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Revenge is a tricky proposition, especially when you are enraged.We meet characters who were wronged and could possibly go so far as to murder But who to believe Fingers point in many directions.This was an average suspenseful read for me I wasn t invested in any of the characters, because frankly, I highly disliked most of them This was my first Gregg Olsen book and was also a listen The plot line was a bit weak and not cohesive.Luckily, the storyline is told with four POV s, which i Revenge is a tricky proposition, especially when you are enraged.We meet characters who were wronged and could possibly go so far as to murder But who to believe Fingers point in many directions.This was an average suspenseful read for me I wasn t invested in any of the characters, because frankly, I highly disliked most of them This was my first Gregg Olsen book and was also a listen The plot line was a bit weak and not cohesive.Luckily, the storyline is told with four POV s, which is always a big plus for my own personal enjoyment Trust and stupidity are close friends Of course, no one really knows that until it s too late Gregg Olsen, Lying Next to MeRating and review to follow.I just have to give this one a five It s fantastic.You know with mysteries and thrillers it is virtually impossible not to read some bad ones along the way to finding good ones As a result, I go into this genre not expecting much.But lately things have been turning around Books like Jane Doe and The arrangement certainly show there ar Trust and stupidity are close friends Of course, no one really knows that until it s too late Gregg Olsen, Lying Next to MeRating and review to follow.I just have to give this one a five It s fantastic.You know with mysteries and thrillers it is virtually impossible not to read some bad ones along the way to finding good ones As a result, I go into this genre not expecting much.But lately things have been turning around Books like Jane Doe and The arrangement certainly show there are five star thrillers out there This is one of them.Lying next to me gets the reader involved by the first page Literally..you cannot stop reading Yet the pace is not unduly fast nor does it meander along It s perfect And you will figure out the reason for the title as you read.And the premise is terrifying Adam and Sophie are your every day average married couple They have been bogged down with work and their marriage has suffered So they decide to go on vacation Together with their daughter, that is exactly what they do They stay in a nice cabin by the water There are other cabins there with other people Yet tragedy follows immediately While Adam is out in the water with his daughter he sees a stranger fighting with his wife Sophie Adam screams at the stranger to leave his wife alone but to Adam s horror, the stranger punches Sophie , knocking her out and then scoops her up and runs away with her Adam cannot make it to her in time to save her and she literally vanishes.Enter Lee..the detective on the case Lee is a tough cop with a heart of gold..but she and Adam have a history Can she keep herself impartial enough to be involved in this investigation Lee gets right to work interviewing the people staying in the other cabins Two of them are Conner and Kristin..another married couple They are important to the story line for reasons I shall not get into.That is all I will say I really dislike doing a plot synopsis because I am always afraid of giving something important away I knew little going in and that is what everyone who reads this should understand The less you know, the better in this case Because absolutely nothing is as it seems.Bored with the usual thrillers Check this one out Another thing This book is NOT Gone Girl Not at all But there are a few faint aspects that remind me of GG You know how with all the new mysteries it almost always says fans of Gone Girl will like this one Well THAT IS TRUE with this book And I do not say that often.Put this on your TBR list if you are seeking an addicting well paced super fascinating mystery with an ending that just fits perfectly This was a five star read OH, WHAT TANGLED WEBS WE WEAVE Adam and Sophie and their three year old little girl have set out on a long weekend for some alone time and family bonding They are staying at a secluded beach area with small cabins and all the amenities that would be needed for a real getaway They plan to go out on a small boat in the lake and also do some digging for clams and barbecuing, swimming and getting lots of sun This time is just what is needed for a break from their busy work lives and getting back OH, WHAT TANGLED WEBS WE WEAVE Adam and Sophie and their three year old little girl have set out on a long weekend for some alone time and family bonding They are staying at a secluded beach area with small cabins and all the amenities that would be needed for a real getaway They plan to go out on a small boat in the lake and also do some digging for clams and barbecuing, swimming and getting lots of sun This time is just what is needed for a break from their busy work lives and getting back to basics.There are two cottages next to them, one has a woman with her two grandchildren, and the other cabin has a young couple staying there Adam is on the boat with his daughter while Sophie us reading a book on the deck, when suddenly Adam sees her fighting with someone who carries her off There is another witness but when the detectives arrive, they seem to be suspicious of Adam naturally even though Adam is distraught over witnessing what appears to have been an abduction of his beautiful wife What has happened to Sophie Who and why would someone abduct Adam s wife There will bequestions than answers as the story rapidly progresses, but all questions will be answered by the end of this very suspenseful and compelling book Lying Next To Me was a wonderful read for me There were so many twists and turns that my head was spinning At one point, I thought I had the ending figured out, but I was happily wrong Sometimes I really enjoy being wrong Gregg Olsen is an exceptional writer and I have picked up severalof his books for future reading I can t say enough good things about this book except hurry and make sure this on your reading list I want to thank the author Gregg