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Lying in Wait

 Author: Liz Nugent
Published: 7 July 2016
Reviewed: 6 August 2016 
5 out of 5 Stars
Copy supplied by Penguin Books (UK) in return for an honest review
Description:
 

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.

My Thoughts & Review:

Lying in Wait is one of those books that sets the tone right from the opening lines.  
Set in Dublin in 1980, the reader meets Lydia Fitzsimmons, a formidable woman with an utterly warped personality who has driven her husband to murder.  Instead of being a traditional murder story where all clues point to the mysterious perpetrator, this story takes the reader on a journey through the motivations for killing, the messes left behind after murder and gives an insight in to the psychology behind it.

With narration from Lydia, the reader is privy to her thoughts which is interesting as it gives a chilling insight to this character and her conniving ways.  Something other characters are unaware of throughout the story which makes it more enjoyable to read.  
Narration also comes from Lydia and Andrew’s son Laurence and Karen Doyle, the sister of the victim.  

All of the characters are expertly created, some that the reader cannot help but hate.  Lydia is one such character, she is narcissistic, manipulative and verging on sociopathic.  Her obsessive tendencies toward her son are claustrophobic; feeling she “owns” him because she gave birth to him, controlling aspects of his life including the foods he eats.   
Karen is a fantastic character, and one that readers will struggle not to feel sympathy for and like.  She’s strong and loves her sister deeply, her determination to find out what happened to her sister is moving.   

With short chapters, this book moves along at a great pace, falling victim to “just one more chapter before bed” I read this in one night.  Nugent is a very skilled writer, evoking a wealth of emotion from readers, creating characters that make the blood boil with rage, and creating a storyline so thoroughly dark and twisted.

A gripping read, dark and extremely thought provoking.  

You can buy a copy of Lying in Wait here. 

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