Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Sometimes I Lie

Author: Alice Feeney
Genre: Suspense
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 258
Source: Local Public Library
Publisher: Flatiron Books
First Published: March 13, 2018

First Lines: “I’ve always delighted in the free fall between sleep and wakefulness.”

Book Description from GoodReads:
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?

My Rating: 3 stars

My Review:I was drawn to this book because of the premise of the main character being in a coma, the secrets, lies that ensue and the unreliable narrator aspect.  People are buzzing about this book so I added it to my stack.

This is a dark read that has outrageous twists -- slap you in the face, make you wonder if you read it right, kind of twists. But the story in between the twists is a little lackluster, has a choppy feel from jumping back and forth in time (as well as the inclusion of diary entries) and I didn't connect with any characters. They are an unlikable bunch.

I understand why this book is so hyped and talked about. It gets most of its marks from me for the twists (especially the initial twist which I had to stop and wrap my head around). The premise is unique and the twists are supersized but I felt the rest of the story was weakly executed with the ending feeling overly ambiguous. It left me feeling irritated and unsatisfied with more questions than answers ... but not interested enough to spend more time figuring things out.

Overall, Sometimes I Lie is a good read but not one that will stay with me.

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