Olsen and the publisher Thomas and Mercer and Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to read this outstanding novel I highly recommend this terrific book and have given 5 Outstanding Stars One of my favorite quotes is believe nothing that you hear or see, even salt looks like sugar I thought of that quote often while reading Gregg Olsen s latest thriller, Lying Next to Me Absolutely nothing was what it appeared to be nothing Adam and his wife Sophie, along with their 3 year old daughter, have rented a cabin on a lake Next to them is another couple, Kristin and Connor Moss and on the other side, a grandmother with her grandkids On the second day of the trip, Adam takes his One of my favorite quotes is believe nothing that you hear or see, even salt looks like sugar I thought of that quote often while reading Gregg Olsen s latest thriller, Lying Next to Me Absolutely nothing was what it appeared to be nothing Adam and his wife Sophie, along with their 3 year old daughter, have rented a cabin on a lake Next to them is another couple, Kristin and Connor Moss and on the other side, a grandmother with her grandkids On the second day of the trip, Adam takes his daughter out in a row boat to go crabbing While on the water, he sees someone abduct Sophie who is sitting on the shore An elderly walker also sees Sophie being abducted The grandmother and her grandkids arrive home to see Adam and his daughter frantically rowing toward shore and calls 9 1 1 The Moss couple sees and hears nothing But what really happened that morning What did anyone truly see or hear They all experienced the same thing, right Right Admittedly, I adore Gregg Olsen I ve read everything he has written, including his true crime novels When it comes to crime real or fiction I think no one does it better Lying in Wait is a tense, stay awake to finish thriller that had me hooked from the very first line While I suspected who might have done it but wait there s no way they could have done it it was a locked room mystery and too many variables and too many unsolved questions as to why Until the answers were there before us in the end and then just WOW This is a suspense novel that makes you really hate everyone while at the same time hoping that at least one of the bad guys isn t as awful as you think they might be There is a child involved, surely someone is good They have to be In the end, I sat staring at my Kindle and wondering about what I had just read while knowing that is exactly how I like my thrillers Leave me in awe Leave me in wonder Leave me speechless and Lying in Wait absolutely did just that Obviously I highly recommend LyinginWait to anyone who enjoys a great crime novel I also encourage you read Olsen s other work It s all fantastic Thank you to Netgalley, ThomasMercerPublishing and GreggOlsen for my copy of Lying in Wait Genre Thriller Type StandalonePOV First Person MultipleRating Adam and Sophie Warner planned to spend a relaxing time with their toddler at a cozy lake cabin on Memorial Day weekend What supposed to be a break from the daily grind and hopefully reawaken their marriage quickly turned into horror when Sophie was abducted in plain sight His only hope was his childhood friend and now detective Lee Husemann to help find his wife and the perpetrator, but things got complicated when nothing app Genre Thriller Type StandalonePOV First Person MultipleRating Adam and Sophie Warner planned to spend a relaxing time with their toddler at a cozy lake cabin on Memorial Day weekend What supposed to be a break from the daily grind and hopefully reawaken their marriage quickly turned into horror when Sophie was abducted in plain sight His only hope was his childhood friend and now detective Lee Husemann to help find his wife and the perpetrator, but things got complicated when nothing appeared as it seemed I didn t know that when I married her I saw her as she showed herself to the world fun, smart, sexy Funny how those things are often a smoke screen from one s true self As a reader, I love books that made me question and doubt everything, and this book is one of them The story hooked me from the beginning with the desperation of a family that turneddevious as the story progressed Personal connections are strong and powerful motivators, not distractions That s what this is about I loved the multiple POVs and the short chapters because it forced me to pay attention I enjoyed forming my own theories which were a challenge in this book due to unreliable narrators I had a favorite character right from the beginning and satisfied with the ending It is always easier to sleep at night if the monsters outside your house only knock when you give them cause Lying Next to Me is a story of ambition and deception that reminds us we never truly know the person beside us The story would appeal to readers who enjoy an engrossing thriller with unlikable charactersF BR With Twinsie CCForreviews reveals giveaways visit The truth is farcomplicated than that I love my wife I hate her too I loved the idea of us But and this is hard to admit to myself that was a while agoBUY THIS BOOKBarnes Noble Book Depository Much thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Mercer for this complimentary copy This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own Series No Genre Mystery Thriller POV Multiple First Person Cliffhanger No Content Warnings Abduction, Murder, InfidThe truth is farcomplicated than that I love my wife I hate her too I loved the idea of us But and this is hard to admit to myself that was a while agoBUY THIS BOOKBarnes Noble Book Depository Much thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Mercer for this complimentary copy This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own Series No Genre Mystery Thriller POV Multiple First Person Cliffhanger No Content Warnings Abduction, Murder, Infidelity, Sexual Assault, Alcoholism, Drug Use, Infertility Issues, Mental Health Issues Read if you are a domestic violence thriller fan Lying Next To Meis my first read from this author but I am thankful to have found a new favorite psychothriller writer Gregg Olsen had me hooked from the start His writing is very character emotion based that will really draw you in and make you so involved.Adam Warner was a first hand witness of his wife, Sophie s abduction What was supposed