Lying Next to Me
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.

Lying Next to Me Details

TitleLying Next to Me
Author
ReleaseMay 21st, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
ISBN-139781721334087
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

Lying Next to Me Review

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars for Gregg Olsen's Lying to Next to Me - a twisty mystery filled with deceitful, self-absorbed characters! Adam and Sophie Warner take their 3 year old daughter on a weekend getaway at the lake. It all looks and sounds idyllic until Sophie is kidnapped a mere hundred yards from Adam, who is helpless to save her. Detective Lee Husemann is called in to find Sophie. What she uncovers is a tangled web of deceit that she must battle to sort through to get to the truth. Olsen definitely kept 3.5 Stars for Gregg Olsen's Lying to Next to Me - a twisty mystery filled with deceitful, self-absorbed characters! Adam and Sophie Warner take their 3 year old daughter on a weekend getaway at the lake. It all looks and sounds idyllic until Sophie is kidnapped a mere hundred yards from Adam, who is helpless to save her. Detective Lee Husemann is called in to find Sophie. What she uncovers is a tangled web of deceit that she must battle to sort through to get to the truth. Olsen definitely kept me turning the pages with unreliable characters that I loved to hate. They were self indulgent, narcissistic, morally repugnant and I quite honestly couldn't get enough. I love a good sociopath and boy did these characters fit the bill! 😉 Thank you to Gregg Olsen, Thomas & Mercer Publishing and NetGalley for an arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Mackey
    January 1, 1970
    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, #Thomas&MercerPublishing and #GreggOlsen for my copy of Lying in Wait.
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  • Nicole ❤
    January 1, 1970
    The truth is far more complicated 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 ago. 📖 BUY THIS BOOK : Amazon Barnes & 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, The truth is far more complicated 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 ago. 📖 BUY THIS BOOK : Amazon ⏺ Barnes & 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 Me is 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.
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  • warhawke
    January 1, 1970
    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 turned more devious 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 characters.💧 🌿 💧. . . (F)BR With Twinsie CC . . .💧 🌿 💧For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:
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  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    I was immediately sucked into this book from page one and was torn between wanting to digest it in one sitting or spread it out to savor. This book is four hundred pages and so enjoyable I read it in one night. This one kept my interest the entire time, I was positively delighted to be surprised by the ending and was even more pleased to be satisfied by it. It's one thing to shock your readers, but it takes real talent to make it work with the whole story.This intelligent psychological thriller I was immediately sucked into this book from page one and was torn between wanting to digest it in one sitting or spread it out to savor. This book is four hundred pages and so enjoyable I read it in one night. This one kept my interest the entire time, I was positively delighted to be surprised by the ending and was even more pleased to be satisfied by it. It's one thing to shock your readers, but it takes real talent to make it work with the whole story.This intelligent psychological thriller will have you turning pages long after you should have gone to bed. Just when I thought I had something figured out, the plot twisted, and I had to read more. The dynamic, multilayered characters grabbed me from the moment they walked onto the pages. The protagonist is as complicated as he is vulnerable, and even when I didn't know what he might do next under constant duress, and even when some of his decisions had me cringing, I still rooted for him the whole time. Is he? isn't he? What's next? These questions kept me reading and mesmerized.Lying Next to Me is a fast-paced and compelling mystery starring an increasingly unreliable narrator. Adam’s need for answers is understandable, and with plenty of tension, a few red herrings and some shocking twists, Mr. Olsen brings this perplexing mystery to an action-packed conclusion. An excellent mystery that I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend. This novel is fast, satisfying and thrilling. If you're ready for an intelligent thriller, this novel is for you.Thank you NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Gregg Olsen for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.#LyingNextToMe #NetGalley All my reviews can be found on my blog: https://shelleyann01.blogspot.com/
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  • Kat Dietrich
    January 1, 1970
