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Lying in Wait

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Sadistic genius has to find an outlet, and is there any better than manipulating and torturing a beautiful, smart, witty, woman who's been horribly damaged by childhood abuse?

Penn Stone creates tabloid-worthy stories by luring former lovers to grisly deaths. Stories are the hallmark of civilization. So when he manipulates and kills, he does it for the sake of civilization. Besides, it's fun. Beautiful, witty, and damaged, by the unspeakable things done to her when she was ...

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Overview

Sadistic genius has to find an outlet, and is there any better than manipulating and torturing a beautiful, smart, witty, woman who's been horribly damaged by childhood abuse?

Penn Stone creates tabloid-worthy stories by luring former lovers to grisly deaths. Stories are the hallmark of civilization. So when he manipulates and kills, he does it for the sake of civilization. Besides, it's fun. Beautiful, witty, and damaged, by the unspeakable things done to her when she was abducted at age eleven, Lucinda McConnell seems the perfect victim. To break her will, Penn expertly plays out a twisted scenario, but no longer the defenseless victim, she has other ideas.

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Chan's (To Gain the Whole World, 2013) pulpy psychological thriller is not for the faint of heart. Lucinda McConnell has held onto an image of The Boy Who Rescued Maximilian--her stuffed rabbit, Maximilian, that is, who fell over a fence at the zoo when Lucinda was a child--for most of her adult life, ever since she was kidnapped, raped and tortured for years shortly after the day at the zoo. The thought of this mysterious boy coming to rescue her from her physical and psychological pain has sustained her throughout difficult relationships and unsatisfying jobs, including her current gig at a law firm. So when Lucinda runs into a man in the elevator who claims to be her long lost childhood friend, she can't help but hope. Penn is handsome, interesting and seems to want to get to the heart of Lucinda's fears. But when her ex-boyfriend, Daniel, shows up with a story about a man who, in his search for new tales for his "story collection," pumps him for information about Lucinda and then mysteriously moves in to her apartment building--Lucinda's life begins to unravel. Every new friendship and every success she has at work seem to have been poisoned by her past and her relationship with Penn. After a tumultuous eight months, Lucinda breaks it off--and Penn commits suicide. But the nightmare isn't over: Handsome, exotic Ronin moves into Lucinda's apartment building and her heart, with catastrophic consequences. Author Chan has crafted a fast-paced, complicated thriller that is not short on twists. An efficient storyteller, Chan skillfully weaves together numerous plot threads. While the writing is decent and the dialogue believable, the gratuitous portrayals of the darkest side of humanity might be a bit much for those looking for a beach read. Intriguing plotlines, but graphic descriptions of rape, torture and murder may deter many.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615729807
  • Publisher: Damnation Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted August 7, 2013

    Plot twists and a twisted plot. All in all a great combination.

    Plot twists and a twisted plot. All in all a great combination. A young Lucinda was kidnapped and tortured. A grown up, screwed up Lucinda often misses those carefree daysHer search for love is a treacherous one. I started reading thinking I’d read a chapter or two but couldn’t put it down. While at times the dark content is painful reading, Author Chan is funny. It’s the humor that makes the tragedy bearable. The story keeps you guessing which makes you have to turn the pages till you get to the satisfying conclusion. I really liked this book. And I’ll be celebrating my weekaversaries from now on.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Lying in Wait scared me, but I could not put it down. I had to

    Lying in Wait scared me, but I could not put it down. I had to find out what happens next. The story line is brilliant and entertaintaing, but also very dark. To me this is one of Robert Chan's best novels ever. I can't wait for his next book.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

    Read this after reading Inferno and was sorry I bothered with In

    Read this after reading Inferno and was sorry I bothered with Inferno. This story is much stronger, harder to figure out, more emotionally engaiging and more literate. Its a tough but very rewarding read Publicus.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    A psychologically penetrating thriller with a heart and a sense

    A psychologically penetrating thriller with a heart and a sense of
    humor, Lying in Wait is the best book I've read in quite some time.
    Damaged by unspeakable sexual abuse, Lucinda McConnell has constructed a
    life for herself based on the avoidance of other people. Penn Stone, a
    sadistic genius, who creates lurid tabloid headlines by luring his
    former lovers to their deaths, has chosen her as his next victim. But he
    underestimates Lucinda's inner strength and ability to engineer a turn
    of events that even he could not have imagined.

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