to be a Memorial Day weekend cabin vacation with their little girl Aubrey turned his whole life around Narrated through Adam, two lead detectives on the case and the other people who were checked in on the other two cabins, this reads like a crime movie or documentary that will really make you keep guessing and eager to find out who did it.I am amazed with how Gregg Olsen molded his characters I felt empathy for Adam and was really rooting for him Then, I was doubting him Then, I was believing him It was insane I was, of course, mad at Adam s father in law, Frank, who was the rudest of them all Also was mad at Helen, the perfect doormat of a wife.This was such an emotional rollercoaster but I am 100% happy and satisfied THE CRITERIA Blurb Hero Assumed as Adam Heroine Assumed as Lee Support Characters Writing Style Character Development Thrill Suspense Pacing Ending Page Turner Book Cover FINAL VERDICT 4.54 5 This review is also posted on my Not Again, Nicole blog I generally enjoy Gregg Olsen s books but this one just didn t work for me.Lee is pretty much the only likable character in the entire cast I kept hoping Frank would have a heart attack Adam is a narcissistic prig Kristen is a loon You can t even feel bad for Sophie The twists weren t even surprising I m also disappointed at the ending Adam s final words do nothing but addconfusion to what was, in my opinion, a hard to follow tale with too many stories at once The flashbacks do l I generally enjoy Gregg Olsen s books but this one just didn t work for me.Lee is pretty much the only likable character in the entire cast I kept hoping Frank would have a heart attack Adam is a narcissistic prig Kristen is a loon You can t even feel bad for Sophie The twists weren t even surprising I m also disappointed at the ending Adam s final words do nothing but addconfusion to what was, in my opinion, a hard to follow tale with too many stories at once The flashbacks do little to help since many conflict each other.I m sorry to say that I would not recommend this book Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me in on this prerelease copy &Free ⇥ Lying Next to Me ↟ No matter what you see, no matter what you ve heard, assume nothingAdam and Sophie Warner and their three year old daughter are vacationing in Washington State s Hood Canal for Memorial Day weekend It s the perfect getaway to unplug and to calm an uneasy marriage But on Adam s first day out on the water, he sees Sophie abducted by a stranger A hundred yards from shore, Adam can t save her And Sophie disappearsIn a nearby cabin is another couple, Kristen and Connor Moss Unfortunately, beyond what they ve heard in the news, they re in the dark when it comes to Sophie s disappearance For Adam, at least there s comfort in knowing that Mason County detective Lee Husemann is an old friend of his She ll do everything she can to help She mustBut as Adam s paranoia about his missing wife escalates, Lee puts together the pieces of a puzzle The lives of the two couples are converging in unpredictable ways, and the picture is unsettling Lee suspects that not everyone is telling the truth about what they know or they have yet to reveal all the lies they ve hidden from the strangers they married 4.5 StarsDuring a holiday weekend, Adam and Sophie Warner venture to a quaint waterfront cabin in an effort to relax and recharge their strained marriage While Adam and his three year old daughter are boating offshore, they witness Sophie being attacked then abducted in broad daylight Despite other vacationers in nearby cabins, the only two eyewitnesses point to one direction As the investigation into Sophie s disappearance commences, Adam is comforted by the fact his childhood friend, Detect 4.5 StarsDuring a holiday weekend, Adam and Sophie Warner venture to a quaint waterfront cabin in an effort to relax and recharge their strained marriage While Adam and his three year old daughter are boating offshore, they witness Sophie being attacked then abducted in broad daylight Despite other vacationers in nearby cabins, the only two eyewitnesses point to one direction As the investigation into Sophie s disappearance commences, Adam is comforted by the fact his childhood friend, Detective Lee Husemann, is leading the case However, Lee soon discovers all the clues begetquestions It is always easier to sleep at night if the monsters outside your house only knock when you give them cause Told from multiple POVs, each character has a unique role as the plot develops and it becomes clear that many of these characters act differently with others and when alone As the investigation continues, probing into these characters humanizes them, as we see their darker sides, but also points to possible motivations Everyone makes a choice on what they want to do with what was done to them Between the first and last page, there were multiple times when I believed I solved the case, yet there were always a couple details outstanding By the end, the plot points are fully reconciled and with a slant that I quite enjoyed Gregg Olsen is a new author to me and I definitely plan to readof his books in the future Lying Next to Me is a thriller that will cause the reader to continually question every character s motives This book will appeal to those who enjoy investigative thrillers that also delve into the dark psyche of its complicated charactersAn ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review This was a F BR with Twinsie Hawkey Forreviews reveals giveaways visit Wow That was one wild story The abduction of a young mother is told from multiple points of view by several damaged people, each with something to hide It s almost impossible to further describe the plot without spoilers so I won t even try just encourage you to READ THIS You won t be bored You ll never know who s telling the truth In fact, when you re finished, you probably won t even be completely sure what happened I know I m not One thing did bother me about this, it contained a Tr Wow That was one wild story The abduction of a young mother is told from multiple points of view by several damaged people, each with something to hide It s almost impossible to further describe the plot without spoilers so I won t even try just encourage you to READ THIS You won t be bored You 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