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Lying in Wait

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  13,431 ratings  ·  1,992 reviews
From the author of the international bestseller Unraveling Oliver comes a “truly outstanding” (Crime by the Book), brilliantly plotted, utterly immersive novel lauded by A.J. Finn—#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window—as “extraordinary…crackles and snaps like a bonfire on a winter’s night.”

My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Gallery/Scout Press (first published June 12th 2018)
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Alexandra I think she did. It was entirely too convenient for Granny to die on Lawrence's second day in Rome. I was honestly hoping he'd skip the funeral and…moreI think she did. It was entirely too convenient for Granny to die on Lawrence's second day in Rome. I was honestly hoping he'd skip the funeral and say screw it. (less)
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Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*4.5 Stars*

So, couple things—
this author’s last name is Nugent, and not “Nugget” like the chicken, as I’d been so daftly repeating in my head, and to some actual humans as well, embarrassingly enough. It only took a full four days of the truth staring me directly in the face via hardcover to finally get it right.

But, who can possibly worry about the words on a cover when its insides are crawling with compulsive psychological mayhem brought to you in a tightly twisted package, glistening on an al
j e w e l s

Go ahead, click on Want to Read. Because you do. You will. You must.

I’m at a loss here. Positively verklempt. How do I tell you how perfect this book is without gushing? When other books fail to reach my expectations, I can rattle off the reasons I didn’t like it. With great ones, I just stumble all over myself. I apologize.

I knew this book would be good, I just didn’t know how good. The answer is: LYING IN WAIT is the new standard that all psychological suspense and crime fic
I chose this book on the description given by the publisher, I just could not resist it. The first line of the book is a killer, it just draws you into this extraordinary dark and disturbing psychological thriller. It is set in 1980s Dublin. The characters are loathsome, yet you cannot help but want to know more about them. The more you read, the murkier the story becomes, as it delves in depth into the two disparate families. There is the respectable family of the Judge, his wife and son, Laure ...more
Christina - Traveling Sister
5, uhhhh what did I just read, that was wild stars!!!

Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read!!!

*Looks up synonyms to holy shit* Wowzers ya’ll, that was Grade-A Crazy Town from start to finish! I’ve read a few psychological thrillers that threw me for a loop and redefined the genre. However, I think this is the first true psychological suspense novel that has set the bar absurdly high. Family dramas are honestly just not my favorite. For whatever reason, I get lost in all the mess and
Elyse Walters
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christmas Day is Lydia’s only son, Lawrence’s birthday, and the day her husband, Andrew died.....displacing a turkey carcass from its serving platter, falling face down across the table, his hair in turkey grease.
...Andrew drove a vintage jaguar sedan... wore a trilby hat.
He killed a girl named Annie.
...Lydia says it was an accident - but she deserved it......
...Lydia isn’t an innocent bystander,
...Lawrence isn’t an innocent bystander...

The one person you trust may be telling you only half th
Norma * Traveling Sister
Happy Canadian Publication Day to Liz Nugent!
November 27, 2018

Wowza!!! 5 Absolutely Perfect Stars! Favourite 2018 Read!

Oh my goodness, LYING IN WAIT by LIZ NUGENT was an absolutely fantastic and unputdownable read that had me totally consumed with curiosity right from the moment I read that killer opening line. I was hooked and the suspense was so intense that I was flipping through those pages as fast as I possibly could.

LYING IN WAIT by LIZ NUGENT is an engrossing, dark, disturbing, and drama
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Loved this book!

If there were ever a book to capture dark, comedic noir, this would be the one for 2018. This book is incredibly twisted, and yet there was levity and humor despite the darkness of the book. I felt “WTF?!” in the best way when reading this! Liz Nugent really has a talent for writing. I loved how this book was told like the characters repeating a story from some point in time after the events had happened, rather than experiencing it live. That may not sound appealing, but I belie
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh! What a clever, clever Author you are Liz Nugent!

So, the entire book, I am thinking "what gives? I mean, seriously what gives? I like the book, I think it is good, but what is with all the hoopla?" Then I got to the home stretch and the hoopla kicked it into high gear!

This was a fabulous twisted psychological thriller that doesn't disappoint. Nugent takes motherhood, unhealthy relationships, obsession, mental illness, secrets and murder to a whole new level in this book. The reader knows wha
Diane S ☔
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insidiously dark, an undertone of creepiness, and all done without graphic gore. This is my kind of psychological thriller, one that keeps you guessing, proving one wrong when I was sure I knew where this was going. Oh, the chains that bind, the relationships that corrupt, the hope that dwindles. Unreliable narrators, where would novels be without them. The question is who or are all of the narrators telling this story, unreliable? Are any of them on the up and up?

