Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
ARC from Netgalley
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Sometimes I Lie was my first read from Alice Feeney, but you can bet it won’t be my last. I feel like this book really messed with my mind, and even at the end, I wasn’t sure I was clear on what had happened. In the case of this book, I loved that! You can tell immediately from the blurb that you cannot trust the narrator in this story, as even by her own admission, she’s a liar. It makes for an interesting relationship between reader and narrator. But even knowing that, the author is able to inject such terror into Amber’s ‘voice’ that you can’t help but feel for her. She’s lying in a hospital bed, and while she’s unable to move, she’s aware of everything that’s going on around her. But the creepy part is that while she doesn’t remember what happened, she has reason to suspect that every person who visits her could have caused her harm.
This book flip flops between Amber’s present and her past,back to when she was a young child. It was written in a way that kept me interested, because I knew the timelines were going to payoff in a way I wouldn’t expect, and I couldn’t wait to find out how. I have to say, one of the things that can sometimes happen to me with Mystery/Thrillers is that I can have a hard time connecting to the main character, which I am OK with. Most of the time they are in circumstances that I don’t want to identify with. But I totally connected with Amber and everything she was feeling, I was feeling, too. There were times when the fear left me breathless, and I couldn’t put this book down. When I did have to put it down because of life, I couldn’t get back to it fast enough. The pacing of this book just never let up, and I always wanted to know more.
I’m surprised at how much I remember, because I read this book a while ago, but that’s another testament to how good this book was. (And I am just now reviewing it – bad blogger!) There were so many twists and turns here, so many people who could have been the bad guy (and honestly, even if they weren’t the bad guy, none of them were stand up people.) I enjoyed Sometimes I Lie so much, and if you’re a fan of Thrillers and still haven’t picked this book up, I think you’re really missing out!
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