Feeney is a writer and journalist who spent sixteen years working at the BBC. “Sometimes I Lie” might be her first thriller but you can tell from the quality of the writing that it’s not her first rodeo.
The book opens with a startling declaration:
“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”
Right from the beginning you are prepared to be misdirected and led astray but somehow the very fact that you are aware of the potential of lies and deception makes it even harder to accept the truth at the end of the book. This is a real psychological thriller in a similar vein to Behind Closed Doors or The Girl on The Train.
It is Christmas and Amber has woken up in the hospital. Except that she hasn’t really woken up. Her mind is conscious and confused but her body is in a coma. She is aware of everything going on around her and can hear everything but cannot react in any way. You have to pay attention when you are reading as the timelines swap about all over the place with some chapters in the form of diary entries from when she was about eleven, others are set in the weeks running up to Christmas explaining the events that have led here and the rest are set in the hospital room where Amber is unable to communicate with the people around her.
You soon realise that Amber is confused and that she has no real recollection of what happened to her. As the parts of the puzzle start to fit together and the truth begins to emerge you’ll find yourself checking the back door is locked three times and still looking nervously over your shoulder.
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UK Publication Date: Mar 23 2017. 384 pages.