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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Silent Girls comes another unforgettable thriller set in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, featuring Detective Sonja Test.

Even in a quiet Vermont town, unspeakable acts of the past can destroy the peace of the present.

In the remote, pastoral hamlet of Canaan, Vermont, a high-profile legal case shatters the town's sense of peace and community. Anger simmers. Fear and prejudice awaken. Old friends turn on each other. Violence threatens.

So when a young teenage girl is savagely murdered while babysitting at the house of the lead attorney in the case, Detective Sonja Test believes the girl's murder and the divisive case must be linked.

However, as the young detective digs deeper into her first murder case, she discovers sordid acts hidden for decades and learns that behind the town's idyllic facade of pristine snow lurks a capacity in some for great darkness and the betrayal of innocents. And Sonja Test, a mother of two, will do anything to protect the innocent.

©2015 Eric Rickstad (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Tim
  • Jupiter, FL, United States
  • 09-11-15

Ok mystery but couldn't stay with it

Maybe it was the weak plot, or holes, or trying to hard for a thriller. I got bored with the story and didn't finish it. Strangely not feeling like I am missing something.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not a Good Story or Characters

I love to find a new series that I can get excited about for the future stories. Well, this wasn't it. In the end, the only character I cared about was the victim. The Detective, Sonja, was so "holier than thou" and unlikeable, I can't even understand why I listened until the end. The book summary stated "Sonja will do anything to protect the innocent". Well, I am not even convinced she is that good of a mother to her two children. Enough "judgement from me." I won't be listening to the sequel.

The narrator was not good with the male voices. Otherwise, I just feel neutral about the narration.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Ramblemess

I forgave all of Rickstead's wooden "he said, she said" tag lines in The Silent Girls, because the characters and plot were compelling. The narrator's story was layered, and in truth, I believed we would learn something about the crazy cliffhanger ending that novel in Lie in Waiting. What a disappointment. This work rambles about loosely, the contrived plot unravels lazily, and the characters inhabiting the story were essentially static. The read itself was just ok...too many characters sounding the same and not a lot of energy when it was needed. Meh.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wow this author has very little respect for women, and it shows

The story of the murder was great; the tracking down the killer and suspense with that was well done. But this author does not respect women as equals and it’s blatantly obvious and painful to listen to. I’m no feminist, but here are some things that bothered me:
1. The main character, a seasoned female detective, gets offended by absolutely everything and never wants to listen to what any man has to say to her, to the detriment of her case.
2. The author literally says she doesn’t shoot a man because of her indecisiveness, not because she was well trained and showed restraint. It’s not alluded to, it’s literally pointed out in those words.
3. The female detective is horrible at juggling work and a family. Horrendous, to the point where it seems the author is trying to say women should choose a family or a career.

Again, I’m not a feminist or activist. This stuff was overt and obnoxious to the point that the main character wasn’t believable. This author should just write for male leads, because I think he’d be good at that.

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Overall a good book

This is the 2nd book written by this author that I have listened to. I felt compelled to write the review because of all the negative reviews I've read. The story was good - definitely not as interesting as the first - but still good. I found Sonja to be very real. I'm not sure why so many disliked her- I found her character to be interesting and real. I liked her...
As far as the story- it took awhile to get going. Once it did, it got much better. Perhaps the topic has become so commonplace that it moved slower than it should have. Either way- can't wait to "read" more from this author.

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Disappointing after The Silent Girls.

Performance poor. Narrator's style was annoying. She dragged out "Test said" after every quote. Her male voices all sounded the same. The plot seemed to drag a lot and I'm not sure if it was the writing or the narrator's style. I will think twice before buying another book by Eric Rickstad.

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HORRIBLE

What disappointed you about Lie in Wait?

Waste of a credit. Loved the first book but this book was awful.

What do you think your next listen will be?

something better than this.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amy Landon?

the natarror was ok.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Terrible

This book was terrible! It dragged on & on with too many things started & not finished. What a waste of my time.

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Robotic reading; unsympathetic protagonist

What disappointed you about Lie in Wait?

The narrator sounded a lot like a computer. Very strange emphasis on the wrong words. Quite distracting.

Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Landon’s performances?

NO.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The main character was well-written in the sense that there are people like her. But was is she unlikeable and rude.

Any additional comments?

I did read The Silent Girls and really enjoyed it. The main detective in that one was very endearing. Very disappointed with this one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Who is lying?

In a small town a teenage girl comes up brutally murdered while she is babysitting. Detective S. Test is on the case, but it isn't as easy as she thinks it is. While trying to investigate this murder she is encountering anger, fear, and prejudice and violence from someone in the town.. Who can it be? Detective Test also has is worried about her own family. I like this book it is pretty interesting, there are soo many different characters that it is a little bit hard to keep up with them all, so it is a little difficult to figure out who is lying and who isn't. Amy Landon does a great job reading.