Book Review | Sometimes I Lie

sometimes I lie

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.

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After reading the description I knew I wanted to read this book and I was hoping that it would be as thrilling and mysterious as the blurb suggests. I am delighted to say that it does not disappoint.

It can be so hard with psychological thrillers now to manage to give people that thrill because the more of this genre you read the more you become aware of the tricks but I can safely say that I did not see any of it coming.

Time here seems to stretch like an accordion; sometimes it’s all squashed together, sometimes it feels as though my folded-up existence is infinite, tucked away between the creases of life-shaped cloth and cardboard. I’m a little confused and a lot lost.

Of course, I won’t go into too much detail because with this kind of book it would spoil the whole story but what I will say is that it is brilliant and pieced together expertly. The story is told from different timeframes we get to hear from Amber as she is trapped in the coma, what she can hear around her and what’s going through her head and we get to see events from before that lead up to the coma.

This works really well because you are constantly having to reassess which direction the story is taking, it also keeps the book really pacey and builds suspense around what is happening. Plus it makes it impossible for you not to read on.

For once I don’t want to be the one asking the questions, I wish someone would listen to my answers and tell me whether my version of the truth is still correct.

There are twists in this story that you really don’t expect, they weren’t in your face, they were subtle and I think that made even more of an impact, it was mind blowing.

The characters are complex, Amber is the ultimate unreliable narrator and it gets to the stage that you really don’t know what or who you can trust.

This is a book that sinks its claws in you and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last page. I would highly recommend it.

five

Thanks to HQ and Netgalley for the review copy of this book.

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