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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
“Alice Feeney’s twisty psychological thriller, Sometimes I Lie, her debut novel, slides neatly into the company of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train. With its various plot twists, it’s a dizzying, disturbing read that becomes hard to put down once Amber tells us, ‘I’m back now and I remember everything.’” ―The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“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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Quite a spellbinding read from start to finish! We are not sure how Amber ended up in the hospital in this coma , but she does admit that sometimes she lies. This was like a puzzle and I was trying to put the pieces together, but couldn't entirely trust all the pieces. Very cleverly written and I loved hearing what Amber was thinking while in this coma sizing up everyone in the room and giving us her insight. Four stars because I felt there was almost too much going on. I'm not sure how to explain it, but with all the lies I think I wanted a more defined plot line.
The narrative switches from Now (in coma) to Then (before the coma). I loved trying to figure out what the lies were and who to trust. It is super twisty and just when you think you have it figured out another twist flies your way! A fast read for me because I needed to find out what was going on.
The ending was my favorite part because it leaves you questioning yourself and if you perhaps missed anything. I have a theory, but I guess I'll have to wait until the next book!
The narrator is in a coma, but she can hear what is happening and what is going on is nothing short of terrifying. She is not sure what her responsibility is in how she got to the hospital and what harm she might have caused.
Set aside some serious time to read because once you start this, I promise you will not be able to put this book down. For sure you will be creeped out, but that creep factor is what will keep you wanting for more.
Feeney’s debut work is surely just the beginning of many more wicked tales to come.
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 Thoughts: Sometimes I Lie: A Novel grabbed me from the beginning, as the narrator takes us from the current moments, in which she is hospitalized and in a coma, to a week before. In between these narratives, we read diary entries from the early 1990s.
I thought I knew who was writing in those diaries, but the truth was not revealed until almost the end.
Even the identity of our primary narrator was turned upside down, and as we approached the conclusion, some things started clearing up in my mind. Suddenly I felt completely gobsmacked, as I flipped from one reality to another. Throughout, I couldn’t decide just who to trust…and I wondered if I could trust any of the characters.
By the end, I kept holding my breath, waiting for the final reveal that would clarify everything. But the waters remained muddy enough, and even on the final page, I had to keep asking myself “what just happened?” A story that kept me pondering its twists and turns. 5 stars.
The story is told from the line of view of Amber who is in a coma. How that coma came about is one of the questions answered. The story advances by current time "NOW" and memories "THEN" asking with diary entries. As well as Amber hearing conversations in her hospital bed between her husband and her sister Claire.
The book keeps you guessing until the end who is really the evil one.
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I was overwhelmed with the entire writing. "Sometimes I lie" perfectly the story! I didn't know what TO believe!!!Read more
I liked this book. It started out quiet but as I read, it steam rolled me into a page turning read.Read more
There are three things I felt while reading Sometimes I Lie...
1. Claustrophobia. Because…comas.Read more