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review 2017-08-08 15:52
Lying in Wait: Ann Rule's Crime Files: Vol.17 - Ann Rule

I feel bad for saying this, but I found most of the stories in this volume to be tedious and boring. Heck, I ended up just skimming the last two stories. 


The Baby Seller-The first one about a baby seller should have been interesting. But I think due to all of the criminal activities the woman was involved in, the whole story read as muddled. I am still confused about who did what to who as well. Things were very confusing to me as a reader. It still reads to me that perhaps the accused wasn't charged with the other victim who was included in this story. Or maybe I just read it incorrectly. Rule also weirdly includes a story about a woman whose baby was kidnapped and returned and had nothing to do with the main story at all. 

Secrets of the Amorous Pizza Man-I felt irritated through this whole story. Maybe because we got bare bones about the victim and the accused in this one. Rule spends more time describing how Poleys (people who have gone to live in the North Pole) interact and details about them. I needed more information in this one. 


A Road Trip to Murder-This one was appalling. A white supremacist and his girlfriend go on a killing spree. This one was really rushed I thought and I am still unclear on several things that are portrayed in this one. And weirdly at times Rule seems to show admiration for the accused because he was a stand up guy who didn't want to get his friends in trouble and was intelligent.


Murderous Epitaph for the Beautiful Runaway-There seemed to be a good deal of well what did she expect to happen in this one when I read it. Once again, I doubt Rule meant it to come across that way, but it definitely reads that way to me.


Tracks of a Serial Rapist-I have read this story at least three times now in other volumes.


Take a Lifer Home to Dinner . . . with Murder for Dessert!-Ugh. I didn't even finish this last story. I was really irritated after realizing I read the above story again.

Once again this volume does not hang together very well. This volume is called "Lying in Wait" and the first story shows that these women actually met the woman who ended up killing them. So there was no lying in wait there. I guess there was some element to that in some of the other stories here and there. 

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review 2016-12-27 19:39
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent

„My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.“
This is the opening line of this book and it introduces us to Lydia Fitzsimmons. You better not mess up with her. Then Lydia, the fragile and protected wife of judge Andrew Fitzsimmons, mother of a little boy, is a psychopath.

Lydia comes from a wealthy family. There was always money and she was raised to do nothing except being a wife and a mother. She lives in a big mansion which she inherited and she does not like to socialize. She just needs her husband and her son. But now their money is gone, and somehow they got into a stupid deal with Annie. But Annie did not intent to keep to their deal, she took the money and threatened to blackmail them. Andrew got angry and tried to strangle her. But the final blow came from Lydia who could not stand that Andrew just was not able to do the job properly. She also had the idea to bury Annie in the garden. They could not go to prison, they have their son to care about. Lydia is going back to normal but Andrew is feeling guilty and is in constant fear of being arrested. His conditions and health are rapidly declining and he soon dies. Lydia is perplex and has a breakdown. There was always somebody to take care of her. Laurence decides to start working instead of going to college. So he can support his mother and take care of her now. Lydia likes that very much and she wants to have it like that forever. And she is willing to do everything to keep Laurence with her in the mansion.

Lydia is narcissistic and manipulative. She keeps saying that everything she is doing is out of mother’s love and for Laurence wellbeing. But instead it is egoism. It is a miracle that Laurence turned out so well as an adult. Of course he does not see the real Lydia, she can hide her inner psychopath very well. She knows exactly how to manipulate her son. It is easy to hate Lydia. Laurence is a bit tiring with his efforts to please everybody and he is very lenient towards his mother. Karen, Annie’s Sister, is the third narrator. Her loss and her struggle to be an independent woman in Ireland in the 1980s is very realistic.

This book is a dark psychological thriller with difficult characters and a tragic story. It tells the story of an obsessive mother who is also a psychopath without empathy. Annie’s death starts a series of events which leads to a downward spiral which neither Laurence nor Karen could escape. The book is well written, maybe a little bit aloof; the story multi layered and gripping. I would highly recommend it.

I received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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review 2016-08-29 11:15
"Lying in wait", By Liz Nugent. MAGNÍFICA.
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent

No contaré nada de la novela. Solamente diré que es la mejor que he leído en inglés este año. Si "Unraveling Oliver" me gustó, esta creo que aún es mejor.