    Lying Next To Me by Gregg Olsen is a psychological thriller.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Thomas & Mercer, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)It’s Memorial Day weekend, and the three flower-named cabins on Hood Canal are rented.In one cabin is Teresa Dibley with her two grand-children that she is raising. Her daughter Lying Next To Me by Gregg Olsen is a psychological thriller.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Thomas & Mercer, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)It’s Memorial Day weekend, and the three flower-named cabins on Hood Canal are rented.In one cabin is Teresa Dibley with her two grand-children that she is raising. Her daughter prefers drugs to looking after her children.In the second cabin are Kristen and Connor Moss. He is slowly working his way into becoming an alcoholic, and she is determined to have a child.In the third cabin are Adam and Sophie Warner, who are enjoying a mini vacation with their three-year old daughter Aubrey, until the unthinkable happens. While Adam and Aubrey are rowing back to the cottage they rented, he spies his wife fighting with a man near their cabin. The man hits Sophie, slings her over his shoulder and takes off. Adam doesn’t get back to shore in time to see where they went.As the police start to investigate, a number of troubling things come to light.One of the police officers is Lee Husemann, an old friend of Adam’s. Adam had saved her life many years ago, and Lee is convinced that Adam cannot be the one who abducted his wife. The Adam she knew had no violence in him. He is not the Adam that everyone else is talking about. He can’t be.My Opinions: This one is hard for me to describe. First, no matter what I say below….I loved it.At times I actually hated reading it. I hated the turns that the characters took, even while their actions pulled me in. I wanted to like one of them! I couldn’t…because I didn’t trust any of them. The writing was brilliant…it just sucked me in to a story I am not really sure I wanted to read. I kept thinking about Aubrey. With every turn, I was thinking about Aubrey.This book is full of lies, and affairs, and nothing was as it seemed. It is filled with suspense, and twists and more twists. It is told in multiple points of view, and short chapters, and it’s hard to tell who is telling the truth. Everyone lies, and motives abound….so do suspects.Gregg Olsen is an amazing author, and I have been reading his books for a long time. I know I have missed a few of them, and when I get a minute, I’ll be delving into those. I would recommend his books sight unseen (or unread). This one is worth the read. It is a fast read, an easy read, if not always a pleasant read. For a more complete review of this book and others, please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/
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  • Julie Parks
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those books that starts with a huge intrigue (kudos to the author!) and has you staying up late swiping your screen until you realize you're swimming in such literary waters you did NOT expect to dip your toes that day.Oh boy what a twister this story was, talk about unexpected... I feel like when you're done, you think the actual story is sooooo far from what the initial synopsis described - in a good way.It's one story of who-knows-who's-the-good-who's-the-bad-guy-here where you This is one of those books that starts with a huge intrigue (kudos to the author!) and has you staying up late swiping your screen until you realize you're swimming in such literary waters you did NOT expect to dip your toes that day.Oh boy what a twister this story was, talk about unexpected... I feel like when you're done, you think the actual story is sooooo far from what the initial synopsis described - in a good way.It's one story of who-knows-who's-the-good-who's-the-bad-guy-here where you won't be able to predict the ending.This book is action filled and rather grotesque at times, at least in my opinion. I think some people might appreciate warnings about violence and sociopathic behavior, as they are quite vividly described.I highly recommend this book for action seekers. It might not be a good beach read, though, as you might get burned fast forgetting to swim amidst your furious flipping of the pages to get to the end.Thank you Thomas & Mercer for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
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  • CC
    January 1, 1970
    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 beget more questions. “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 read more of 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 characters.*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.**This was a (F)BR with Twinsie Hawkey!*For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:
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  • Helga
    January 1, 1970
    Adam and Sophie are on holiday to rest and also to mend the few fractures that have appeared in their marriage. One morning while fishing with his 3 year old daughter, Adam witnesses his wife’s abduction by a stranger. By the time he reaches the shore, they are gone. Police are called but their investigations lead to nowhere. Sophie is gone without a trace, her husband has a solid alibi and there is a witness who saw the whole incident. Who took Sophie? Why? Whom can we trust?Who is the liar in Adam and Sophie are on holiday to rest and also to mend the few fractures that have appeared in their marriage. One morning while fishing with his 3 year old daughter, Adam witnesses his wife’s abduction by a stranger. By the time he reaches the shore, they are gone. Police are called but their investigations lead to nowhere. Sophie is gone without a trace, her husband has a solid alibi and there is a witness who saw the whole incident. Who took Sophie? Why? Whom can we trust?Who is the liar in this intricate game of cat and mouse? Lying Next to Me is a well-written book with an engaging story-line. It would have been a 5 star read for me if the characters weren’t extremely hateful and irritating. The first chapter gets you hooked, but as the story continues, it gets long-winded with too many inner dialogues that become repetitive and boring. Different points of view, all of them in first person also do little to lessen the annoyance and the confusion.Thanks to the author, Thomas & Mercer and the NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy.
