Lydia Fitzsimmonds lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia craves to make her life complete, and she is determined that her husband will get if for her. The last thing she expects is that her obsession will lead to murder.
However, not even a dead body can stop Lydia in her tracks. If anything, it makes her more determined to get her own way – whatever the cost…
Lying in Wait has been at the top of my TBR (To Be Read) pile for a while, a fan of her later work you can read my reviews of Unravelling Oliver here and Our Little Cruelties here. A go to author for sharp and tense thrillers I know I am in for a good read when picking up this author’s work.
Lying in Wait was exactly what I hoped it would be, suspenseful, gripping, sinister, twisty… the list continues. Ostensibly about a missing girl, but that plotline barely scratches the surface. Without spoilers Nugent has created some fantastic characters here in this thriller / domestic noir. Told from several perspectives the character’s paths cross and interweave as the story progresses, spanning nearly 40 years.
Supported by a strong plot, this character driven novel is a compelling read. Damaged characters are authentically developed which is a real strength of this novel and indeed is a consistent feature of Nugent’s work – her ability to write accurate character portrayals with an inclination towards the darker side of humanity. Lying in Wait is a difficult novel to review without giving too much away, but is best described as a family drama, twisted and dark with secrets aplenty. Starting with a dead girl, her story and Lydia’s come together briefly resulting in her demise but what follows is an intricate story linking the two forever more.
Incorporating themes of mental illness, family and relationships this novel is highly readable, told in the first person narrative from multiple perspectives at around 350 pages it is a quick read. I enjoyed it immensely, published 5 years ago I am sure many have read it, but like Nugent’s other books this should hold a wide appeal and is highly recommended by me.
Thanks as always for reading.
About the Author
Before becoming a full – time writer, Liz Nugent worked in Irish film, theatre and television. She lives in Dublin with her husband.