Sometimes I Lie
By: Alice Feeney
# of pages: 264
Challenges: Full House (new author from another country: UK)
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 review: Someone on the Silent Book Club I’m a part of on Facebook mentioned how the newest trend in titles now is the word “lie” or “lying.” We’ve got The Lying Game, One of Us is Lying, Let Me Lie, Lie to Me, etc. And here is Sometimes I Lie. For a good part of the book I was a little annoyed by the title. I felt like there was probably a better title the author could have used. However, towards the end the title became a lot more appropriate.
I usually don’t read any Goodreads reviews of a book before or even after reading. However, after you finish this book you will want to talk to someone about it, you will want to read what others have to say. So I went onto Goodreads. A lot of people were complaining that it was confusing and they missed the plot twist and had no clue what was going on at the end of the book. I didn’t feel that way because I followed along pretty well, but I can see why it’s confusing to some people. This is one of the few books I want to read again just after reading it for the first time. I probably won’t do that, but it would be interesting to read it again after knowing the plot twists. Yes, twists plural. Also, it’s really hard for me to type the word twists for some reason. 😛
The story is about Amber Reynolds, who begins the book with the revelation that she’s in a coma. She can’t remember what happened in the days before she regained consciousness, but while she is unable to move or communicate in any way, she has plenty of time to try to remember. The book alternates between NOW, when Amber is in a coma, THEN, which is the days leading up to her coma, and BEFORE, when she was a child.
Some of the reviews I read accused the author of adding too many details to throw off the reader, but I wonder if there was more purpose than we think to many of the descriptions. I wouldn’t be surprised if the author writes a sequel that explains the ending and other things that happened throughout the novel.
Why I gave this book 4/5 stars: Suspenseful and well paced story, interesting characters, plot twists I didn’t see coming.