'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 ...
Welcome to the Blog Tour for the paperback release of Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent, published by Penguin on 26 December 2016.
Back in July of last year, I was delighted to be part of the initial launch for Lying In Wait, it's a fabulous novel and featured it in my list of Favourite Reads of 2016. It has also been selected as a Richard and Judy Spring 2017 featured book.
" Liz Nugent's first book, Unravelling Oliver is a huge favourite of mine. I was hoping and praying that her next book would be another thrilling story, and I'm delighted to say that it certainly is.
This author doesn't ease her readers gently into her stories, just like the first line of her first book, this one opens with a bang too
"My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it."What an absolute hook! Believe me, it doesn't stop there, Lying In Wait is one of those books that is incredibly difficult to put down, and when you are away from it, you will be itching to get back to it. The characters and the plot consumed me, never far from my thoughts and constantly
Told in three voices; Lydia Fitzsimons, her son Laurence and Karen, the sister of murdered Annie Doyle and set in 1980, this is an incredibly effective technique and allows the reader more insight into the characters and the story.
Lying In Wait is not a detective story. The reader knows from that amazing opening line that Annie Doyle is dead, and who killed her. No, this is a chilling, thrilling psychological story that has twists, turns and shocks reverberating throughout.
Not since Barbara from Zoe Heller's Notes on a Scandal, have I come to detest a female character so much, but oh my goodness, Lydia is wonderful. Liz Nugent has created a monster so vivid, so unbearably unsettling, yet appearing so vulnerable and frail. Lydia is a joy to discover, although her thoughts, words and her actions make the blood run cold at times.
I could talk about Lydia for hours, but the other lead characters are just as mesmerising in their own way. Laurence is an oddity; pampered, spoilt, obese, he's been the only son of parents who adore him. Despite this, he does want to be his own person and as he ages and lurches through adolescence and into adulthood, he questions his heritage, and strikes out on his own.
Karen is feisty and strong. Left distraught by her sister's disappearance, she makes mistakes in life but is basically a good, honest and loyal character who embraces affection, even when it comes from the wrong type of person.
Tightly plotted and excellently paced, Lying In Wait is absolutely gripping. The writing is excellent, the surprises never stop. It is unnerving and irresistible, dark with a devastating twist.
Absolute genius. I loved every single word."
Liz Nugent has worked in Irish film, theatre and television for most of her adult life.
Her first novel, the No.1 bestselling Unravelling Oliver, won the Crime Fiction award in the 2014 Irish Book Awards.
She lives in Dublin with her husband.
Find out more about Liz Nugent, visit her website www.liznugent.ie
Follow her on Twitter @lizzienugent