Title: Lying In Wait
Author: Liz Nugent
Published: July 14th 2016
Publisher: Penguin Ireland
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Length: 304 pages
Source: Paperback from the publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
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.
I love a good thriller novel. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of them and they’ve all been excellent. Lying In Wait was no exception! The action kicks off right from the start and throughout the rest of the story, we’re trying to unravel the mystery that was the dead girl. With multiple POVs, it quickly became a favourite read. I’m a sucker for multiple POVs.
Mother knows best. When Lydia Fitzsimons and her husband murder a young woman, she spends the rest of her days trying to keep things hidden and her family together. But her young son is slipping out of her control and after he discovers there’s a body in the back garden, things go downhill for Lydia and she scrambles to make things good again… with tragic consequences.
The slow unravelling of Lydia’s perfect life is perhaps the most captivating part of this story, but the gradual independence her son discovers is equally enthralling. After being coddled by his mother for so long, when he finally discovers the wonders of the world outside his suffocating home life, Laurence starts to break the hold his mother has over him.
Seeing her family disappearing before her eyes, Lydia does the unthinkable to get him back. With the old adage of ‘if I can’t have him, no one can’, Lydia sets her master plan in motion. What had been leading to a beautiful life is tragically cut short for Laurence, as his mother wins once again. But it’s not really the happy ending she had hoped for. In fact, it’s not a happy ending at all.
The exploration of Lydia – her life and relationships – was an interesting aspect to this story and gave an insight into her rather disturbed choices that, while devastating in their consequences, could be understood, given her circumstances. I really felt for the poor woman, but I also feel that she got what she deserved. What wasn’t deserved was what happened to her poor son, or the family of the girl she murdered.
Gripping, chilling, and utterly enthralling, Lying In Wait is a psychological thriller that will leave you with a weight in your stomach. Dark and gritty, this is not a happy tale.
About the Author
In her early career Liz Nugent worked as a stage manager in theatres in Ireland and toured internationally. More recently, Liz has written extensively for radio and television drama. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious Francis McManus Short Story Award. She lives with her husband in her native Dublin.
*Biography from Goodreads