Sometimes I Lie: A Novel by Alice FeeneySometimes I Lie: A Novel by Alice Feeney

Sometimes I Lie: A Novel

byAlice Feeney

Hardcover | March 13, 2018

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"Boldly plotted, tightly knotted-a provocative true-or-false thriller that deepens and darkens to its ink-black finale. Marvelous." -AJ Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

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?

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...
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Title:Sometimes I Lie: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.48 × 6.39 × 0.95 inPublished:March 13, 2018Publisher:Flatiron BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250144841

ISBN - 13:9781250144843

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from So many twists and turns! "Sometimes I lie" is an absorbing read with many twists and turns along the way. Amber and Claire were best friends as children; after Claire's parents' deaths Claire moves into Amber's home and they live their lives as sisters. Their relationship is fraught with secrets and lies, which keep the reader's interest right to the end of the book.
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars This really held my attention, and I was eager to find out what came next, but what a ghastly bunch of characters! I think the author over-egged the pudding by packing in so many twists and turns. By the end I had to re-read certain parts to clear up my confusion.
Date published: 2019-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! This book caught my attention right from the start and in my book (haha) that’s always a good sign. I love it when a book captures my attention right away, I hate it when I have to get through half the book just to get to the good parts. This book was a non stop jaw dropper for me, when I thought I had it all figured out I was beyond surprised and the ending blew me away. I never saw it coming at all! If you’re looking for a new thriller you won’t be disappointed with this one!
Date published: 2018-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok It took me a little while to get into the book; I found it hard to relate to the characters and it wasn't until the very end that it finally brought all the various story lines together. The twist at the end was pretty good. I do think the author tried to add one too many story lines into the book. Overall; I enjoyed the book and think it's worth reading but probably not one I will pick up and read again
Date published: 2018-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite thrillers this year! A woman finds herself at the hospital in a coma, aware but unable to communicate. She doesn't know the series of events that lead her to this moment but she's sure that her husband is somehow involved. The narrative switches from past to present to try and untangle the details of the incident. This was a super fast-paced, intense, engaging, and had a twisty ending that I definitely did not predict.
Date published: 2018-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I had this book done in a little over a day. It was so hard to put down! A fast-paced, suspenseful read. I can't wait for Feeney's next book!
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book full of twists and turns! This book is full of shocking twists and turns and takes you on one heck of a roller coaster ride. Just when you think you have it all figured out you realize that nothing is what it appears. And the cover of this book. Stunning! An unreliable narrator, lies, betrayal, deception, and secrets. What else do you need in a book!? This book follows the main character Amber. It starts with Amber as she wakes up and is unsure where she is. Is she in a hotel room? She quickly comes to realize that she is in a hospital but she has no memory of what happened or how she ended up there. Why can’t she remember? She can hear others talking around her and nurses and doctors checking in on her but she cannot ml once, she cannot speak, and she cannot open her eyes! What is going on? Amber realizes she is in a coma. Everyone around her has no idea she can hear everything said and done around her. She is married. Where is her husband? Surely he should be here with her. Shouldn’t he? Amber cannot shake the eerie feeling that her husband and sister had something to do with her ending up in the hospital. If only she could remember what happened that night that placed her in the hospital. This book alternates between the present with Amber in a paralyzed state, the week leading up to the accident, and a number of childhood diary entries from many years ago. Slowly we uncover the mystery of what happened and get piece by piece to put together. I was hooked on this book from the very beginning. And the title of the book fits so perfectly. I found chapter after chapter I was hooked and wanted to read more and more to uncover what happened. I was unable to put this book down. Several shocks and oh my gosh moments that leave you wanting more. I loved learning about the characters in this book and how you get many glimpses into their past from childhood up to their current adult lives. You get an understanding of their life and events that has shaped them and their personalities into what they are like today. This book was a debut by author Alice Feeney and I am definitely a fan. I will be sure to be on the lookout for more titles by this author. With an ending that will leave you speechless this book is a must add to your collection!
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This is a really easy read, but a great book. Read it for our book club, everyone picked up different things along the way. Great story, keeps you glued the whole way
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ IT. Just read it. Its similar to so many books but way better. An ending that I was told was a huge twist but still didn't see coming, at all. Just read it.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a clever, intricate, well-plotted story that I am still unable to shake. 4.5 Stars! There are three things that I should tell you about this book: 1. It is extremely fast-paced. 2. I was never sure who I believed or who I could trust. 3. I never saw the twist coming. I was in the mood for a psychological thriller, and this one certainly did not disappoint. It pulled me in right from the beginning and held my rapt attention until the final page. It is a clever, intricate, well-plotted story that I am still unable to shake. The book switches between the "Now" after Amber is in the coma, but she can hear everything that is going on around her, to "Then" which leads up to her bedridden state, and “Before” which is entries from her childhood diaries from 1992. I loved the back and forth between these timelines. It not only gave me glimpses into her life and relationships, but it also moved the story along at a lightning-fast speed. Amber doesn’t remember what happened to her. She tries desperately to piece together what had transpired leading up to her injuries. She isn’t sure who she can trust, including her own husband. As Amber begins to unravel the events of her recent days as well as her past, it makes the reader question the validity, accuracy, and truth of Amber’s memories and thoughts. With every new bit of information that was uncovered, I found myself second guessing everything that I had come to believe. Since I’m an avid reader, I like to pride myself at being quite good at figuring out the twists in these types of books, but with every turn of the page, every new discovery, I felt like a bumbling amateur sleuth trying to figure this story out. Nothing makes me happier than when I am completely thrown for a loop during a psychological thriller. I want to gasp, re-read sections, shake my head in utter disbelief, and have my jaw drop to the floor. Alice Feeney made me do all those things. She had me completely fooled – and I loved it!
