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Sometimes I Lie: A Novel Hardcover – March 13, 2018
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“If you’re looking for a Gone Girl-esque fix, then this is the book for you.” ―Cosmopolitan
“A spine-tingling psychological thriller…the joy (and the stress) of this thriller is separating fact from fiction. The creepy feeling at the back of your neck is 100 percent real.” ―People
“[An] insanely twisty thriller.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“A gripping debut with a brilliant twist, I LOVED it!” ―BA Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors
“Faster and more twisted than a roller coaster with an ending that’ll make your stomach drop, Alice Feeney’s Sometimes I Lie is not to be missed. I loved it!” ―Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Every Last Lie
“Propulsive and absorbing. Such a compelling, provocative narrator!” ―Flynn Berry, author of Under the Harrow
"Fans of the psychological thriller will enjoy this ambitious debut." ―Kirkus Reviews
“A serpentine tale of betrayal, madness, and murder.... Feeney is definitely a writer to watch.” ―Publishers Weekly
“I read this in one compulsive gulp in one day. It’s SO fiendishly clever―an absolute masterclass in plotting and narrative design.” ―Richard Skinner, author of The Mirror
“A bold and original voice―I loved this book.” ―Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of I Let You Go and I See You
“Tightly plotted, superbly written, this is a thriller that grabs you and holds you in its thrall. This story of a woman in a coma recalling the violence in her life gave me just enough information to remain entirely gripped yet sufficiently little that I didn’t know where I’d find the answers, or even the questions at times. I was led―completely willingly―in various different directions and until the final few pages I was baffled yet engrossed. And then, suddenly, at the very end, everything became clear. A brilliantly assured debut and a real achievement.” ―Nicholas Searle, author of international bestseller The Good Liar
“Exceptional in plotting…Expect perfectly embedded twists and sharply drawn characters. A brilliant thriller.” ―Ali Land, author of Good Me Bad Me
About the Author
Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist. She has spent fifteen years with BBC News where she worked as a reporter, news editor, arts and entertainment producer, and One O'Clock news producer. Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog. Sometimes I Lie is her debut.
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1. It will keep you guessing.
2. You wont be able to put it down.
3. You need it… NOW!
Debut? Really? Where have you been Alice Feeney because this manner of storytelling is exactly what we thriller readers needed right now. This is one difficult book to describe as it is something a reader needs to experience themselves. Seriously, limit the number of reviews you read and go into this one blind. Spoilers will only do just that, spoil a magnificently twisty psychological ride for you. Having said that, I have no intentions of offering you any spoilers, but instead give you a look into why you should not walk past this book.
So, I’m not gonna lie, it took me a couple days to read this. BUT, if I wasn’t employed full-time, a mom to a tot who is fully absorbing the world around him, and (due to this amazing little guy) in desperate need of sleep to function as a member of society, I would have easily devoured this in one sitting. I literally had to pull myself away each night and I could not wait to pick it back up the following night once my son was in bed. With every breadcrumb Alice Feeney fed me I craved more. I just needed to know what was to come next. No joke, having to put this down each night for the aforementioned reasons was the most difficult thing about the novel.
This story is layered and complex in all the right ways. From chapter to chapter pieces of the puzzle begin to fit together nicely. But the twist, boy those twists I did not see coming and I appreciate how Alice skillfully delivered each and every one of them. I felt so many emotions amidst reading this. From heart pounding to breathless, confused to just plain ole dumbfounded. I particular enjoyed that each chapter jumped between events leading up to the incident which ultimately landed Amber in the hospital (THEN), Amber’s subconscious while in a coma (NOW), and the childhood diary entries (BEFORE). The diary pages really offered the reader a look into the character’s psychosis and where these behaviors as an adult stem from. Every character was well thought out and nicely developed. I really really enjoyed being inside Amber’s head. I was still swallowing what I read once I reached the back cover. This is the third book this year to create such emotion in me throughout my reading experience, and long after. Such a clever psychological thriller and as I write this review I am still contemplating and absorbing all I had just read, especially that ending. I’m perplexed, and I do not hate the fact that I am. If anything, I’m so thirsty for more.
