Book review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney


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?

My rating: ⭐⭐

“Even good people get tired of trying to mend what can’t be fixed.”
The thing is, there is nothing to mend in Sometimes I lie. Everyone is fucked up. Big time. And there’s nothing good about it.

I didn’t get along with this book from the start; something felt off but I couldn’t put my finger on it, until I’ve reached 70% of the story and realized: there’s nothing and no one to root for. Every single person in this book is revolting. Except for the doggy, the only creature worth worrying about!

You know that feeling when you try to step into another person’s shoes and just can’t. MC was disgusting, her sister was disgusting, her ex was disgusting, her boss was disgusting, her parents were disgusting, her husband – a little bit less – but still disgusting. On top of that, the book was so boring I felt myself in a coma as well as the heroine. Ugh!

On the plus side, if you are into twist-upon-twist stuff, you’ll probably be happy to know: Sometimes I lie has plenty of that. And I mean the-good-quality-twists type, the ones you probably never saw coming. But here I am going to contradict myself. Ask yourself a question: are those twisty twists that breathtaking and mind-blowing when you actually don’t give a fuck about anyone in the book? Well, nope, they are not.

And so we are back to the beginning: the story would be more promising and compelling if not for the very slow and boring 70% of the book. And by the time the pace picks up, you are so far from been invested in the story – on top of that -you hate every character there is (the dog aside!) that you just don’t really care to gasp and feel shocked by all those revelations.

And could anyone explain to me what the fuck with that ending?!!

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