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Liz Nugent


Before becoming a full-time writer, Liz Nugent worked in Irish film, theatre and television. In 2014 her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, was a Number One bestseller and won the Crime Fiction Prize in the 2014 Irish Book Awards. Her second novel, Lying in Wait, went straight to Number One in the Irish bestseller charts, remained there for nearly two months and won her a second IBA. She lives in Dublin with her husband.

Genres: Mystery
   Unravelling Oliver (2014)
   Lying in Wait (2016)
   Skin Deep (2018)
   Our Little Cruelties (2020)
     aka Little Cruelties
   Strange Sally Diamond (2023)
Liz Nugent recommends
The Fall Out (2016)
Margaret Scott
"A compelling read."
Girl Unknown (2016)
Karen Perry
"Full of intrigue and incident and keeps us guessing until the very last tragic page."
A Dangerous Crossing (2017)
Rachel Rhys
"A proper old-fashioned tale of thwarted romance, impossible glamour, murder and mayhem on the high seas . . . The pages turn themselves."
Everything But the Truth (2017)
Gillian McAllister
"A gripping, compelling page turner that kept me up half the night."
Tattletale (2017)
Sarah J Naughton
"A fast paced, brilliant page-turner... I predict a hit."
Are You Sleeping (2017)
Kathleen Barber
"Are You Sleeping will more than likely keep you up all night as this most compelling suspenseful novel unfolds. A classic whodunnit gets a very clever modern treatment that left this reader's heart racing right up to the last page."
My Little Eye (2017)
(Starke & Bell, book 1)
Stephanie Marland
"My Little Eye is an enthralling, intriguing and twisty tale for all of us armchair detectives who think we know it all."
The Ruin (2018)
(Cormac Reilly, book 1)
Dervla McTiernan
"A terrific read."
The Gravity of Love (2018)
Noëlle Harrison
"Noelle Harrison connects her beautifully drawn characters and weaves them into a story that entangled, enchanted and entranced this reader."
The House Swap (2018)
Rebecca Fleet
"Rebecca Fleet has created a perfectly contained cast of credible characters in a story so intriguing that you will be guessing right up to the last page. And it’s beautifully written too. I loved this book."
Still Water (2018)
(Clare and Malcolm, book 2)
Amy Stuart
"Utterly compelling and intriguing, Still Water is a very clever whodunit with a most appealingly vulnerable protagonist. My husband thought I was ignoring him while I was reading this book. I wasn’t. I just forgot he existed because I was so engrossed. Warn your families before you pick up this book."
Becoming Belle (2018)
Nuala O'Connor
"Thoroughly engrossing and entertaining read. O'Connor's meticulous attention to period detail and scrutiny of the upper classes and their shallow lives [is] reminiscent of Edith Wharton at her very best. It also makes us question whether women have ever really escaped from the censorious judgement of Victorian times."
Foe (2018)
Iain Reid
"I’m not sure that humans have hackles, but something was creeping up my spine as I read this book, and I welcomed the shivers of shock and delight…. A mind-bending and genre-defying work of genius."
A House of Ghosts (2018)
W C Ryan
"Almost unbearably creepy and beautifully written."
The House on Vesper Sands (2018)
Paraic O'Donnell
"Like the love child of Dickens and Conan Doyle, but funnier than both."
Apple of My Eye (2019)
Claire Allan
"A brilliantly paced, intriguingly plotted and thoroughly enjoyable story. One of the best psych thrillers I've read this year."
Her One Mistake (2019)
Heidi Perks
"A terrifically suspenseful and intriguing novel that hooked this reader from beginning to end."
On My Life (2019)
Angela Clarke
"This book was so heaped with tension, threat and menace that I had to read it very quickly! Absolutely engrossing and entertaining as well as being a searing indictment of the penal system. This is an eye-opening, jaw-dropping read that will keep you up to the wee small hours."
The Island (2019)
(Hulda, book 2)
Ragnar Jónasson
"This kept me guessing right up until the final pages. I loved the vivid landscapes, brilliant characterisation and intricate plotting. Bravo!"
The Killer in Me (2019)
(Frankie Sheehan, book 2)
Olivia Kiernan
"Brave and unflinching."
After the End (2019)
Clare Mackintosh
"An astonishing read that reaches into our very souls, turns us inside out, leaves us weeping, and yet hoping for a brighter future."
The Arrangement (2019)
Robyn Harding
"The most compelling, gripping, and entertaining book I've read in a long time. Nobody writes about young people and their obsessions as authentically as Robyn. The Arrangement is her best yet. I absolutely loved this book."
Rewind (2019)
Catherine Ryan Howard
"Catherine Ryan Howard is a gift to crime writing. Her characters are credible, her stories are original and her plotting is ingenious. Every book is a treat to look forward to."
The Hiding Game (2019)
Louise Phillips
"Will enthral you to the end."
Grown-Ups (2020)
Marian Keyes
