Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

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

– Opening sentence

When I picked Lying in Wait from my bookcase earlier this afternoon, I didn’t intend to read it all in one sitting – I just couldn’t stop reading!

Lying in Wait is dramatic and ensnaring straight from the off. Seriously – just look at the first sentence (above)!

That pretty much sets the tone for Lydia Fitzsimons, a wealthy, upper-class housewife who lives in her father’s stately home in Ireland with her husband, Andrew, and their son, Laurence.

With a secret, troubled past, Lydia is heartbroken after a series of miscarriages after the birth of her first son. Desperate, and somewhat neurotic, she enlists the help of her husband to find an alternative solution…but not everything goes to plan.

Now with two secrets, Lydia must ensure that Laurence continues to grow up to be a successful young man and find a suitable class-ranking wife; without finding out the truth.

The story is narrated by three main characters – Lydia, Laurence and Karen – who all share secrets of their own. However, their lives are entwined in ways that they don’t realise, and I found my nose getting closer and closer to the pages as the story progressed and the secrets started to be revealed, because I was so caught up in the drama.

Liz Nugent really sucked me in and kept me engrossed throughout. I kept saying “just one more chapter” again and again until there wasn’t anymore left to read!

There’s so many emotions and elements to the characters in Lying in Wait, but the main theme is relationships, especially between family; the bond between mother and son; father and daughter; siblings; husband and wife.

It’s a bit of a cliche, but it highlights what people are prepared to do for the ones they love, and how far they are willing to go. What seems black or white at first, appears a very confused shade of grey when it concerns our loved ones; can something ‘wrong’ actually be ‘right’ if done in the name of love? In the heat of a moment? As an act of compassion?

I’m dying to talk to people about this one – so if you’ve read please comment below and tell me what you thought!

I can still hear him crying.

– Final sentence

4 Stars (4 / 5)


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