I can’t tell you how excited I was when a parcel from Penguin Ireland arrived containing Liz Nugent’s new novel, Lying In Wait. I’ve been dying to read more of her work having devoured her debut, Unravelling Oliver, in 2014. It might have been a bit of a wait, but I wasn’t disappointed.
Lying in Wait sees Liz return with a second book that, if anything, is even more disturbing than her first.
It all starts with Lydia and Andrew, an upstanding, respectable couple killing a young woman and burying her in the garden of their beautiful mansion. Then you get to the exciting part- the rest of the book follows the shockwaves of this brutal attack as they resonate through the years- following their hellish trail as the writer explores the impact of this event on the lives of everyone connected– and the reason it happened in the first place.
I have come to the conclusion that the worst possible outcome for ANYONE is to be born into the world as a character in a Liz Nugent novel. She isn’t afraid to put them all through the ringer, and by the end of Lying in Wait, it felt like she’d doled out equal measures of suffering to pretty much all of her imaginary friends.
I find that many thriller writers rely hooking their readers with gory description and sensationalist revelations, but Liz’s skill goes way beyond this- it lies in the slow, insidious nature of the pain and suffering her characters are submitted to- and the close examination of the ways in which the consequences of a single event- usually the outcome of one character's madness- can echo through so many lives for so many years.
I can’t go further than this without spoiling Lying in Wait for you– but I can tell you that when I came to the last page, I closed the book with a shudder of disgust as well as an acute desire to read the next Liz Nugent novel asap! Brilliant, mesmerising and, as with Unraveling Oliver, truly disturbing.
My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.'
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.
Available to pre-order now. This is definitely going to be one of my top reads of 2016!