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review 2016-08-03 00:00
Lying in Wait
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent Liz Nugent's opening line in this twisted and devious page turning mystery certainly creates an impact.

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

Having loved Liz Nugent's previous novel [b:Unravelling Oliver|19099368|Unravelling Oliver|Liz Nugent|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1390908506s/19099368.jpg|27128785][bc:Unravelling Oliver|19099368|Unravelling Oliver|Liz Nugent|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1390908506s/19099368.jpg|27128785] I was thrilled to get an opportunity to read her latest novel Lying in Wait and I certainly was not disappointed as her plot lines, character development and writing is sharp and vivid and this author certainly knows how to tell a story. I have read a lot of mediocre mysteries and Psychological thrillers over the past few months and had become a bit disillusioned with the same old same old. But Lying In Wait really restored my faith and had me hooked from the first sentence.

"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"

This is wonderfully assured and beautifully written second novel from Liz Nugent where the characters are well drawn and the plot simmers with tension. I loved the setting and the sense of time and place in 80s Dublin.

A brilliant tale of obsessive love, a multi layer thriller that I would recommend for everyone's summer reading list.

My Thanks to Penguin and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this novel

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review 2016-07-05 10:45
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent

One late night in early November Andrew Fitzsimons meets with Annie Doyle. That meeting does not go well and Annie Doyle dies. Andrew, a judge, and his wife Lydia cover up Annie's death. Andrew begins to fall apart whilst Lydia maintains that life has to go on, for the sake of their son, Laurence. And she is determined to keep the family together, whatever the cost...


Lying in Wait starts with one of the best opening lines in a novel I have read in recent years. It provides a clue as to the character of Lydia and sets the tone for the rest of the story. The story is narrated by Lydia, her son Laurence and Karen, who is the sister of Annie Doyle and is looking into her disappearance. This is a fantastic way of telling the story as the reader sees the story progress from different viewpoints, allowing the plot to build layer upon layer.


Liz Nugent is skilled at creating compelling characters. Lydia is quite hideous. She is narcissistic, selfish, manipulative and conniving, a sociopath that is quite chilling to read. She is the catalyst for all of the events that occur in the book, from causing Andrew, her husband, to be in the position he is in with Annie Doyle, to the controlling way she clings onto her son, Laurence. Everything she does is for her own ends, from controlling what Laurence eats, to leading her husband to murder. The clue to her character is in the opening line and sets the tone for the rest of the story. There are points in the novel when the reader knows that Lydia is up to something, things that are obvious to the reader but to which the other characters are oblivious. And that is the point. As readers we are privy to Lydia's sociopathic tendencies, we can have hints and clues to her real personality that those around her don't have. It is this that makes the book all the more compelling and chilling. Laurence is torn between wanting his independence, adjusting to his life as a young adult and unwittingly fighting being his mother's son. Karen's life is shaped by the disappearance of Annie, and by Annie's life choices before her death, and this has a lasting effect on how her life plays out.


There is an underlying malice that runs throughout the book, the reader is left wondering how things will turn out, and how Lydia will manipulate things to get her own way. It draws you along, the short chapters urging you to read 'just one more' and it soon hooks you in.


A quick note about the cover, something I rarely do. The cover does a great job at invoking the sense of tension and unease that litters the novel. Someone said to me the house on the front cover looked creepy. I responded that it was the people inside you had to worry about...


This is not a traditional crime novel. We know from the outset that someone has died, and who the perpetrator is. This novel is about the fall out from the murderous deed, the motivation behind it and what drives people to kill. It is a study of the human psyche and a true psychological thriller.


In her debut novel, Unravelling Oliver, Liz Nugent showed she is adept at writing stories with characters that are on the edge of social acceptance, who bend reality and laws to their own will. In Lying in Wait she firmly cements herself as a skilled storyteller, who's monstrous creations are all the more effective for their outwardly normal facades. They are hidden in plain sight, could be anyone and this makes it all the more effective. I look forward to reading more from Liz Nugent in the future.

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