My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.
About the book…
Publisher: Penguin Ireland
Published: 14th July 2016
Pages: 304 Pages
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
I picked up Lying in Wait after previously reading Liz’s debut novel Unravelling Oliver. I loved Liz’s writing style, concepts and Unravelling Oliver’s twisted ways!
‘My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it’ – what a first line!
Lying in Wait is the opposite of a ‘who is the murderer’, but more of a ‘why did they kill her?’. Looking at it written in a sentence makes it sound a little boring, but believe me, that’s far from the truth. The more you read, the more you realise just how sick and sadistic some of the characters are, especially Lydia who – without spoiling too much for you – is totally unstable!
There are four main characters and each are affected by the death of Annie Doyle in some way or another: Lydia and Andrew – the killers, Laurence – their son and Karen – Annie’s sister.
Karen spends the majority of her time believing that Annie is still alive. The police investigating aren’t much help, so she has no reason to think otherwise. Given the nature of the story, Karen is probably better not knowing because if she did, she’d realise that those involved in her death are mentally deranged and in need of serious help. Whether or not she eventually finds out about Annie’s death is one of the main areas, how does she find out and more importantly, who tells her?
The ending packed just as much of a punch as the opening first line. No way would you expect Lydia to do what she did, based on her previous standing in other chapters. I actually felt so involved that I had to go for a walk just to clear my head – it’s such a twisted and dark end!