Lying in Wait

by Liz Nugent

RTE Ryan Tubridy Listeners Choice Award 2016

From the award-winning author of the No 1 bestseller, Unravelling Oliver, comes another absorbing, twisty, brilliantly observed story of murder in high places.

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

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.

While Lydia does all she can to protect their innocent son Laurence and their social standing, her husband begins to falls apart.

But Laurence is not as naïve as Lydia thinks. And his obsession with the dead girl’s family may be the undoing of his own.

“Lying in Wait crackles and snaps like a bonfire on a winter’s night; you shudder even as you draw closer to it. Spellbinding.”

A.J. Finn

#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window



'Readers who love sinister psychological thrillers will tear through these pages…'

U.S. Library Journal (starred review)

‘An exquisitely uncomfortable, utterly captivating reading experience’

Publishers Weekly

‘A page-turner chock full of lies and betrayals and a very creepy mother-son relationship.’

Kirkus Reviews

"Taut, crisp, clear, a storm-warning of a book. It has the eeriness of 'The Turn of the Screw'; but as these screws turn, a mighty tension takes hold. Masterly."

Sebastian Barry

‘A tense, taut, almost gothic thriller where the tension tightens to near unbearable proportions. I devoured it in one sitting because it was impossible to stop reading. A brilliantly written, stand-out novel.’

Marian Keyes

‘Deliciously twisted, shot through with dark and acid humour and the denouement is truly chilling.’

Sarah Hilary, author of the Theakston’s 2015 Crime Novel of the Year

‘Lying in Wait is a gradual descent from ordinary, straightforward murder to the very heart of darkness. Liz Nugent’s characters are as unforgettably monstrous as they are believable. A superbly crafted novel and an absorbing portrait of the purest kind of evil.’

Jane Casey, author of the IBA Crime Novel of the Year, 2015

‘I thought it impossible to match the brilliant Unravelling Oliver, but this Liz has done. Seemingly with ease. Not only is her style beautiful, but she keeps the reader on the edge of their seat from page one until the completely unexpected ending. I read Lying in Wait in one sitting and even postponed an appointment in order to finish it. I just couldn’t bear the suspense. I absolutely loved it.’

Amanda Redman (star of New Tricks)