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Lying in Wait: A Novel Hardcover – June 12, 2018
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“A tense, taut, almost gothic thriller…impossible to stop reading.” -- Marian Keyes, New York Times bestselling author
"Like Unraveling Oliver (2017), this is a whydunit, not a whodunit, and the real meat lies in Nugent's exploration of motherhood, mental illness, and what could drive a person to murder... A page-turner chock full of lies and betrayals and a very creepy mother-son relationship." ― Kirkus Reviews
"A devastating psychological thriller... Lydia is the most intriguing puzzle; equal parts victim and villain, she simultaneously inspires pity, outrage, and horror. The result is an exquisitely uncomfortable, utterly captivating reading experience." ― Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)
"[A] chilling tale of the sociopathic mind… Readers who love sinister psychological thrillers will tear through these pages." ― Library Journal (starred review)
“Nugent introduces an unforgettable cast of characters in this tour de force…astonishing....everyone should grab it the second it appears." ― Booklist (starred review)
“[A] dark, captivating psychological thriller.” ― PEOPLE
"Truly outstanding." ― Crime by the Book
"Just when you think you have things figured out, Nugent throws everything off-kilter again. All of the primary characters --- including the dead woman, Annie --- are complicated and well-rounded...and defy easy categorization as “villain” or “hero.” Readers who first encountered Nugent’s work only recently will be thrilled with this new-to-us thriller --- and will be thronging for even more of her excellent work to make its way across the pond."
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501167774
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501167775
- Publisher : Gallery/Scout Press (June 12, 2018)
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #378,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ms Nugent is a good writer. But the story and characters in this book didn’t do it for me. So many outlandish scenarios, yet I was still bored. I just didn’t connect with anyone and didn’t care what happened (which, in the end, was pretty much nothing). Worse, though — I don’t feel like the author was connected to any of the characters, either, or cared about them. Maybe that’s why they all sounded so similar? I mean, these characters should’ve come across as a very diverse group, but instead came across as outlines of people who all had almost the same voice. I felt beat over the head with the author making sure I knew one character was trashy, one was a snob, one was fat, one was psychotic, one was loud and brash, etc, etc. There was no subtlety involved in the descriptions of these characters, or letting the reader figure it out.
I don’t expect happy endings with every book I read, but they should have some modicum of reality and reasoning, not just some abrupt, “And evil won out, everyone’s lives were ruined, the end”. Maybe she got as tired of writing it as I did reading it.
I love a good psychological thriller. But this was one nasty unpleasant read.
I did not find ANYTHING plausible. Nothing. I was so turned off by the mother in this book. Rarely have I despised a character more.
Larry was no angel but that ending..whoa. He did not deserve THAT. And I just could not buy the convenience, the timing, any of it.
The mother is basically a serial killer. She is indirectly responsible for her husband's death as well as ruining her son's life and then there is the girl she actually killed.
I do not believe the police would just assume it was Larry. Not even with that evidence. There was so much I found implausible. I originally rated it a 1 but upped my rating because I did read through to the end. *Then thinking about it I went back to a one). And in the beginning I thought I might like it.
Basically this book is about how this evil woman tortures her whole family and gets away with it. And Karen? (I think that is her name.) I did not buy that she becomes a super model THAT quickly. I mean..lots of women are pretty but it seemed she just decided to model and then..she made it big. I did not buy anything like I said about the book.
And the ending was just..I can handle a bad ending. Lots of books I get have a bad ending. But this was extreme. And you don't even know if he lives or not or if he is brain damaged. At the end it is implied she leaves him chained outside in the rain. I am sorry but this book was to extreme for me and I do not recommend it.
I kept seeing this book everywhere, and couldn't WAIT to read it. So when it landed on a Kindle sale for $3.99, I snapped it right up. The first night I started reading it, it kept me up until around 2 AM. I couldn't stop.
I don't like to write book reviews that include any sort of synopsis. Not only because I personally prefer to go in blind, or semi-blind, but it's easy enough to glance at the description on the Goodreads, Amazon, or whatever page and I feel it to be quite redundant. So I will just say that, like most books I read, this is a murder story that doesn't really go the way you think it will. It's not a MYSTERY, because the opening detail reveals what happened and who did it. The interesting part of this story is how things spiral out of control from there, and how many peoples lives this very huge mistake shapes and changes.
I finished the book this morning and I feel...weird. Disturbed. Dirty. What a great book. There is some serious creepy Oedipal vibes happening between Lydia and her son, Laurence. I got kind of a V.C. Andrews sense from the writing style. I am haunted - the subject matter could have been spun very badly. It could have been trite, or oversexed, or cliche. Instead, Liz Nugent has struck a perfect macabre balance and woven a tale that will make you feel unsettled, fascinated, and shaken.
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, her over-nurtured obese son, Laurence and the sister of the aforementioned murder victim, Karen. This is most certainly a character driven book with the murder serving as a link between the characters. This is not a murder mystery or a thriller, it's not horror....I honestly don't know how to describe it other than pure brilliance. It's been a long time since a book has made me lol and I know it seems absurd that a "dark and creepy" book could elicit that sort reaction but it's true. Liz Nugent has masterfully weaved these profoundly flawed characters into a dysfunction junction that I never wanted to leave. My first read by Nugent but certainly not my last, I have already bought Unraveling Oliver.
Top reviews from other countries
This is not a traditional crime novel, although it does kick off with a murder. However, we know from the very beginning both who and why. Hmm… I hear you say? So what is the point in that? Well, dear reader, pick up this book and you will have presented to you a truly spectacular character-driven novel that will propel you straight into the lives of the most dysfunctional family you will ever meet! Told from the point of view of Lydia, Laurence and Karen your mind will go into meltdown with manipulation, lies, control, obsession and deceit all combining to provide you with a knockout read! The people you meet within these pages will claw their way under your skin and leave you tingling long after you turn the last pages. Let’s just say you are going to be glad that you don’t have a mother(or a wife) like Lydia and if you do then run for the hills!
The plot is deviously twisted and brilliantly engineered and believe me you are going to be reading with an open mouth all the way through.
Truly outstanding read and what sort of a brilliant mind comes up with a novel this dark! Liz Nugent you have found yourself a brand new fan!