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  • Caroline Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    A dark, claustrophobic thriller, a brilliant read.
  • Robin Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    "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, h "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.
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  • Karen Kay
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from Netgalley.com for a review. Adam and Sophie Warner and their three-year-old daughter are vacationing in Washington State’s Hood Canal for Memorial Day weekend. Adam sees Sophie abducted by a stranger, Adam can’t save her. And Sophie disappears.A fairly good mystery that kept me reading to the end. Everybody lies and the truth is loosely wrapped.3☆
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Lying Next to MeAuthor: Gregg OlsenGenre: adult thriller/mysteryPages: 396Thomas & MercerPub : May 21, 2019Website: http://www.greggolsen.com/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. Title: Lying Next to MeAuthor: Gregg OlsenGenre: adult thriller/mysteryPages: 396Thomas & MercerPub : May 21, 2019Website: http://www.greggolsen.com/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 marriedMy thoughts: rating: 5Would I recommend this book:yeswill I read anything else by this author : yesWOW what they was right when they said No matter what you see, no matter what you’ve heard, assume nothing. Because you have no idea who to truest , who to believe, and what you thought you saw or what anyone else thought they heard or seen,there are twist and turns and once you think you have it figure out something else comes along and knocks it out of the ballpark, the story is gripping and makes you want to just set there and keep turning the pages , just so you can find more pieces of the puzzle, and the ending was a complete shocker to me , wow what an eanding , never saw it coming . With that said I wan to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion ,and I can't wait to read more by this author .
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  • Lee Husemann
    January 1, 1970
    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 disappea 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.
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  • Trisha
    January 1, 1970
    "Duct tape, it turns out, is useful for many things beyond household repair."This was a very disappointing read. I found the detectives instant distrust odd. I found their reasoning knee jerk response just unbelievable. This was a great idea, I think, with execution that just didn't make sense. Maybe an additional 30 pages could have had the detectives searching for the guy who did it and coming to their conclusion in a different way - but as it stands, I just didn't find the detectives believab "Duct tape, it turns out, is useful for many things beyond household repair."This was a very disappointing read. I found the detectives instant distrust odd. I found their reasoning knee jerk response just unbelievable. This was a great idea, I think, with execution that just didn't make sense. Maybe an additional 30 pages could have had the detectives searching for the guy who did it and coming to their conclusion in a different way - but as it stands, I just didn't find the detectives believable from the get go and it made the rest of the story, although interesting, not what it should have been.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    No matter what you see...no matter what you’ve heard...assume nothing! Very true in this book....a thriller page turner that keeps you on edge the whole time. A highly recommended novel to all thriller and suspense lovers.
  • Chasidy Kaye Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for the ARC in exchange for my honest review. This book has so many twists and turns it will make your head spin. You will be guessing almost to the end then when you get to that point in the book where you think you gave figured it out, you will be surprised again. Excellent read to the very end.