PEOPLE ARE NOT MIRRORS—THEY DON’T SEE YOU HOW YOU SEE YOURSELF.
Get this in your cart, check out, read it and also fall in love with an amazing new author’s storytelling. There is a reason I immediately followed Alice on all forms of social media, signed up for her newsletter and added her as one of my new favorite authors on Goodreads. I want to keep up on all things Alice and definitely recommended her debut to the masses! I am a fan, Alice Feeney, and I cannot wait to see what you come up with next with Sometimes I Kill. Now, some of you may have noticed I dropped a little question mark in the ‘series’ category above. Well, that is because, while I’m positive these two novels are related, I’m unsure if they are being considered a series due to the lack of information provided on this. Can anyone confirm? One things for sure, this novel definitely blew me away and it’s ending hinted to the fact that these two books are not completely opposing stories with similar titles. Regardless, count me in for any future works by Alice Feeney. I just hope I don’t have to wait too long before I can get my hands on it.
Many thanks to Alice Feeney and Flatiron Books for an advanced reader’s copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Can you even imagine how it would feel to be in a coma and still be able to hear everything around you?! That alone had me intrigued for this book.
You have Taylor (Amber) and Claire...sisters that seem so close and protective of one another but as you read you find that something is not quite right. You have Amber who is in a coma and is trying to figure out how she got there and can hear everything being said in her room, meanwhile her ex-boyfriend is working in the hospital and has a major chip on his shoulders and can hold a grudge like no other. You have the weird relationship between Claire and Amber's hubs that lead one to believe there is something going on. BUT NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS
This book has got to be one of the best books I have read in quite awhile! Could not put it down and made my children eat cold cereal for the two days it took for me to finish. For me, this story surpasses The Girl On The Train. After Alice Feeney lets us in on another twist or turn, I had to go back and rethink everything I read so I can add that new little surprise. I loved how she threw in a psycho ex-boyfriend as well...it added another element to try and figure out.
If you love books that you can not put down and leave you with you mouth dropped at the end, then this book is for you.
I am so excited and looking forward to Alice Feeney next novel Sometimes I Kill.
It’s Christmas 2016 and Amber Reynolds, 35 and married and who works on a radio show called ‘Coffee Morning’, a show that seems to consist of nothing but mind numbing discussion features (I must find the frequency for it), lays in a coma. She can sleep and wake within her coma and when awake, she can hear everything being said and can even feel and smell but is unable to communicate. From what she hears, she learns that she went through the windscreen of a car she was driving, except she doesn’t drive. She also picks up that there seems to be something going on between her husband and her sister. Then again, is her mind playing tricks on her?
Written through the perspective of Amber, this isn’t so much a book that falls easily into the crime/thriller/mystery genre. Yes there is the mystery of how she found herself in her current position but it’s more of a psychological thriller. The frustration Amber goes through when people say things that she wants to hear more of, and the hindrance of her not being able to convey to people what’s happening inside. We learn about the main characters through a changing timeline that covers the period either side of Christmas and New Year, interspersed with flashbacks from a ‘My Diary’ of the early 90s. There’s even more frustration for Amber when she hears a voice she recognises in her room; a voice that, even in her comatose state, chills her.
From the radio host Diva to the disinterested husband and all those involved in between, I did think the main characters were believable. Working for BBC News, maybe debut novelist Alice Feeney knows some such people. She also has a decent way with words, “My cereal crackled and popped while I watched mum snap”, that allows you to conjure up quite vivid images. What is also conjured up is the inordinate amount of wine those populating this story drink. Is the wine bottle really the first thing women go for whatever the situation and whatever the time?
Taking place in an unnamed part of London (though Oxford Street, Kingston and Bankside are visited), this is an interesting first novel with an equally interesting and different premise that has more than one twist at the end.
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A perfect psychological thriller!