“My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.”
The first sentence grabs you, doesn’t it? The narration doesn’t let you out of its grip until the last page. LYING IN WAIT by Liz Nugent struck several chords in me, not least because of Annie, the victim we never really get to meet.
We know from the beginning that Lydia and her husband, Andrew, killed Annie. We also know that their son, Lawrence, is smarter than anyone thinks. As the story unfolds, we get an insider’s perspective on an irretrievably insane woman, her creepy devotion to her son, and a marriage that should have died years ago.
The real power behind LYING IN WAIT comes from Nugent’s tactile prose and the deep dive into these people’s lives. The story covers four or five years, which allows the reader plenty of insight into their minds and motives.
Nugent creates a mystery around why a murder occurred and not who committed said murder. That’s a difficult feat to pull off, but Nugent does it well.
“I told you to pick a healthy girl. Didn’t you see the marks on her arms?”
We’ve seen lots of unlikeable characters in books lately. I’m enjoying the trend. While I still enjoy reading from the perspectives of mostly good, moral people, I’m not opposed to a dip in the dark side now and again.
LYING IN WAIT is an excellent tale worthy of your time.