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    I have always enjoyed Gregg Olson, and this novel was no exception. There were twists and turns, and the end was such a surprise. I appreciate the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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  • Jessica Woods
    January 1, 1970
    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 th 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.
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  • Darlene Avery Dibley
    January 1, 1970
    Have been reading most of the day while at chemo was so into it that I couldn't put it down. Really holds your attention. So much suspense keeping you on the edge of your seat . So far its awesome.
  • Fawn
    January 1, 1970
    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 add more confusion 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 add more confusion 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.
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  • Lilly
    January 1, 1970
    I love Gregg Olsen's novels and was excited to read this new one.This is a clever multilayered mystery thriller which although doesn't have likable characters, yet has a strong gripping plot with engaging character development.There are lots of twists and turns as the plot unfolds until the end which I didn't expect at all.Thanks Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the "Read Now" option, I voluntarily reviewed this book.
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  • Ruthie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~3.5*s There is a really clever twist to this story and although at one point I was pretty certain how things would turn out, I was delighted at the ruse. That is after all why we read such books, to have the clues pile up and send us down blind alleys. In this book, we get to learn the facts by travelling back in time at key points in the story. These snippets gave us the hints to keep us hooked. There were some things w ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~3.5*s There is a really clever twist to this story and although at one point I was pretty certain how things would turn out, I was delighted at the ruse. That is after all why we read such books, to have the clues pile up and send us down blind alleys. In this book, we get to learn the facts by travelling back in time at key points in the story. These snippets gave us the hints to keep us hooked. There were some things which I had serious issues with - the biggest being the release of her body for cremation within days of her death ... we see too much crime on tv to think that this could possibly be the case - especially when they make a point of saying that they don't even have their own forensic team. Weird, and actually given there was no big funeral, it was just not necessary - so it threw me out of the story somewhat. Likewise, the overemphasis on the attempts at creating a child - important in the scheme of things, but not at quite a level of repetition. Instead, I would have liked more on Lee - she turned out to be a key figure, yet we know very, very little about her, other than the crime committed against her.Overall I think that the story is worth a read, and definitely kept me guessing until the final reveal.
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  • Tracy Wood
    January 1, 1970
    I have always enjoyed Gregg Olsen's books and this one was no different.  Of the four main protagonists Sophie was the most enigmatic possibly because she was only a brief participant. When she is murdered her husband is devastated but reassured by the knowledge that one of the lead detectives has been friends with him since childhood. Lee Husemann is a police officer with a past. Having been the victim of serious crime herself when much younger and on the receiving end of intense media pressure I have always enjoyed Gregg Olsen's books and this one was no different.  Of the four main protagonists Sophie was the most enigmatic possibly because she was only a brief participant. When she is murdered her husband is devastated but reassured by the knowledge that one of the lead detectives has been friends with him since childhood. Lee Husemann is a police officer with a past. Having been the victim of serious crime herself when much younger and on the receiving end of intense media pressure on a previous case she is determined to make sure justice is done for Adam and his daughter as well as Sophie. This is an excellent book, the differing points of view kept me reading 'just one more chapter'! I have to admit I worked out what happened well before the end but it was very satisfying to see it all come to pass almost just as I thought and there were a few bits which surprised me which  is always good! There was one bit (no spoilers) in the very last section which may have been a typo, if not I definitely missed something big!I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a multi-view murder mystery or likes to work it all out as they go along.