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text 2018-06-17 17:46
Reading progress update: I've read 28 out of 310 pages.
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent

My pile of conference ARCs makes me feel guilty. At least this book has only been out for a few days. I've had some of my ARCs for a few years and still haven't read them.

 

So far we have three POVs: Lydia, Karen, and Laurence. Lydia is the wife of Andrew, a judge, and has been wealthy her whole life. Until now, anyway. Andrew blew it, and now they have a mountain of debt that they're desperate to hide. They met up with a prostitute named Annie for reasons that have yet to be revealed (something to do with money). They totally didn't intend to kill her but, well, Andrew choked her and Lydia finished her off.

 

Karen is Annie's sister, the "good" sister. She was supposed to meet up with Annie, but Annie never showed. This wasn't unusual, so it took Karen a bit to start to worry about her.

 

Laurence is Lydia's son, her pride and joy. He's 17 but, to me at least, reads younger. He's bullied at school because of his weight. He knows his dad has lied to the police but he doesn't know why.

 

We'll see how this goes. I don't read thrillers much, but I'm in the mood for one right now.

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text 2018-06-12 14:54
Coming Out Today ....
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent

 

Released today in hardback cover, "Lying in Wait" is going to conquer american readers who are always up for a good dark thriller.

 

Born in Ireland, Liz Nugent is not a newcomer, she has already released two previous books and I'm shure that she has gained the respect of many readers that became instant fans.

 

Nothing better than a rainy day, a hot cup of tea and a book for a companion.

 

 

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review 2018-06-11 20:57
4 Out Of 5 "she takes bad mommy to a whole new level" STARS
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

Lying In Wait

Liz Nugent

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

 

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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What do they say about that bond between Mothers and their Sons?  Well, whatever it is that they say…this mommy takes it way too far.  Kind of like Norma Bates in Psycho. 

 

The writing or the flow was superb and this was compelling readable even though there were a few things I found lacking in it.  I wanted a bigger reveal with what was really going on.  It was somewhat anti-climatic.  Plus the characters were so glum and the atmosphere and the era was a touch depressing.  The ending…I'm not even sure how I felt about that ending.  I guess it fits with the story…crazy.

 

My cover looks like this...I just didn't feel like changing it on here:

 

 

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~MY RATING~

4STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 3.8/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.3/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 3.8/5

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Book Cover~ It's Okay

Publisher~ Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books Gallery/Scout Press

Setting~ Ireland

Source~  I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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review 2018-06-11 14:46
Compelling Read, Think that Author Chose a Softer Ending Which Didn't Work
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

Oh the majority of this book was so freaking good! I loved the description of this being "The Breakfast Club Meets Pretty Little Liars." The ending though ruined what came before (IMHO). I think that the author wanted things wrapped up neatly with HEAs, it just didn't make much sense since this whole book had a kind of dark comedy aspect to it at times. I loved all of the characters, the writing, the flow, etc. 

 

"One of Us is Lying" is about four high schoolers (Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, and Cooper) who witness one of their fellow classmates (Simon) die from an allergic reaction. Things become tense around school though when it appears based on anonymous social media postings that one of the four that were in the room had reasons for wanting Simon dead. When the police and news media descend on the teens, they end up trying to figure out who wanted Simon dead and how they managed to do it. 

 

What I thought was cleverly done is that McManus has these teen archetypes in this book. Bronwyn is the brain, Addy is the attractive popular girl, Nate is a criminal, and Cooper is a star athlete.  McManus slowly reveals each of these characters and why they had a secret that they would have been willing to kill Simon from revealing.

 

I did think though that due to the abundance of characters, that not everyone got equal weight in this story. My favorite character was honestly Addy. Her story-line was ridiculously good. I don't want to reveal too much, but Addy and her sister were pretty kick-ass in throughout this book. Too bad we probably will never get a sequel to this book starring these same characters. 


I have to say though I did despise Simon. We find out that he was a gossip and had a blog where he revealed secrets about everyone in his high school. I likened him to a younger Perez Hilton a few times. Simon is nasty and I am glad that some of the characters called out the hypocrisy of anyone out there trying to cry that Simon was a good kid. 

I did find it very realistic though for the police and others to be watching/reading social media and to take their cues from it. The characters in the book a few times even acknowledged how the media at one point is ready to attack them all and the next day cries out about abuse of power by the police. 

 

The writing was very good and McManus manages to ensure that all four characters have a distinct voice from each other. 


I loved the setting of a high school with everyone being on the top of the suspect list. I was enjoying reading and wondering who did it and why. 

 

I didn't like the ending though. It seemed way too far-fetched and I actually had to go back and re-read some things. 

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text 2018-06-09 17:22
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

Really good, I loved the final solution, but thought the ending with only showing one of the characters ending was a bit disappointing. I wish we got an epilogue with all of them.

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