Tautly plotted, unraveling at
Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
Well this is amazing, a psychological thriller that really delivers and definitely lives up to the buzz and reviews that are generating for this book. It was crazy creepy, sometimes almost made me gasp (I’m not kidding here), this is one heck of a good read.

This book features a true psychopath, the meaning of which is “Psychopathy is a personality disorder which has symptoms expressed over a wide range of settings.Socially, it expresses extensive callous and manipulative self-serving behaviors w
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent certainly starts off with a bang (and on my birthday no less) that gets one’s attention, a husband and wife are out late one night and the husband strangles a young women with the wife coming in to finish her off. WHAT?? A murder duo? At that point the book definitely grabbed my interest.

You see, Lydia Fitzsimons and her husband got a little carried away covering up their secrets. The young woman was a drug addicted prostitute so who would possibly miss her? Lydia tel
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I chose this book based on the description of the cover with this opening line "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it"...

I was gravitated to this little baby right away and was anxious to dive right in. I have read many disappointing psychological thrillers over the last couple of months and was thinking that this one would be the same but Liz Nugent did a slam dunk with this psychological thriller.

I would have to say it's more of a slow-burning thriller.
Katie B
4.5 stars

This was a pretty darn near perfect read for me. I read this over the holidays and I kept forgetting to post a review until now. So my apologies in advance that not having it fresh in my mind will prevent me from doing this book justice as it was one of my favorite reads in the psychological thriller genre last year.

Things are not always as they appear. To the outside world Lydia Fitzsimons seems to have it all. She lives in a beautiful house with her husband, a well-respected judge, a
Crazy people go through the forest by taking the psycho path......

Strange how people never quite reveal every card in their deck. They wear that poker face day in and day out and keep the Joker locked inside the vault.

Lydia Fitzsimon and her husband, Andrew, have found themselves on a cold, deserted beach outside of Dublin. Hardly alone, since you've got to count that body in the trunk of the Jaguar. Andrew's hands must have squeezed a little too tight. Odd behavior for a judge who would never w
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think there should be a new fiction genre called The Best Books Ever. If there were a genre called The Best Books Ever this book would be the Best Book Ever in the genre Best Books Ever.

This book is so much dark and creepy fun. I absolutely loved it from the starting line "My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it." to the "WTF did I just read?" ending.

The story is told from three points of view in alternating chapters. The in-flipping-sane mother, Lydia, he
Carol (Bookaria)
What a chilling and well-crafted novel!

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

That is the first line of the book and what follows is a captivating and engrossing novel. Lydia Fiztsimons is the wife of a respectable Judge and loving mother to Lawrence. They live in a beautiful and large house which holds a macabre secret. 

That's all I can say without revealing too much. Once I started reading I couldn't put this book down. This is a novel about dysfunctiona
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, thriller
4 Stars

My first read by this author was "Unraveling Oliver" and I didn’t like it but I really enjoyed this one and I’m glad that I read it! Liz Nugent definitely has her own special writing style. Her style is not my usual read because from the first chapter you know about the victim and the murderer but that’s what makes it more interesting! It was a bit slow but yet again I couldn’t put it down and stop reading! I don’t count it as a mystery but it was definitely a great thriller though!

The st
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best part of this novel is the first sentence and it’s a doozy. It’s downhill from there. I enjoyed Nugent’s first novel, Unraveling Oliver, her second lacks tension. Told from the points of view of a mother, a son and a dead girl’s sister it reads like a sophomoric high school essay.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
What lies beyond the kitchen window? 

Here we have a mum who will do anything to hang onto her boy, Lawrence, despite the fact that he is grown now, and raring to get out on his own.  Who else would take care of her?  Mum is used to getting her own way.  Is she insane or merely obsessed?  And that ancient tube of screaming scarlet lipstick that is saved for special, could that have been any creepier? 

Here is a psychological thriller that won't let you down.  The opening sentence was killer, and t
Brenda - Traveling Sister
I read Lying in Wait with five of my Traveling Sisters and it made for another fantastic discussion. We highly recommend for group reads!

Lying in Wait’s first line caught our attention, peaked our interest and we all flew through this one as fast and we could. It's one of the most intriguing starts to a book we have read. The ending left quite an impression with us all too. It had us jumping up out of our chairs, throwing our arms up and cheering or yelling and chanting WOW or WHAT did I just re
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liz Nugent's opening line in this twisted and devious page turning mystery certainly creates an impact.

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

Having loved Liz Nugent's previous novel Unravelling Oliver Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent I was thrilled to get an opportunity to read her latest novel Lying in Wait and I certainly was not disappointed as her plot lines, character development and writing is sharp and vivid and this author certainly knows how to tell a story. I have read a lot o
"My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it."