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Lies are unpredictable. Lives are mended together for the sake of comfort. Reality checks upon them all.Welcome to the rural lives of two couples. The daughter of one couple was kidnapped while the marriage of the other couple is about to become three's a charm.Adam the main character may not be like able but then again I've not met a sociopath, narcissist, or anyone with such toxicity to be like able so I suppose if you seek characters you like than you might want to shy away from thrillers.As Lies are unpredictable. Lives are mended together for the sake of comfort. Reality checks upon them all.Welcome to the rural lives of two couples. The daughter of one couple was kidnapped while the marriage of the other couple is about to become three's a charm.Adam the main character may not be like able but then again I've not met a sociopath, narcissist, or anyone with such toxicity to be like able so I suppose if you seek characters you like than you might want to shy away from thrillers.As for the plot it's full of angst, dread, doom on the horizon and around every corner. Some of the characters attempt to play nice but that's like handing a match over to play with fire.Sure there's quite of lies, fabrications, half truths but when the evidence is in you cannot acquit.It's a real barn burner of a story.Thank you to Gregg, the publisher, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Jessica Zweiacker
    January 1, 1970
    Another interesting read by Gregg Olsen. It had me hooked from the first chapter, the characters were all very complex and sadly, flawed. I am not one, who likes to read books with multiple points of view, that being said, I wish I had more insight to the wife, and her view of things. So many accusations were thrown around , it would have been nice to hear her side of the story. I believe it would have given more insight into how, the couple ended up in the place they were in the beginning of th Another interesting read by Gregg Olsen. It had me hooked from the first chapter, the characters were all very complex and sadly, flawed. I am not one, who likes to read books with multiple points of view, that being said, I wish I had more insight to the wife, and her view of things. So many accusations were thrown around , it would have been nice to hear her side of the story. I believe it would have given more insight into how, the couple ended up in the place they were in the beginning of the story . It left me wondering if she was the least flawed of the group of characters .It left me wondering about people, and you never really truly know someone, and the problems (and personality disorders) they deal with.I received a free arc of the book, in exchange for my honest opinion of the book.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Solid mystery thriller. Lots of good twists and turns--some I saw coming and others really surprised me. With a genre that is getting more saturated by the day, it takes a lot to craft a well-plotted mystery that can keep me entertained. The Washington state location, with so many familiar towns and areas referenced, were just icing on the cake to me as it gave the story local flavor.There were a few things I had to suspend disbelief about, but overall this is a fast paced thriller that will kee Solid mystery thriller. Lots of good twists and turns--some I saw coming and others really surprised me. With a genre that is getting more saturated by the day, it takes a lot to craft a well-plotted mystery that can keep me entertained. The Washington state location, with so many familiar towns and areas referenced, were just icing on the cake to me as it gave the story local flavor.There were a few things I had to suspend disbelief about, but overall this is a fast paced thriller that will keep you guessing.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
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  • Nona
    January 1, 1970
    Do you have reservations for a rustic cabin for the upcoming holiday weekend? If you do, the book to take along is Lying Next To Me. If not, grab a copy and the author, Gregg Olsen, will take you there. Set on the banks of the Hood Canal in rural Washington, Adam’s wife is abducted in broad daylight. The lives of Adam, the guests in the other cabins and the detectives assigned to the case become entwined and it is revealed that some have already encountered each other. This thriller will keep yo Do you have reservations for a rustic cabin for the upcoming holiday weekend? If you do, the book to take along is Lying Next To Me. If not, grab a copy and the author, Gregg Olsen, will take you there. Set on the banks of the Hood Canal in rural Washington, Adam’s wife is abducted in broad daylight. The lives of Adam, the guests in the other cabins and the detectives assigned to the case become entwined and it is revealed that some have already encountered each other. This thriller will keep you guessing to the end. And, it will leave any of us wondering, “Do I really know the person lying next to me?”
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  • Pet
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the book very much! I liked the changing POV's, helped me to get into the character's heads, and I liked the way and speed in which the mistery revealed itself piece for piece. Very entertaining!I'd definitely recommend the book!Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy!
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  • Charmaine Scott
    January 1, 1970
    "Lying Next to me" by Greg Olson was a page turner, had it read in 2 days. The characters were complex as were their relationships. I enjoyed reading another of Greg Olson's books.Great author.Charmaine Scott
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