything off-kilter again. All of the primary characters --- including the dead woman, Annie --- are complicated and well-rounded...and defy easy categorization as "villain" or "hero." Readers who first encountered Nugent's work only recently will be thrilled with this new-to-us thriller --- and will be thronging for even more of her excellent work to make its way across the pond."

Review Quote*"Though we know Lydia and Andrew Fitzsimmons' big secret by the end of the first sentence of Nugent's book, it's why they did it that initially remains a mystery...The secret may be out, but the intrigue remains."