I read Lying in Wait last year and reviewed on this blog then (you can see my original post here). When I was invited by Penguin to take part in the celebratory blog tour for the paperback release, of course I said yes. I love Liz’s books. For the blog tour, I’m re-posting my review, AND those lovely folks at Penguin have given me a signed paperback to give away. Entry details are below.
I said in my review last October that Lying in Wait might just make my Top Books of the Year 2016 list. Just so that you know, it did!
Firstly, about the book:
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 …
“My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it”.
Another killer first line from Liz Nugent. As with her debut novel ‘Unravelling Oliver‘ (which I loved, reviewed here), the story starts with a sentence that will immediately hook you in. There are only three narrators – Lydia (the wife), Laurence (Lydia’s son) and Karen (Annie Doyle’s sister) but their first person voices tell a story that will have you scrabbling to turn those pages.
The story begins in 1980. Annie Doyle will soon be dead and the sad truth is that few people will miss her. We know who killed her and why but for her family the torment will be endless. Through these three voices we see how the ramifications of her death affect the two families.
There are characters that you may feel sympathy for and others whose actions are so callous and monstrous that they take your breath away. Jealousy, obsession, manipulation, and plain old fashioned greed are at the heart of the story but as you learn more about the characters and in some cases, their backstories, you can’t help but wonder whether some people are just born with that evil gene or are they changed by circumstance and their upbringing? The author has a very clean and easy style of writing which I do enjoy. Purely matter of fact prose; no flowery words or phrases – just a careful drip feed of suspense and tension.
This isn’t a lengthy book at just over 300 pages but heavens what a lot of story it packs in and of course it wouldn’t be a Liz Nugent book without those twists. I really didn’t want to put it down. I’m not going to say anymore about the story because I really don’t want to give anything away. Just read the book. I thought it was a fabulous read and well worthy of a 5* rating.
Unravelling Oliver made it into my Top Books of 2014 list. I have a feeling that Lying in Wait might just be one of my top books of 2016.
This giveaway is for one signed paperback copy of Lying in Wait. The winner’s details will be passed to the publisher, who will arrange for the book to be despatched. Sorry, but the publisher has made this giveaway available to UK entrants only. The giveaway will close at 12 midnight (UK time) on Sunday 29 January 2017 and a winner selected by Rafflecopter.