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK ENOUGH. "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 any more. 3. Sometimes I lie." This is how Sometimes I Lie begins. Right away I had all these questions and my curiosity was set on fire! Amber is established as an unreliable narrator from page one and I was desperately hanging on her every word trying to figure out what happened, but I was also questioning everything, unsure what was truth was what was not. One thing that really stood out was how easy the book was to read. The short sentences forced me to read quickly and built suspense. There were so many twists that even when I thought the book was pleasantly wrapping up, Feeney was all "aww, you thought I was done?" and then BOOM BOOM, there was another twist, and another - all in the last 30 pages!
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Killer twists Okay this was good! I was hesitant to pick this one up, but it is definitely a nail biter and I loved the twists in this book. You know you're missing something while reading this, but I did not guess any of the twists, and there were many in the last 25% of this book. It reminded me a little bit of Claire MacIntosh's I Let You Go, but way better. Sometimes I Lie tells the story of Amber Reynolds. She has been in some kind of accident and "wakes" up in the hospital in a coma. The only problem is, she doesn't actually wake up. She becomes aware of the world around her, but can't move or communicate with anyone. The story then takes us back in time to about a week before the accident, as well as through some of her childhood diaries. Amber can't remember what happened to her in the accident and is slowly trying to piece things together from the snippets of events taking place around her. This is definitely a book that is best to go into blind. I don't think I even read the synopsis - all I knew about this book was that it featured a woman in a coma. Like I said, I thought the twists were brilliant, my only complaint was that I got a little bit bored with the coma stuff because it seemed to drag on a bit too much for me. I was fascinated with Amber's job on morning coffee though and was super interested in what was happening in that timeline. This is going to have to be a short review because I don't want to give any more of the story away. This is getting fantastic reviews and they are correct. It's not a 5 stars for me, but I did really enjoy it and I was totally impressed with the last quarter of this book. Great debut!
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not all its cracked up to be I was really disappointed in this book. I found myself reading it just to get through it which is never a good sign. I had no connection to any of the characters and I found the plot twist to be lame and somewhat confusing
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A REMARKABLE psychological thriller! I have to say - sometimes I really love reading a book after the initial hype around it dies down. This was one of those books for me - I had heard mostly good things about it and I worked hard to stay away from spoilers. SO glad I did because THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. I love myself a unique premise for a psychological thriller, and this book offers that in spades. Amber wakes up in a hospital - except she is in a coma and cannot remember what happened to her, only that she thinks maybe her husband was involved. Moving between present day, the week before her accident and the past, this is an un-put-downable rollercoaster ride. I LOVED this book - I loved the twists and turns coming left and right, the fact that you really felt you couldn't trust ANYONE in this story, and the constant state of suspense it kept you in. I'm really not going to offer anything more than that for this book, because every reader deserves to get into this one blind, spoiler free and ready for anything. It's a worthwhile roller coaster ride. TRIGGER WARNING - This book does feature very graphic sexual assault/rape, and if that is a sensitive topic for you, please tread carefully.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sometimes I Lie There were a lot of twists in this book and it was entertaining, however, the end seems a bit confusing to me. Overall, a good read.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining, and a quick read I often found I didn't want to put the book down, the chapters are short and that makes it for an easy read even if I just had time for a few pages. I would definitely recommend it, there were plenty of things I didn't expect and I found it weaved itself together quite well.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting When a book is so highly praised for its twists, my expectations are pretty high. The main twist 2/3 of the way through really got me, but the problem was that I was also alerted to a big twist at the end. So I read the rest of the book questioning everything and everyone, running through different scenarios and trying to figure out what might be coming since the twist at the end was supposed to be even bigger... and I was let down. I learned my lesson... with books like this the less you know, the better.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER This is the best psychological thriller I have ever read and the only one I decided to read a second time immediately after finishing so that I could look for the clues I missed the first time around. This author is a genius who weaves a story that will all make sense in the end but really plays with your mind. I can't wait for her next book!
Date published: 2018-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Real page turner Just finished this book. Quick read. Great twist. Was left a little disappointed though, felt like a hallmark mystery made for TV movie
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing There were many twists in this plot. It was a good read.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real or Unreal? Wow, what a dark & deliciously twisted page turner where no is whom they appear to be plus so much more. Mental illness & PTSD are ongoing themes throughout this brilliant debut thriller. Can't wait for Alice Feeney's follow up novel, Sometimes I Kill.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible novel that will keep you reading I finished Sometimes I Lie and wanted to re-read it to enjoy it again. It is that good. A tale full of twists. Well-written with little over writing.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from L Super love this book, so so writing though. Oh well
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner It was an amazing book. I read it all in one night. I just couldn't put it down! Strongly recommend. Just when you think you have figured it out, the plot turns.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! A great read! It is so intriguing and really kept me thinking. Love it when a book can take me for a ride with so many twists! Really well written and highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-03-15

Editorial Reviews

2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist: Best Mystery & ThrillerIndie Next Pick for March and November 2018LibraryReads March 2018LitHub: The Most Anticipated Crime, Mystery, and Thriller Titles of 2018USA Today: 5 New Books Not to MissBustle: The 13 New Thrillers Goodreads Users Are Most Excited About This SpringEntertainment Weekly: 10 Best New Thrillers"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"The twists pile up.visceral and haunting." -Oprah.com"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"This brilliant psychological thriller kept me guessing until the very last page." -Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive and The Favorite Sister"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"The ending is jaw-dropping." -AARP's The Girlfriend"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