Lying Next to Me

Lying Next to Me

by Gregg Olsen


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No matter what you see, no matter what you’ve heard, assume nothing.

Adam 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 disappears.

In 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 must.

But 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542040518
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 396
Sales rank: 39,785
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author Gregg Olsen has written more than twenty-five books, including The Sound of Rain and The Weight of Silence in the Nicole Foster series. Known for his ability to create vivid and fascinating narratives, he’s appeared on multiple television and radio shows and news networks, such as Good Morning America, Dateline, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and MSNBC. In addition, Olsen has been featured in Redbook, People, and Salon, as well as in the Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, and New York Post.

Both his fiction and nonfiction works have received critical acclaim and numerous awards, including prominence on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Washington State officially selected his young adult novel Envy for the National Book Festival, and The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year.

A Seattle native who lives with his wife and twin daughters in rural Washington State, Olsen’s already at work on his next thriller. Visit him at, or follow him on Twitter @Gregg_Olsen.

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Lying Next to Me 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ShihTzuMama More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Gregg Olsen’s literary style and the way he is able to breathe new life into familiar themes with amazing characterizations and a plotline reminiscent of a 40’s noir mystery. He has a finely tuned ear for good dialog and an uncanny sense of how people think and act and their motivation for doing what they do. His latest offering, LYING NEXT TO ME, is no exception providing a modern slice of domestic noir that is sure to keep the reader immersed until the very last page. LYING NEXT TO ME is one of those tales that billows forth like a tornado rolling across a Kansas cornfield taking the reader into a climate of darkness and impending doom. The narrative is tight as it careens from one twist to another keeping the cast of characters as well as the reader guessing and cautiously skeptical about what is really going on. If you enjoy masterful storytelling with multiple points of view that is just a cut above others in the genre, you should definitely consider adding LYING NEXT TO ME to your TBR list.
Teri1957 4 months ago
I received an ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a fabulous book! Loved the intriguing, thrilling plot which Gregg Olsen did a superb job of writing. You will be on the edge of your seat when you read this wonderful suspense/thriller! Enjoy!
The_Brown_Bookloft 9 months ago
Summary: Adam Warner is out on the lake with his three year old daughter, Aubrey, when they witness a shocking scene on shore. Adam’s wife, Sophie, is suddenly attacked and hauled off by a strange man. Panicked, Adam rows to shore as quickly as he can but by the time he gets there, the man is gone–and so is his wife. The only witness to the crime is a nearsighted old man. Sophie is soon found dead on the beach. Besides the cottage Adam is in, there are two others rented out. In one is a grandmother, watching her two very active grandsons. She was busy inside at the time of the incident. The other is rented out by a married couple, Kristen and Connor. The woman says she didn’t hear anything and the man was sleeping off an alcoholic binge. The police investigate and, of course, the suspicion falls on the husband, Adam. But, Lee, one of the officers knew him from childhood. Adam found her after a she was abducted as a young girl and she just knew he couldn’t have done it. Adam was one of the good guys. As the novel progresses, it becomes clear that more than one person may have had a motive for killing Sophie Warner, and that the motive for the murder is far more complex than it first appears. Comments: Lying Next to Me is an engrossing, rapid-fire tale of murder and deceit. The reader is led to a conclusion about the murderer and then just knows there is more to come. And there is — in a stunning conclusion. There was one part at the end that didn’t quite ring true, but it was about a secondary character and not important to the overall plot. Recommended for readers of Mysteries, Psychological Suspense, Thrillers, Suspense and those looking for something for a long flight or the beach.
