“Lying in Wait” by Liz Nugent

August 2, 2018 by

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

Lying in Wait: A Novel

Nugent’s second novel begins with another shocking opening and immediately draws you in. As in Nugent’s first book, “Unravelling Oliver,” we know from the first sentence that someone has been killed and who did it. Lydia and her husband, Andrew, have a nice life with their son, Laurence,  in Dublin- on the surface of things. Andrew is a judge and the family lives in a mansion inherited from Lydia’s father. However, just beneath the facade the family is about to explode.  What is their connection to the dead girl, Annie Doyle? Laurence unwittingly stumbles upon the gruesome information that his parents are involved in her death.  Annie Doyle’s sister, Karen, is determined to discover what really happened to Annie.  The lies and secrecy build to a crescendo of horrifying events that will keep readers guessing through to the very last page.

Not In A Tuscan Villa

August 1, 2018 by

111 bookThe title describes where a couple from New Jersey did NOT stay during a year spent in Italy. It was always a dream for Nancy and John Petralia to spend a year of their life living in Italy, to absorb the culture and experience everyday life. And from April 2009 to March 2010, they lived that dream. John had a good grasp of the Italian language, while Nancy learned the basics and improved her conversational skills while living there. The couple had originally rented an apartment in Bologna, which turned out to be a big mistake. Uncomfortable furniture and no air conditioning soon forced them into their second choice, Parma, a university city in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, where they were very happy with their second rented apartment. I thoroughly enjoyed their account of life in Italy. The couple made many friends, visited the actual town of Petralia in Sicily, and had the experience of a lifetime.

I’ll be Your Blue Sky

July 25, 2018 by

111 bookClare Hobbes is set to marry Zach, despite some strong misgivings. However, on the morning of the wedding day, Clare runs into an older woman on a park bench, who gives her some good advice: “No one should live with someone who scares her.” And Zach does in fact scare Clare with his intense emotions, anger and need to be almost in her head. As the older woman, Edith, relates her story of her own loving husband, Joseph, who was her “blue sky” or safe place, Clare finds the courage to call off the wedding. As the story progresses, she discovers some amazing attributes of Edith, although unfortunately, not until after Edith’s death. The novel flips back and forth in time between Edith’s and Clare’s stories, which is a perfect fit for this novel. I found it to be a wonderful read about relationships and life choices, penned by the author Marisa De Los Santos.

‘The Dependents’

July 19, 2018 by

‘The Dependents’ debut novel appraises the life of Gene and Maida Asher and their 49-year long marriage.  The story begins with Maida’s recent death and her funeral. Dion has Gene evaluate his life with Maida and their close friends, Ed and Gayle, who married at the same time and remained lifelong friends.  With Gene now alone, he embarks on his solitary life seeking confirmation that theirs was a good marriage. Without any alarming plot twists, ‘The Dependents’ enthralls with its examination of the everyday rituals and interactions Gene recalls looking back over his own life as he moves forward as a widower.

The Fallen

July 18, 2018 by

111 bookDavid Baldacci’s latest novel concerns the exploits of Amos Decker and his FBI colleague, Alex Jamison. There is “something rotten” in the town of Baronville, PA, where Alex’s sister has just moved with her family. Six strange murders have occurred recently, 2 during Amos’s & Alex’s so-called vacation to the town. The pair are soon enmeshed in trying to help DEA agents and the local police solve these deadly crimes. Baldacci writes a well-paced mystery, which holds the reader’s interest right from the outset. Highly recommended for mystery lovers who don’t mind some dead bodies…

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