Author: Alice Feeney
Publish Date: March 13, 2018 by Flatiron Books
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Hardcover: 258 pages
My Rating: 4 stars
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?
For fans of psychological thrillers with a twist like Gone Girl, I Let You Go, and Woman in the Window, Alice Feeney has written a debut novel that will take you on quite a ride. Sometimes I Lie is a twisty, addictive, psychological thriller that will have your head spinning. This book combines the unreliable narrator of books like The Girl on the Train, with the twists of Gone Girl, and peppers in domestic thrills in the vein of Behind Closed Doors to produce an entertaining, addictive read.
It is an intriguing and unique premise with our narrator being in a coma. Amber describes to us what she is able to experience as she lays immobile in her hospital bed. The author does a superb job of drawing us into this small, almost claustrophobic setting and letting the reader experience what Amber is going through first hand. You might think this limiting scenario would get a little dull after awhile, but a lot happens from the perspective of Amber hospital bed! We learn a lot by the conversations going on around her and the people who visit, both welcome and unwelcome. The author perfectly balances these scenes with insight into the days leading up to the accident and flashbacks to Amber’s childhood, to keep driving the plot forward. It’s the perfect mystery as little bread crumbs of clues are dropped all along the way.
This book may give you a little whiplash with the twists and turns. I think the only reason I dropped it down to 4 stars, is because some of the twists seemed a little gimmick-y to me. Like a bait and switch. Just when you think you know where this is going, the author pulls the rugs out from under you! Remember, the book is called “Sometimes I Lie” for a reason – don’t trust everything you’re reading, but it does make for a very fun, satisfying read.