Seriously, with an opener like that, how could I not keep reading? Who in the world says “the lying tramp deserved it”? Who is this person?! I must follow her around. I must! And I mean immediately. Thus begins my clenched trip down the psycho’s path.

But the sad truth is, you know one psycho, you know them all. They sort of all seem the same—mean, sly, twisted, clever. After all, evil is evil. I guess what I’m trying
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
4 wow this was quite the creepy story stars!
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"Determination becomes obsession and then it becomes all that matters."

Lydia has it all or so it seems. She is married to a judge, Andrew, has a son. Lawrence, whom she loves to an obsession, and a huge home. For many the signs pointed to a happy life and yet, Lydia is anything but happy. She is a scheming plotting woman who wants what she wants and will do what she feels is necessa
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Where do I start with Lying In Wait?! What a book!!! I’m going to keep this short, because it’s all good and I don’t want to ramble on!

I knew from the very first line (which is awesome) that I was going to enjoy this book. Once I started, I didn’t want to put it down, it was just such an engaging book!

From the characters, to the era to the setting, it is just excellent! Liz Nugent has written a claustrophobic, tense and very unnerving book.

I don’t want to go into too much detail because I’m a
Lydia Fitzsimons and her husband get caught up in some deadly business that takes a wrong turn. He’s a judge and she comes from a prestigious family so there’s a lot at stake. The things that happen afterwards are shocking, unpredictable, diabolical and...fascinating.

The opening line of this story sets the tone: “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.” Obviously, it got my undivided attention from that moment and I never got distracted. It’s delivered throu
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-w-mars
Liz Nugent you are one crafty lady. *claps hands*

A husband and wife. A son. A murder.

I'm not going to rehash the plot but just know this: I thought this book was brilliant. It was so much fun and I raced through the pages.

I'm a little up in the air on the ending. I can't quite decide if I was satisfied with it or not. I suppose I was satisfied but I just found it really sad. I will say that the ending was definitely not what I was expecting when starting this book so I've got to give Ms. Nugen
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
5+ stars!! Liz Nugent is AMAZING!

This book ties top spot for my favourite read of 2018 (so far)! Wow – this was deliciously creepy, compulsively addictive and thrillingly satisfying! I LOVED it!

The characters are fantastic! Some you will love, some you will hate, some you will love to hate. The author, Liz Nugent, does an outstanding job creating an unforgettable cast of deeply affecting characters. I had such a mixture of feelings while following the storyline – shock, anger, frustration, hope
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A high 4 stars!

Lying in Wait is a dark creepy psychological thriller! And a page turner. Very readable and very well plotted. The story starts in 1980 Dublin with the murder of Annie Doyle. The book opens with the line “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it”. The story is told from the perspective of Lydia who is the murderer’s wife, Lydia’s son Lawrence, and Annie’s sister Karen. It’s best to say little of the plot because this one is worth going into cold
Kim ~ Traveling Sister
Do you ever finish a book and have so much to say, but you are so mind f*@*%# that you don't even know what to say about it? Well that is how I feel after this book. I am speechless. The dysfunction, the ending, pretty much everything about it. I LOVED this book.

A troubled girl named Annie Doyle goes missing. Annie is not your model citizen, as a result, minimal effort is put into finding her whereabouts. Labeled as a prostitute and drug user, her family seems to be the only ones concerned of wh
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.”

^^^That line right there had me like . . . .

I mean let’s be honest. I don’t care if the tramp deserved it – or if she was a tramp – or if the husband did or didn’t mean to kill her. I just appreciate any time someone is dead and I am given an early copy to read. As mentioned a time or a thousand before, I have a bit of old lady brain so I knew I had read
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Liz Nugent worked as a stage manager in theatres in Ireland and toured internationally before writing extensively for radio and television drama.

Unravelling Oliver was published in 2014, hit the number 1 spot for several weeks and won Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.

Lying in Wait, published in 2016, went straight to number 1 and was chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club. I
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“How’r’ye, son. I’m Detective Sergeant Declan O’Toole, and that there’ –he nodded towards the back seat –‘is Detective James Mooney. Do you live in there?’ He pointed towards our house.” 1 likes
“Helen poured us some drinks. I remembered the carnations in my satchel, which I’d left at the front door. I had meant to present them to her on arrival. It seemed to me like the moment had passed. If we were now to drink gin, then The Kissing was imminent and the flowers were no longer necessary. I knocked back the gin and tonic she had poured for me. I winced at the sharp taste. I then realized why my parents sipped at their alcoholic drinks.” 0 likes
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