Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Publication Date: June 12, 2018 by Gallery/Scout Press

Summary:Lydia desperately wanted a second child. After having many miscarriages, her only living child was Laurence, now in high school. Lydia and her husband, Andrew, had tried adoption, but were turned down numerous times. Lydia had some peculiarities that made the adoption agencies leery of her ability to parent properly.Lying in Wait

Laurence was just one manifestation of Lydia’s peculiarities. Grossly overweight and babied to excess, Laurence was bullied at his new school. His parents were forced to pull him out of private school after his father made some disastrous business decisions. The family now barely kept their very posh, expensive roof over their heads. To say that the whole family dynamic was dysfunctional is an understatement.

In a desperate attempt to make Lydia happy and give her another baby, Andrew goes along with his wife’s plan to get another woman pregnant and pay her for the child. After things went very wrong, he nearly killed the young woman and then Lydia finished her off. They managed to hide their involvement in the murder from the police by burying the victim in their backyard. Laurence puts some clues together and realizes that his father had something to do with the girl’s disappearance, never realizing that his mother was the true force behind everything. Laurence is her only baby and Lydia intends to keep him under her control, no matter what it takes.

Comments: Lying in Wait is psychological suspense at its best. Just when you think the loose ends in the plot are tied up, they unravel and snake into unexpected dark corners. The characters are multi-faceted and aren’t stuffed into caricature molds. I didn’t dare write more in the summary for fear of giving away some luscious surprises. The ending is delightfully creepy.

Highly recommended for fans of psychological suspense.