Genre: Psychological Thriller
Rating: 4.0/5.0 Stars
Main Takeaway: A fast-paced thriller that explores the depths of love and obsession while sending a chill down your spine!
It’s 1980. Lydia and Andrew Fitzsimmons have killed Annie Doyle in cold blood, and they’ve seemingly got away with it, until their son Laurence begins to suspect that something is not quite right. On the surface, the Fitzsimmons have what seems to be the perfect lives; but when Laurence and Karen Doyle, Annie’s sister, meet in real life, will the truth trapped inside the Fitzsimmons mansion be revealed? Why did Lydia and Andrew kill Annie? And to what lengths are the Fitzsimmons willing to go to cover up their bloody past?
Lying In Wait begins with a bang and ends with a jaw-dropping surprise. On the very first page the reader is tossed into the crime. The pages will fly by as the reader wonders, why did they kill Annie? Will Laurence piece together the mystery? What does it truly mean to love another, to obsess over another, and to manipulate another? And in the end, the reader will see the depths of love and obsession – the lengths one can be willing to go to hold on to what is most dear to them.
What I loved most about this novel is how deep into the psyche of Lydia and Laurence Nugent goes. Unveiling past secrets, unhealthy obsessions, and hidden personalities, both Lydia and Laurence turn out to be people you never expected them to be. Laurence interested me most, as witnessing his internal struggles regarding his family I oscillated between loathing and empathy again and again.
Lying In Wait was thrilling from the very first page and does not disappoint in the end. The characters are capturing (especially if you’re like me and love to psychoanalyze), and the plot steady. Lying In Wait is one of the most truly unnerving novels I’ve read in a long time, and I loved every minute of it.