Title: Sometimes I Lie
Author: Alice Feeney
Bookstore: Was given to by a friend
Publisher: Flatiron Books
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?
This book had every twist that you would expect in a thriller, but so much that at one point I had to go back and re-read in the case I missed something. Amber is in a coma after a serious accident. As she is in the coma, she can hear everything that is going around her but cannot say anything or move. She has an overprotective sister, a husband that is only interested in his writing and a job that does not appreciate her. In the book, it goes between her childhood, to the past and current. You learn about her relationship with her sister and parents and how a certain situation changed her entire life.
The beginning of the book was great, I like where it was going and the little twists it had until it got to the middle and then the end. By the end, I was over the twists and turns — there was so much that my head was spinning and the story was losing its point. Feeny goes between diary writing format and dialogue. In the diary format, you read about the childhood of Amber and how her life came to be into adulthood… or so you think.
This is a psychological thriller; Sarah, her sister is overprotective and does not let Amber live her life. She has to make every decision for Amber and is always outshining her. It makes you wonder what is her hidden agenda. In the book, Amber does not have much confidence in herself, she battles with her self-esteem which makes her think that her husband, Paul, is cheating and does not care for her.
As I mentioned, there is so many twists and questions by the end of the book. I question both Sarah and Amber’s psyche. Are they both crazy? Most likely. This was surely a page-turner without a doubt. I kept turning the pages as I was trying to figure out the next lie. The ending was a little surprising for me, but the book was overwhelming as a whole.