Sometimes I Lie Hardcover – 13 March 2018
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- Publisher : Flatiron Books (13 March 2018)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250144841
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250144843
- Dimensions : 16.23 x 2.41 x 24.08 cm
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However, from about the 35% mark, I lost the plot. First Amber was someone, then Taylor was Amber...no, Taylor was real - or was she? Where was Claire in all this? Did Claire actually exist? What was the little girl in the pink robe all about? Was Edmund real?
No, the twists and turns - in my opinion - "out-clevered" themselves. I was so confused that I ended up skipping pages and probably missed the real truth of the plot. I paid more for this book than any other for a long time and I feel I could have bought 10 "humdingers" for a dollar each rather than spending ten dollars on this one.
Amongst the vast number of books that are marketed as psychological thrillers, Sometimes I Lie certainly lives up to its claim. Amber, the narrator of the story, tells us right from the start that she doesn’t always tell the truth – and with that the stage is set. What can you believe and what is a lie? That is the big question throughout the entire book, and I was quite often wrong in my assumptions. I will not go into the plot at all, since this is a book you should dive into blindly with all seat belts firmly fastened, as you will be in for some turbulence!
It is hard to believe that this is Feeney’s debut novel, as she employs just about every plot device the genre has to offer, and she does this very well. The story unfolds in three timelines – the now, as Amber Reynolds lies in a coma, able to hear those around her but unable to move or talk; the days leading up to the accident that put her in hospital; and diary entries from fifteen years ago. It doesn’t help that Amber is also experiencing strange dreams in her coma, which further blur the line between reality and lies. The frustration Amber feels as she is trapped in her own body and unable to reach out to anyone was well portrayed, as was the feeling of claustrophobia and fear as she slowly remembers the events of “before”. However, of all the timelines, I found the diary the most chilling, and if you read the book you will find out why. It was a very dark and disturbing thread that had me covered in goosebumps many times. The undercurrent of menace is always there, at one point culminating in a situation that had me truly terrified for all the people involved. Enough said.
I started out listening to the audiobook, but once things heated up I switched to the print version as I absolutely could not tear myself away and had to find out what would happen – and I read a lot faster than the narrator. My husband is still slightly miffed that I locked myself away in the bedroom with a Do Not Disturb sign, refusing to talk to anyone until I had found out the answers. Answers I could never have predicted, by the way, so cleverly had the author laid her traps. In fact, there are still things I am not sure I interpreted right, and I am just itching to discuss them with someone. Utterly brilliant!
In summary: there are three things you should know about Sometimes I Lie:
1) It is a dark and claustrophobic psychological thriller that firmly earns itself a place in the “twister hall of fame” for its many unpredictable twists that you will never be able to foresee.
2) It is totally addictive and will have you firmly hooked, so make sure you have lots of time to spare when you start reading it.
3) Don’t take anything for face value in this book, and don’t trust anyone!
Anyone looking for a true psychological thriller that messes with your mind – this is it, folks!
The writing was wonderfully clever and the characters were striking and perfectly developed. The pacing was appropriate and the build up, suspenseful. I admit to being unable to control my reading time with this one.
The scenario: a comatosed woman (Amber Reynolds), a husband who has fallen out of love, and ... lies. There was also a backstory, connections to the present, secrets, dysfunctions and conflict. Who do you trust? Who do you believe?
Told via Amber's POV, it's best to go in blind with this book, so no more about the storyline.
If you love to be immersed in a thrilling and baffling wild ride, I highly recommend Sometimes I Lie.
Amber is in hospital in a coma she can hear all that is going on. We go through her life as it was, as a young child, and as her coma progresses. All are horrible. But what is the truth.
Halfway through we get introduced to some of truth and lots of twists and turns. The horror increases and there are further twists. Somewhere here I started to get lost to what was the truth. So Alice succeeded quite well with this aspect of her writing.
What a brilliant first book. I didn't know what to expect and it held my interest. It gets confusing as the truth starts to appear. But keep going it's worth it. Don't forget it's a physiological thriller so it might make you squirm.
I've never read anything quite like this before so it's hard to put into words but reading other reviews I can totally agree with all of them.
The very end was a real surprise (though I kind of suspected that!) but it still left you hanging and I wonder if there is a sequel somewhere on the horizon.
I give it a 4* but almost thought a 3*.
It was the blurb that lured me in, and whilst reading, the author delivered shock after shock that blew apart what I thought I was reading.
This book will keep you on your toes, but if you're uncomfortable with inconclusive endings, I'd give it a miss.
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I spent most of the book thinking Amber and Taylor were different people then it all swapped around and suddenly Amber and Taylor are the same person and Claire enters the equation as the friend who had become the sister! Sorry if I'm confusing you but I was confused. Maybe I had it all wrong but I guess I'll never know and I don't enjoy not knowing!
I don't consider this to be a psychological thriller, I have read many far better. This wasn't thrilling at all. I appear to have missed the 'killer twist you'll never forget'.
It started off well enough, and the 'sometimes i lie' gives the story a great edge - that is, if it hadn't of descended into farce. The plot twist are clumsy and forced, and in the end you think - the whole story is a lie, so why did I bother reading it. It had so much potential , but in the end I was really disappointed.
There are no less than 3 plotlines in this novel but this was never confusing and I actually like it when there’s a lot going on as was the case here, it keeps me turning those pages. One of the plotlines follows Amber when she’s 11 years old, another one follows her in the present a few days before she finds herself in the hospital and the last one is the one with Amber in a coma. Well she isn’t actually in a coma, she can hear perfectly fine what is going on around her, she just can’t react in any way. As if that’s not enough, she also can’t remember what happened to her. It’s all rather terrifying and her paranoia towards her husband and sister really rubbed off on me :-). It’s not easy to figure out who to trust when you can’t ask any questions. Someone did this to her and I was ready to crucify them myself!
It made sense that there’s a plotline leading up to ‘the event’ but it was puzzling what the plot about her younger self had to do with the story and how she ended up there. It focused largely on her family situation and her friendship with a girl named Taylor when she was a young girl and I had no doubt there was a meaningfulness that totally escaped me; Taylor wasn’t mentioned in the present at all.
The author built up the tension in the days and hours towards her hospital admission and surprised me with a major twist of category 5 (I know, I just decided to have my own rating for twists and this one is of the same order as being told the earth is flat). So many things are actually connected but invisible to see at first sight. The past did have an effect on the present and to understand the present you have to know about the past. I might sound as if I’m talking in riddles but you just have to read it for yourselves if you want the full detail! I’m impressed with this author’s clever writing and I seriously had to wrap my head around that twist.
In conclusion: a wonderful debut that will keep you guessing for a very long time. Read it, it’ll keep you very entertained!