Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney, 3 1/2 Stars

Today it snowed. I know it snows sometimes in April in the midwest. But I’ve always thought of these types of weather events this far into spring as freak weather. Except this is not the first time it has snowed this week, nor will it be the last. It’s supposed to snow on Monday. As my four-year old would say, “Siriouzzly?”

But I won’t complain too much. My main nemesis is hot, sticky, humid weather. So I will reserve my whining and moaning for October when it’s 100 degrees.

At least snow in April gives me a chance to stay inside and curl up with a book!

From the Publisher:

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 Review:

I really had mixed feelings about this one. The book flips around a lot. It’s told from the point of view of a troubled 10-year-old, Amber–a woman who is paralyzed and thought to be in a coma, but hearing and seeing everything going on around her, and that same woman in the week leading up to whatever landed her in her predicament.

On one hand, I enjoyed that the book was like unraveling a sweater slowly, one line at a time. With each turn of the page, something new about Amber’s back story was revealed or a new detail emerged in the present. On the other hand, I found some of the details to be overly confusing or unnecessary.

I’m committed to a no-spoiler blog, but I even found one plot line in particular, while central to the story, seemed a little far-fetched and superfluous when looked at in the whole arch of the story.

Maybe it’s just me? It does have a nice “twist” that many will not see coming and it kept me reading. I think after about the first two-thirds, I was much more frantic to get to the end of the book to find out what would happen.

Amber is an unreliable narrator to say the very least. And that part was fun. Because at the end I had to wonder what was really going on. And I’m still not entirely sure. One thing is for sure, this book is extremely though provoking and would make a great book club read.

I’d love to hear from others who have read it. What did you think?

I’ve found conflicting pub dates for this one. I think it was published overseas in 2017, but was just released in March here in the states.

Get your copy:

Indiebound

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