Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent


About the book:

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.

About the author:

Liz was born in Dublin in 1967, where she now lives. She has written successfully for soap opera, radio drama, television plays, short stories and animation for children.

Liz’s first novel Unravelling Oliver was published to critical and popular acclaim in March 2014. It quickly became a firm favourite with book clubs and reader’s groups. In November of that year, it went on to win the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year at the Bord Gais Energy Book Awards and was long listed for the International Dublin Literature Prize 2016. She was also the winner of the inaugural Jack Harte Bursary provided by the Irish Writers Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Dec 2014.

Aside from writing, Liz has led workshops in writing drama for broadcast, she has produced and managed literary salons and curated the literary strand of Skibbereen Arts Festival in July 2016.

Her second novel, Lying in Wait, was released into the wild on July 7th.

Myself and Liz

My thoughts:

Well now!!! Where do I even begin with Lying In Wait?! What a book!!! 😱 I’m going to keep this short, because it’s all good and I don’t want to ramble on! 😂

I knew from the very first line (which is awesome) that I was going to enjoy this book. Once I started, I didn’t want to put it down, it was just such an engaging book! 

From the characters, to the era to the setting, it is just excellent! Liz Nugent has written a claustrophobic, tense and very unnerving book. 

I don’t want to go into too much detail because I’m afraid I’ll give away something and that’s something I do not want to do! The best thing about this book is the characters and the various personal journeys they go on. It’s hard to comprehend how they end up where they do, but that’s testament to the greatness of Liz’s writing!

I was lucky enough to meet Liz this week (read about it here Rick O’Shea’s Book Club- Liz Nugent Rick O’Shea’s Book Club- Liz Nugent) and one of the things she said was that she wants to grab readers by the throat and keep them reading until they are dropped like a stone after the last page. I’m pretty sure she managed to do that with Lying In Wait, it is unputdownable.

I cannot recommend Lying In Wait highly enough! All the stars! ⭐️

Buy the Book: (ebook) 

Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent

12 thoughts on “Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent

  1. Wonderful review, Kate. And what a great experience it must have been to meet Liz! Looks like a “must read”. It’s on my list.

  2. I need to read this especially after this review. It sounds like a great read and its the kind of book that I normally go for. Great review.

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