Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent | Book Review

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent. Advance Reader Copy (eARC) via Netgalley included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

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

Now, there’s an opening line that packs a punch and it’s just the beginning. Lydia and Andrew Fitzsimons appear to have it all; good money, a lovely home and son who wants for nothing.

Andrew is a respected judge; a judge who loses the family money and in an effort to avoid bankruptcy agrees to a scheme thought up by his wife. A scheme that leaves them with a body to conceal.

Lydia is hell bent on protecting her social status, her home, the reputation of her husband and her son. No matter what the cost. As the years pass, Lydia proves just what lengths she will go to in order come up smelling of roses.

The good

Told from multiple points of view; Liz Nugent skilfully weaves a web of deceit, showing the fallout one incident has for two families. Just when you think you’ve figured everything out, Nugent skilfully takes the story in a different direction.


Lying in Wait holds the reader’s attention right to the end. Liz Nugent has once again written a world full of complexity, depravity, secrets and the central question of whether ‘badness’ is a case of nature or nurture.

Lying in Wait is an engrossing psychological thriller that is sure to feature on a number of best books of 2016 lists. It has certainly earned a place on mine.

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