The past week going on two have been extremely hectic for me on the work front so I have been very late in putting out my blog posts and reviews. But I know you guys are awesome and super understanding!
Sometimes I Lie is a book a picked up in Barnes and Noble on one of my rare visits to the actual store. The title and cover popped out at me, and a mention of a discount for B&N Members had me sold. The minute I posted it for my Sunday Reads on Instagram, I realized through the hashtag that it was a big hit. Now after reading it – I know why.
This is Alice Feeney’s debut novel, and I can honestly say she is an author that is on my “one to watch” list.
SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney
Overview – Spoiler Alert : Low
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. Or her sister. Or maybe both. 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?
– Excerpts taken from the overview inside the book.
Review – Spoiler Alert : Low
Amber the narrator wakes up, but she is not really awake. She is in a coma, but she can hear others around her as they come in and out of her hospital room. She is trying to figure out how she ended up there by piecing her life together – trying to remember what happened, and figure out what is true versus what is a flat out lie. The book rotates between her present time in the hospital (now), events leading up to the accident (then), and diary entries from her childhood (before).
The book starts off slowly but it becomes a large tangled web fast. We deal with the woman in a coma, a pathological liar, an imaginary friend, an untrustworthy sister, a murderer, and the childhood diary. You will be making assumptions, but you will be wrong. There are so many secrets, memories, and stories – its hard to know what is true or real.
I don’t usually swear, not when writing at least but Sometimes I Lie is one holy mother of tightly knotted twists and turns. It is the kind of psychological thriller that will have you saying WTF in the end.
Commentary – Spoiler Alert : Medium/ High
The book starts with Amber, the narrator stating three things : ” 1. I’m in a coma, 2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore, and 3. Sometimes I lie”. These three statements definitely set the tone for me on what this book was about.
It is December 26, 2016 and Amber wakes up, but she is not truly awake.. She is trying to understand what has happened to her and how she ended up in the hospital. She discovers she was in an accident and she is currently in a coma. She hears everyone but no one is aware. She cannot speak, move or even open her eyelids. When her husband Paul comes to see her for the first time in the hospital, she mentions being sure he has something to do with it – and yes the police suspect him too. Her sister Claire also makes a visit to the hospital. Paul makes it clear that she is not welcome to visit her and tells her to get out. Eventually Paul and Claire have some what of a truce but she doesn’t trust her sister with her husband.
Amber lays motionless listening to everyone in her room. She hears when her mum and dad come to visit and their conversations with their favorite daughter Claire. But she is also visited by someone else, a man, but she has no idea who he is. He hears him as he goes through her cellphone, deletes a message he had left her and says to Amber “you did this to yourself”. Who is this man and what did she do to herself?
The book transitions to the week before the accident where Amber goes through her usual routine and heads to work. She is a radio presenter and she works with Madeline who anchors the radio show “Coffee Morning”. She hates her job, and is not fond of, or gets along with her coworker Madeline. Her only real friend at work is Jo. Matthew her boss, calls her into his office to explain that he might have to let her go if she does not start to get along with Madeline. She is furious but concocts a plan with her friend Jo to take Madeline down.
During this time before the accident she runs into her ex Edward. She goes out with him to catch up, despite being a married woman. She sees the meeting as harmless.
The diary entries from her childhood prove to have some answers but, everything is not revealed immediately. It gives us some insight into her home life, growing up and the experiences that have molded her into the individual she is today. A lot about her sister is also explained through the diary entries as well.
Eventually Amber remembers everything and when she does, everything takes a whole new turn.
While my spoiler alert is medium/ high for the commentary – I left a lot of the twists and turns out. This is a must read book – you will be questioning everything to the very end. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and this is a book you can definitely finish in one sitting.
Alice Feeney definitely took me on a twisted thriller ride but I enjoyed every ounce of it. I will read any book she comes out with next for sure.