Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: Lying in Wait

Author: Liz Nugent

Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press

Publish Date: June 12, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent


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

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life: married to a respected judge, mother of a beloved son, living in the beautiful house where she was raised. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent


Lydia seems to have a prefect life, but things are not what they seem. Lydia has a secret that impacts not only her life, but others too, especially her son Laurence.

Lying in Wait is told with three alternating points of view – Lydia, Laurence, and Karen. Lydia is a wife and mother who takes pride in her home. She works hard to present a good image, but she is not a good person. Laurence is her son. He is seventeen years old when the story opens. He struggles with his weight and deals with other teen issues. He knows his parents are hiding something, and things change when he discovers their secret. Karen is sister to Annie Doyle, a troubled young woman who went missing and was never found. Karen loves her sister dearly, and continues to look for answers about her sister.

The story opens in 1980, and covers events that happen near the end of the year. Then the story picks up again in 1985. Time has passed, but it is hard to keep secrets hidden. The novel revolves around one main secret, but once one lie is told, many others follow.

The characters aren’t likable, and I wasn’t loving how some of their stories were told. Lydia is by far the most despicable character, but she’s also the most intriguing. Lying in Wait is quite twisted and does present a shocking ending. I have mixed feelings about the final section, which is kind of a ‘where are they now’ epilogue. For the most part, I enjoyed it, but there was one thing that really bothered me and took a little enjoyment of the story away.

Dark and disturbing. Lying in Wait is good for fans that enjoy a lot of family dysfunction, and a little unreliable sociopath, in their psychological thrillers.

Books by Liz Nugent:
  1. Unraveling Oliver
  2. Skin Deep
  3. Lying in Wait
  4. Little Cruelties
  5. Strange Sally Diamond

8 thoughts on “Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent [Book Review]

  1. Sorry for the unlikable characters. That can be a bother. I am reading a story that I just love. I hope your next one is like that

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