THE WAITING by Elizabeth Burgess and Marie Hewes – BOOK REVIEW

Image obtained from the author's blog - see link below

Image obtained from the author’s blog – see link below


Author: Elizabeth Burgess & Marie Hewes

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Publication Date: August 2014

Length: 417 pages

Intended For: Readers ages 18+

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book starts off with a murder.

The book then goes three weeks into the past and a large number of characters are introduced. It can be daunting trying to remember who each character is and how they are connected to each other, but the author does a good job of explaining each of the complicated relationships.

The cheating, womanizing and egotistical Dr. Andrew Douglas has been married to the lovely and talented Arianne for twenty-six years. Throughout their entire marriage he has cheated on her with a string of young, buxom women but none of them have really meant anything to him. His sense of entitlement and self-importance allows him to exist guilt free and to never even consider what effect his philandering might have on his wife or children.

Arianne is the perfect wife. Despite the fact that Andrew had been married when he and Arianne first met, Arianne had hoped to change his cheating ways and to turn him into a good husband and father. Twelve years into their marriage, in a moment of weakness, Arianne fed up with Andrew’s cheating and his lack of availability she sought solace in the arms of his best friend, Dr. Gregory Adams. The result of that brief, but intense affair was the birth of the now thirteen year old Pike.

No one knows that Pike is really Gregory’s biological child, even Gregory has no idea, and Arianne is determined to keep it that way. She also tries to hide the fact that deep down she is still in love with Gregory. Her sense of honor will not allow her to follow her heart and leave Andrew to seek happiness with Gregory.

Andrew Douglas wants it all. He wants his gorgeous and talented wife at home waiting for him. He wants his mistresses ready and waiting for him whenever the mood strikes him. He even wants his ex-wife in his bed, despite her hatred for Arianne. He wants more prestige, more power, and of course, more money. This desire for “more” leads him to get involved in organ trafficking.

It is his ex-wife Maddie who gets him involved in the scheme. This “venture” seems too good to be true and Maddie has a diabolical plan of her own.

If I try to list all of the characters in this review, it will end up being several pages long.

This story is full of intrigue, love, lust, betrayal and lies. It is a bit like “Gray’s Anatomy” meets “Dallas” meets “Criminal Minds.”

The best word to describe this book is SCANDALOUS!

Despite the large and detailed cast of characters this is a good story. In fact, it would make a good television series. In a television venue it would be allowed the time to develop each of the characters and to highlight each of the complicated and convoluted ways they are tied to each other. The author should definitely send this book to a television producer.

Readers know from the beginning that the lives of the characters in the book are about to be shattered and there is non-stop action throughout.

Old actions come back to haunt some of the characters and deep seated hatred is let loose by others.

If you enjoy a good drama/thriller than THE WAITING is the book for you. I read this entire 417 page book in a twenty-four span. It is just too good to put down. I highly recommend adding this book to your MUST READ list.

I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy immersing themselves in the complicated, dysfunctional and dramatic lives of others.

There are three more books in this series that are currently available. Book # 1.5 “THE FUNERAL” is next up on my reading list.

* This book is NOT suitable for readers under the age of 18. There are sexually explicit scenarios and adult themes and situations.


Elizabeth Burgess and Marie Hewes have been best friends since the ages of six and four. They both live with their partners in Louisiana. THE WAITING is their first book.

To learn more about these authors visit:

Follow @LiddyBurgess on Twitter


Follow me on Twitter: @Amieroger

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