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    What a twist!

    This is a real page turning read with strong characters, most of whom seem to have quirks that leave you wondering just what they know and what they are capable of. Telling it from several perspectives worked really well and although Amelia, the main character, seemed innocent Ruth, the manager, seemed a dubious character. I did work out some of what had happened but by no means all and the ending was fantastic.
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    Haunting & Gripping

    When Amelia Taylor’s seventeen-year-old sister, Lark, vanishes into thin air from their holiday cottage in the Scottish Highlands, her dad, Thomas, wants to return to Drummondale House to see if they can find out what happened to her. The story is told chiefly by Amelia and tos and fros from the present to a year ago. I totally adored the descriptive style of Amanda Brittany, which I found to be emotive, haunting and affecting. The use of concise chapters meant I was never bored and the narrative was well structured. I Lie in Wait was a story that was packed with mystery and twists as it spiralled its way to the surprise denouement. It is a must-read for fans of the psychological thriller genre. I look forward to reading many more books from this author. I read I Lie in Wait with relish and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Overall, an enjoyable and easy to read domestic thriller. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request, from HQ via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    A brilliant read

    I was only introduced to Amanda Brittany’s work last year with her brilliant book Traces of Her and I immediately connected with her writing and storytelling. Based on that one book alone, she very quickly became one of my favourite authors and I have been eagerly awaiting to see what she was going to come up with next. I am so thrilled to say, it is another brilliant read! I Lie In Wait is a compelling story that had me up until all hours. I just could not put it down. I was so entranced and under its spell right from the get go, as I was taken on the journey with main protagonist Amelia and her family, as they return back to where her sister Lark disappeared one year prior during a family holiday in the Scottish Highlands. It is Amelia’s belief that the cottage known as Drummondale where they stayed, holds all the answers. The story has been meticulously thought through, plotted and executed so well. There are no plot holes or unnecessary filler chapters and it just all flows as it should. Never at any point was there any parts that had me wanting it to hurry along and I was actually surprised when I came to the end. It was like no time had passed at all, that’s how engrossed I was in it! What I liked about the setting (although its is one of my biggest fears) was the feeling of claustrophobia that has been created around it. The use of a snow storm that has the cast of characters trapped at Drummondale, is just perfect and adds to the eerie feel. Each blast of wind, chilled me to the bone and even though I love the cold (it is currently Winter here in Australia), it did have me turning on and notching up the heater a bit. I could just keep writing and writing about how good this book is, but I think you get the idea that I loved it. With its intriguing plot, a perfect setting that becomes a character in itself, strong and well developed characters, a jaw dropping twist that I did not see coming (very well played!) that is all put together through writing that is so engaging and captivating, this book has it all and will most definitely be part of my best books for 2020! Thank you to NetGalley, HQ Digital and Amanda Brittany for allowing me to read an advanced copy of I Lie In Wait which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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    3.5 Stars

    <b>3.5 Stars</b> This novel is a slow burn. You first learn of all the characters as they arrive at the rental cottages of Ruth and her son, Finn. The characters are not clearly drawn at this point, or any other, but with a limited pool of suspects this is not particularly surprising. As the body count rises, the tension mounts, keeping the reader engrossed right to the end. What's more, I am delighted to say I didn't work out who was responsible - though I have to admit I found one element of the conclusion most improbable. Unfortunately there is also one other niggle. I would have expected a remote hotel to be more prepared for bad weather and power cuts: plenty of oil for the lamps, supplies of non perishable food, a generator etc. But that's just me being picky as it did help ramp up the tension. In spite of those faults I Lie in Wait gradually becomes a page turner and the ending was such a surprise I am still shaking my head. I would definitely read more by this author.
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    I enjoyed the audio and the narrator was very good

    This is a psychological thriller about Lark, Amelia Taylor's sister, who went missing during a family holiday in the Highlands of Scotland. The family returns one year later in order to try to figure out what happened. While there, another girl goes missing and the family begins to realize danger is lurking once again. This is a fast-paced page turner with interesting characters who all became suspects to me. The story switches from the present to the past with multiple point of views. I loved the short chapters with many twists and turns which kept the plot moving. The ending was a surprise and tied up all the loose ends. I enjoyed Amanda Brittany's writing and look forward to reading her next book. I would recommend this book to those who like psychological thrillers. Thanks to NetGalley and HQ Digital for a free copy for an honest review.
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