SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney
March 23rd 2017, HQ
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?
I won a copy of SOMETIMES I LIE right before the book was released with every intention of reading it as soon as I got my hands on it! However other books, life and other blogging commitements stood in my way and I’m sorry to say this book stayed on my shelf for a long time.
It was only in the past couple of weeks when I noticed Abby at Crime By The Book reading SOMETIMES I LIE in anticipation of the US release and something in me was triggered and I went straight to my shelf, pulled the book off and started to read. My word! This book was worth the wait and then some.
To kick off, the concept is one I have not read before. Amber Reynolds is in a coma, however is still able to hear all conversations carrying on around her. This already made me feel anxious and made me try and put myself in Ambers position about how I would feel knowing that I cannot communication with people right next to me. Pretty frigging scared, confused and claustrophobic.
Although I felt sympathy to Amber’s situation – the pessimist in me could sense that her narrative was entirely truthful. I completely devoured the ‘unreliable narrator’ theme, which worked PERFECTLY within this novel – which I haven’t experienced since HE SAID/SHE SAID (by Erin Kelly). I found myself doubting every memory Amber had and wondered for a while whether an ulterior agenda was at play.
The only thing painful about this book is that we now have to wait another YEAR for the follow up novel; SOMETIMES I KILL. The struggle is most definitely real!
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