"Marian Keyes's gift for storytelling is utterly magnificent. I feel like I've met every single character in this book. I may even be a character in this book. Nobody nails chaotic families like Marian."
The Guest List (2020)
Lucy Foley
"Compelling, entertaining and highly enjoyable, Lucy knocks this one out of the park."
Darling Rose Gold (2020)
Stephanie Wrobel
"I inhaled this book. Darling Rose Gold delves so deep into family dysfunction that we are left gasping as the last pages turn. Compelling, intriguing, beautifully written and paced like a roller coaster ride, cancel all your plans when you pick up this terrific book."
Home Stretch (2020)
Graham Norton
"Beautifully written. Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy read. Utterly fantastic."
When We Were Young & Brave (2020)
Hazel Gaynor
"Hazel Gaynor’s novels are so well researched and so rich in detail that one cannot help but be swept away to a time and place far removed from our own and live the drama through characters so beautifully realized that one walks amongst them. An absolute treat for any reader..."
The Dark Room (2021)
Sam Blake
"Twisty, unpredictable and compelling."
Hidden Lies (2021)
Rachel Ryan
"I didn't put it down until I had turned the final page. A rollercoaster of a read, the pace is relentless, resulting in a denouement that will take your breath away. Bravo, Rachel Ryan!"
The Last Thing to Burn (2021)
Will Dean
"Ratchets up the tension to the point where I had to check my pulse."
The Killing Kind (2021)
Jane Casey
"The Killing Kind is a truly masterly thriller – a perfect standalone novel which pits one woman against a gallery of foes, whether real or imagined. I keep thinking that Jane Casey can’t get any better, but she exceeds expectations every time. Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be a bumpy read."
The Perfect Lie (2021)
Jo Spain
"So well plotted and beautifully written. I absolutely loved it."
Still Life (2021)
Sarah Winman
"I loved this extraordinary, astonishing and exquisite novel. The story of damaged characters restored and repaired by the truth and beauty of Tuscany, as Florence itself is restored and repaired post-war and post-flood is beautifully told. A joy and a pleasure, my book of the year."
All Her Fault (2021)
Andrea Mara
"Andrea Mara's tight plotting and convincing characterisation make her books both compelling and intriguing."
Daughters of War (2021)
(Daughters of War, book 1)
Dinah Jefferies
"Love, grief, abandonment, betrayal and secrets … I adored it."
The House of Ashes (2021)
Stuart Neville
"A stunning and haunting thriller. I loved it."
The Unheard (2021)
Nicci French
"What an intriguing, compelling page-turner. I ate it up in two days."
Breaking Point (2022)
Edel Coffey
"Breaking Point is raw, compelling, and ground-breaking; Coffey puts the life of working mothers under a microscope. To say I loved it is an understatement, I expect it will be a huge success."
Such a Pretty Smile (2022)
Kristi DeMeester
"Kristi DeMeester is certainly an exciting new voice. Her exploration of toxic female friendships and her deep dive into the darkest parts of the human psyche made this a riveting, compulsive and horrifyingly entertaining read."
Trespasses (2022)
Louise Kennedy
"Stunningly brilliant."
Black Butterflies (2022)
Priscilla Morris
"An astonishingly good debut, chronicling one of the darkest times in global history. Zora's story broke my heart, and I hope will open the hearts of all those who read it to refugees. We live in a time when history is destined to repeat itself."
Idol (2022)
Louise O'Neill
"I don't think I've ever enjoyed hating a character as much as I hated Samantha Miller. This fierce tale of toxic female friendship is unlike anything I have read. Highly original, unflinching and with a devilishly dark conclusion, I loved every page of it."
Complicit (2022)
Winnie M Li
"A deep dive into the sleazy underbelly of the film industry prior to #MeToo, COMPLICIT is a brave look at the innocents, the predators, their enablers and those who turned a blind eye to sexual harassment, abuse and rape. Winnie M Li weaves a story that is compelling, courageous and brutal in the best possible way."
Hawk Mountain (2022)
Conner Habib
"Dripping with menace from the first page, this story of childhood enemies meeting up fifteen years later is utterly enthralling. Brilliantly written with homoerotic undertones, this savage tale is uncompromising in its reflection of teen friendships and isolation, and unflinching in its examination of the delicacy of the human body. There is gold among the gore. I found it compelling, shocking, and beautiful."
Truly, Darkly, Deeply (2022)
Victoria Selman
"What a gripping and intriguing novel. I loved the intensity of the relationships of all three main players and the tension never flagged for a moment. Such a spellbinding thriller."
Breaking (2022)
Amanda Cassidy
"Amanda Cassidy captures a mother's guilt perfectly... this a compelling, intriguing and thoroughly engaging read. Amanda is a very talented new voice in Irish writing."

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