Sometimes I Lie
by Alice Feeney
Genre: Thriller / Mystery
Length: 262 Pages
Release date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books
My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.
Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?
This book was absolutely wild and so much fun. Amber tells you right from the start that you can’t trust her: “Sometimes I Lie.” The book opens with Amber in a coma, but still able to hear everything going on around her. She has no memory of how she ended up in this state. What follows is her experience in the hospital as she struggles to separate her nightmares from reality, punctuated by flashback scenes and she slowly regains her memories of what led up to her accident. There are also intermittent diary entries which date back to her childhood.
The book is short and fast-paced; this is definitely one to pick up if you feel like you’re in a reading slump. It’s a bit reminiscent of The Girl on the Train, while still feeling completely unique. The plot twists will keep you guessing and dying to turn the next page. Amber’s admitted dishonesty as well as her coma-addled mind muddy the waters and, combined with Feeney’s expert storytelling, make for a ridiculously compelling read with one plot twist after another. Amber’s nightmares are deliciously creepy and thrilling, and the diary entries slowly become chilling as the story progresses.
Fans of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn will gobble this one up.
Note: trigger warning for sexual assault.
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