Lying in Wait – Liz Nugent



Published in paperback on 14th July 2016 by Penguin Ireland and available here

From the award-winning author of the No 1 bestseller, Unravelling Oliver

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

Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must – because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants …

This is a dark, twisty and utterly gripping domestic noir that you won’t be able to put down from the author hailed as Ireland’s answer to Gillian Flynn.

My thoughts

Liz Nugent has totally nailed it, with her latest novel ‘Lying in Wait’. Take one rather weird family, add a touch of murder with a lashing of dark humour and you get a seriously addictive story.

Set in the 1980s Dublin,  we get to know the well-to-do Fitzsimmon family. This is no ordinary family. They have a dark secret, one of murder. The matriarch is Lydia, a woman who will let nothing stop in her path. She is married to Andrew, a Judge. Their son is the over weight, comfort-eating Laurence. 

Wonderfully we enter into this strange world, with insight from Lydia, Laurence and the murder victim’s sister. It is beautifully twisted, with some delicious moments of evil packaged up as normality. We get to know a monster hiding in plain sight, a single minded individual with no conscience. The psychology is just superb: The mother who will manipulate, hurt and strike to protect what she has. 

With a gorgeous twist or two, we reach a rather surprising and satisfying ending. Liz Nugent certainly knows how to spin a chilling tale of everyday evil. Shocking and not so shocking. Clever and amusing. One to look out for in the shops. Recommended.



About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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