Book Review: Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney

Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Published by Flatiron Books on March 13, 2018 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 272

Source: Netgalley

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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?

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Sometimes I Lie, Alice Feeney’s debut novel, started out strong and only got better as it progressed.

“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.”

This is one of those books where you don’t want to know much before going in, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. A fast paced, immersive, and compelling story, this narrative unfolded from three ways: now (after Amber has been in an accident and is now in a coma); then (the days leading up to the accident); and before (diary entries from a couple decades prior). The combination of the three timelines along with short chapters that leave you wanting more makes this so incredibly readable and hard to put down. In addition, the writing itself was quite nice, with several quotes I had to stop and highlight along the way because of either their beautiful wording or their spot on observations of human nature.

I found Sometimes I Lie to be so impressive that I have a hard time believing it’s Feeney’s debut novel. It appears there might be a sequel in the works and a film adaptation coming, and I, for one, cannot wait for either. Definitely recommended.

*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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