Arc Review: Lying In Wait

Lying In WaitLying In Wait By Liz Nugent

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Pages: 336 pages
Publication Date: June 12th 2018
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. 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.

My Thoughts: So I recently read and reviewed Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent which I loved. You can find my review here. I was so excited when I heard Liz had a new book coming out. Liz is honestly becoming one of my favorite authors. This is the second book by her that I ended up rating 5 stars.

This is one of those thrillers that starts you off with the murder. Right away you find out that Annie Doyle was killed by Lydia’s husband and she deserved it. So I find when this happens in a book, the rest that follows ends up falling flat for me. However it was not the case with this book. Liz Nugent still has a lot of explaining to do. There is so much left to uncover. That’s what I really love about her books. She tells you something shocking but yet there is still so much more to it that she has yet to unravel.

Now the way Liz let’s everything unravel is through the characters. Her stories are very character based. She knows how to develop the character overtime so that it works for the story. She gets her shocks through actions of the characters in the past and in the present. Man did I love seeing how these characters reacted to the certain situations put in front of them.

Since Liz is big on character development, she likes to use multiple point of views. I feel when done right it can be really enjoyable. I felt for this book three was the perfect amount. In her book, Unraveling Oliver, she had over five point of views. I still really enjoyed that book but for the first couple of chapters it took some getting use to. In Lying in Wait, I had no problem getting into the story right away. I couldn’t wait to see how these characters were connected to each other.

Lastly, Liz really got me with her ending. I was not expecting it at all. I had some theories of what I thought was going to happen at the end but I was completely wrong. I’m not saying anything about it besides holy shit.

I highly recommend you check out Liz Nugent’s books. They do not disappoint. Plus I feel it is very different from a lot of the popular thrillers out there. I haven’t seen too many character driven thrillers like this. It’s a really nice change of pace. I can’t wait to get my hands on Liz’s other new book. Apparently right now it’s only in Ireland. Bookdepository.com here I come!

This was a buddy read with Jenna @J.K. I’m Exploring. Make sure you check out her review of Lying in Wait as well!


Have you guys read this book early? If so did you end up enjoying it? If not are you planning to pick it up? I would love to hear from you guys in the comments below.

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16 thoughts on “Arc Review: Lying In Wait

  1. You’re right, she is unlike any other thriller writer and I’m loving it.
    Your review made me remember Laurence’s child development! I forgot to mention it in mine. You see him grow from the mentality of a ten-thirteen year old (maybe that was just how I was reading it) to that of a grown man within the span of a couple years. It was like he wasn’t even the same person anymore!

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    1. Yeah I really enjoy her different take on thrillers. It’s so refreshing when I feel things can get so repetitive.
      Oh that is so true. She did great character development with him. It was so nice to see him grow over those couple of years.

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  2. I typically like to listen to thrillers on audio so I’m going to recommend this one to my library because that who “she deserved it thing” makes me want to read it right now. My mom loves this types of books so I’ll definitely recommend it to her.

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    1. If it is anything like Liz Nugent’s other audiobook for Unraveling Oliver, I highly recommend. It had so many different characters and each was voiced by a different person. This book only has three characters so I can’t see why they wouldn’t do the same. I feel it’s probably even better on audio. I can’t wait for to read it and hear your thoughts!

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  3. Oh this sounds intriguing!
    I read Skin Deep by Liz Nugent and it had a similar set up with the plot and murder and all.
    She does suspense so well!😃
    I got this book waiting on my kindle.

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    1. Oh I really want to read Skin Deep!! It’s not available in the U.S. yet 😦 I really want to get it. So I might buy it after I read more of the books I have. I know I can get it on book depository.
      She does write suspense well. I really enjoyed Unraveling Oliver by her.
      I can’t wait to hear what you think of Lying in Wait.

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