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Review: Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent


The first scary movie I ever remember seeing was I Know What You Did Last Summer. I know, right? Not some timeless classic, like Psycho or It, but the summer, slasher flick starring Freddy Prinze Jr. and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I would still eagerly go see the next scary blockbuster during opening weekend–if my boyfriend were into scary movies. However, I think my love for scary movies helped create my love for thriller and suspense novels.

“My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.” – Lying in Wait, Liz Nugent

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent is the first suspense novel of the year that has audibly made me gasp in surprise. Readers learn fairly quick that Annie Doyle has been murdered by Andrew, a high-ranked judge, and his wife, Lydia. This novel follows the guilty family as they try to cope with their decisions that led them to murder, as they try to hide their secrets and as they try move on with their live–but their suspicious son Laurence doesn’t make moving on easy. Told in a split-narrative, readers will hear from several different characters–but not all of them are exactly reliable.

Upon finishing Lying in Wait, I quickly added Nugent’s other novels to my “to-read” list on Goodreads! Once you have read so many thriller and suspense novels, it can be easy to expect the twists or surprise endings. However, with Nugent’s work, I suspected a totally different climax and ending! As an author, she doesn’t fall into common plot lines or tropes of the genre, which was refreshing and exhilarating. As I mentioned, I would audibly gasp during parts of this novel and stayed up a little too late, on more than one occasion, to continue reading! I also found my loyalties to different characters were constantly changing. With each new piece of information or insight, Nugent is able to manipulate her readers into rooting for almost everyone at some point! I may be wrong, but I believe Lying in Wait was previously published in Europe, but is now available (with a beautiful new cover) in the US as of today! I highly recommend grabbing a copy, curling up and digging in.

Rating: 5/5

Best binged with: Apothic Dark Red Blend–something moody and mysterious for this exceptional suspense novel! 

[I received a digital, advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.]

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