lsmoore_43 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Gregg Olsen and it certainly will not be my last. This was one heck of a book. It kept me guessing all through the story. Who could be trusted. Who was telling the most lies. It had two stories going in lots of places but they connected in a way too. Lee’s story and Adam’s. It was a story of life altering events that will keep you turning the pages. The characters were ones you will love to hate, with the exception of Lee and Montrose. Lee had a lot going on in her life at a very young age. Very traumatic events that shaped her into the great Detective she is. She and Adam where childhood friends but they didn’t know each other as adults. Until that fateful day when his wife went missing. What could possibly have happened to Adam’s wife. Who could have taken her and why. All of this is answered for you. This book is very well written and keeps you turning pages to find out what comes next. Told from multiple points of view you won’t know who or what to believe. From an innocent child to a cruel vindictive adult this story will keep you captivated until the very end. I felt bad for Adam in so many ways. I felt bad for a few of the characters. But for one my heart broke. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good who done it. It’s a very good book. Thank you to #NetGalley and #Thomas and Mercer for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. I truly loved this book. A 5 star book for sure.
TropicalDelusions More than 1 year ago
This was a bit of a departure from the typical Gregg Olsen styled novel, but I enjoyed it none-the-less! Adam and Sophie Warner have chosen to spend an idyllic Memorial Day weekend at a beachside cottage for some much-needed downtime to nurture their marriage. While Adam and their daughter Aubrey are out in a boat offshore, Sophie is outside sipping wine – and Adam watches in horror as she’s abducted, unable to get to shore in time to help her. When the police arrive, Adam is grateful to see that a childhood friend, Lee Husemann, is the detective sent in response to his calls for help. Along with her partner, Zach Montrose, they listen to his story, and begin to interview other cabin occupants, including Connor & Kristen Moss to start their investigation. But how well do you really know someone? Lee is assured of Adam’s character as he was her rescuer years ago, but as the inquiries start, nothing is as it seems, and cracks appear in the stories of Adam, Kristen & Connor, leading Lee & Zach down a crooked path full of cunning, treachery and betrayal... As told from the perspectives of Lee, along with the three remaining cabin occupants, the story is gradually revealed from the perspectives of each player, and the reader is drawn in to a web of deceit and a startling, if not somewhat expected conclusion… Not his best, but great none-the-less! Definitely worth the read! I was fortunate to receive this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adam Warner is holding his 3-year-old daughter, Aubrey, and is in shock after seeing someone take his wife, Sophie. The three of them had come to a beach cottage for a few days of relaxation. It was when Adam and Aubrey were in the water on a skiff that he heard Sophie scream and saw her struggling with a man on the beach. The man then hit Sophie and carried her away. As Adam is rushing to get back to shore to rescue his wife, a neighbor calls the sheriff. A detective arrives and Adam recognizes her from his childhood. Her name is Lee. Of the three rental cabins, one is being rented by a grandmother with her two grandchildren. The third cabin is rented by a married couple, Kristen and Connor. Kristen is an attorney and Connor is a waiter with a drinking problem. As the police start searching for the man who took Sophie, her parents arrive. Her father, Frank, is a big blowhard bully and her mother is a meek, downtrodden wife. They insist that they take Aubrey with them to their home while the search is on to locate Sophie. This is a great story that builds with tension as the reader tries to figure out who took Sophie and why. It stumped me right up to the end which, to me, a ‘thrillerholic’, means that the author wrote a terrific book. I hope others will grab this one and enjoy it as much as I did. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
LuvSnoop42 More than 1 year ago
I have never read Gregg Olsen, even with as many books as he has written. This was my first. I have mixed feelings. It did hold my interest, as the premise was different from the storylines that I have been reading most recently. I just had a very difficult time connecting with the characters. I like flawed characters, but these people did not seem to have any redeeming qualities. Overall though, the story moved fairly quickly and I did want to see how it all came together. I will try a few more from this author to get a feel for his writing. Thank you to #NetGalley , Thomas & Mercer and Gregg Olsen for the ARC!!
LauraJay-BookClubReporter More than 1 year ago
