Book Review

LYING IN WAIT by Liz Nugent

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I of course scheduled this post well before things went sideways with coronavirus and shut downs and the like. Even now, the night before St. Patrick’s day while I’m going over my post schedule for the week, I don’t know what tomorrow will hold aside from the fact that I will be showing up at my office for business as usual by the time this goes live, knowing that nothing will be as usual at all! Stay safe everyone and I hope you find some fun today even in the midst of so much going on that is far from fun!

I was part of the team hosting a buddy read for LYING IN WAIT by Liz Nugent over the first half of March. We specifically picked a book with Irish roots for the month of March, so it seemed a fitting book to post on the actual holiday. I know a lot of activities have been canceled today, but wherever you are and whatever you do, have a safe, healthy and fun holiday!

LYING IN WAIT begins with a great quote that sucks you right in: “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.” The story is of course much more complicated than that. Our initial narrator Lydia Fitzsimons is married to a judge raising a son Laurence, but things aren’t entirely what they seem. Even Laurence doesn’t know what his parents have been up to. I really went into this one pretty blind and I think that is for the best, so I am not going to go any further.

I really enjoyed this one and it was a good, fast read. I started this one the night before our discussion which worked out perfectly since it was able to hold off on finishing just long enough for our chat and then finished it later that day. We get multiple narrators with different perspectives between Lydia, Laurence and the sister of the “lying tramp” which give us multiple views on what has happened and misinformation abounds. The story begins in 1980 and evolves over years, ending in 2016. It also reveals more about some characters through flashbacks going even earlier in time.

This book did an excellent job of throwing twists at me that I did not see coming which added to the desire to just keep reading. Not all of the characters are lovable and there were moments of frustration at times seeing a character misinterpret something when the reader knows more than they do, but the story was compelling. There was a lot of great discussion with this book too.

I really enjoyed this one and it was a great book for a buddy read. I definitely want to pick up more novels by Liz Nugent!

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