This is my third Gregg Olsen mystery thriller book and it did not disappoint! Lying Next to Me is a page turner right from the start! Anxious to figure out what happened to Sophie, a woman with a husband and a three-year old daughter, I rock 'n rolled right through this book. Sophie was kidnapped in broad daylight, right out in the open, on the beach where her husband and daughter watched helplessly from a row boat. Lying Next to Me provided plenty of twists and turns to keep the momentum of the story moving forward at a quick pace. If you've read other Gregg Olsen books, you'll love Lying Next to Me. If this is your first Gregg Olsen book, you'll love Lying Next to Me.
Rhonda-Runner1 More than 1 year ago
It's Memorial Day weekend and Adam and Sophie Warner along with 3-year-old daughter Aubrey rent a cabin for a get away. In the cabin next to them, Kristen and Connor Moss are there for the weekend. Kristen is a corporate lawyer who wants to be a mother and Connor is a "head waiter" and a drunk. In the third cabin, a grandma and her two grandchildren are there for the weekend. Adam and Sophie are out crabbing and heading back to shore when Adam sees someone grab Sophie from the shore and disappear with her into the woods. Detectives Lee Husemann and Zach Montrose come to investigate the case. Detective Husemann is a childhood friend of Adam's. There are lots of very suspenseful twists and turns in this story with a surprise ending that I did not see coming. The characters all start out to be likeable but then they all become very unlikeable and everybody seems to be hiding something. I have been reading Gregg Olsen's books for years, both true crime and fiction, and I always know I am in for a good read. This book captured my attention from the beginning until the very end and it did not disappoint. If you are looking for a good mystery/thriller, this is it.
RobinLovesReading More than 1 year ago
"No matter what you see, no matter what you’ve heard, assume nothing." What an ominous statement! With that thought rolling through my mind, I began Lying Next to Me. The story is about the disappearance of Sophie Warner. Sophie, husband Adam and their three-year-old daughter, Aubrey, were spending Memorial Day weekend together. Sophie and Adam were experiencing a rough patch, but it was hoped a few days together would make things better. They barely got a chance to begin patching things up, however, because while Adam was on the water the first day with Aubrey and was away from shore, they were close enough for Adam to see Sophie abducted. There was absolutely nothing that Adam could do. There are only three cabins where they are staying, and in one cabin, a woman with her small grandchildren doesn't see anything. There is a couple in the other cabin, Kristen and Connor Moss, but they, too, are of no help. Adam is very hopeful that his friend, Lee Husemann, happens to be the detective on the case. At the very least, Adam is comforted by the fact that Lee will pull out all of the stops to try and determine what has happened to Sophie. There is one eyewitness, and with his help, Lee begins putting together the pieces of the puzzle. Of course, Adam claims innocence. However, the story is delivered in more than one point of view, and one of those is Connor. His dialogue is quite interesting and slowly things begin to fall into place. While Lee knows at least one person is lying, she is die-hard determined that Adam is innocent all across the board. After all, nothing you believe to be true actually is, so by far, most readers will be left guessing. I literally could not work it out and was shocked, to say the least, when the killer was revealed. All the while, not only is Adam and Lee's past revealed, but Connor's involvement is pivotal. Lastly, the phrase "unreliable narrator" with the various characters could never be more apropos than in this book. With quick dialogue, great intrigue, terrific pacing, more than one red herring and a stunning conclusion, this book by Gregg Olsen is an excellent read. Many thanks to Thomas & Mercer and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Jessica Woods More than 1 year ago
In true Gregg Olsen fashion, Lying Next to Me twists and turns enough to cause whiplash. When Adam's wife Sophie disappears on vacation and is found deceased, you cannot help but be skeptical of all the witnesses. Lee, one of the main detectives, has known Adam since they were kids and would never believe he could hurt his wife after all he found her after she was abducted. His in-laws want his head on a platter but a witness clears him from the crime. But as the suspects keep crawling out of the woodwork, the truth becomes a well buried secret that will push the detective to her limits to uncover the real murderer. None of the characters are very sympathetic and all are worthy of being suspects. Even if you figure out the whodunnit, the story will still hit you like a bucket of ice water, shocking and unexpected. This book delivers what readers expect from Mr. Olsen and as always entertains. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.