Fiction. Thriller. HTML: "Despite the challengesā??an unreliable narrator, an intricate plot, a shifting timeline, and myriad charactersā??Stephanie Racine gives a flawless narration of this audiobook...This intense thriller is made even better by her performance." ā?? AudioFile Magazine From renowned journalist Alice Feeney comes a riveting new audiobook, Sometimes I Lie. 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 audiobook asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth? More praise for Sometimes I Lie: "With tension comparable to 'Gone Girl' and 'The Girl on the Train,' plus the imaginative Now-Then-Before construction, Feeney unfolds just enough in each chapter to keep you page-turning for more, and her character development is excellent." ā?? NJ.
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On one hand I finished this book in less than 24 hours, which would indicate it had my attention and had me wanting to know what was going on. Some of the twists I thought were really good and satisfying.
On the other hand I finished the
I have spoken to my friends who have read this book and folks in the Litsy community and not one person understands the ending. I don't think that's what should be going on here. I'm sort of blown away by this book but in a bad way...a confused way.
I feel meh about this book, but I don't know if I would discourage someone from reading it. Some people don't mind the ending and that actually made them like the book more, but for me it made me dislike the book when I was really liking it. If you do read this, please talk to me about it!!! I'd love to hear your thoughts on it! :)
1. The characters are virtually all unlikeable.
2. The "plot" has as many switchbacks as a mountain road.
3. The main character tells many lies.
I did end up knowing what happened by the end of the book, but often wondered why I was still
While the reviews are positive overall, this type of story is right in my honeypot, and I had this on hold through my library since it was released and was anticipating getting sucked into it. Too bad it didn't play out that way.
What's good: the 123 teaser on the first page.
What's not so good: everything else.
Three observations without spoilers:
1) Apparently there's a hornet's nest of psychopaths operating independently out there - there are at least 3 if not more represented in this book alone. That's not psychological suspense, that's zero probability.
2) There's a sexual assault on a person who is in a highly vulnerable state. It's completely gratuitous. In fact, the entire subplot/character is just like a big WTH because it's all so bizarre and unnecessary.
3) The ending is supposed to rock your world. It didn't rock mine. Not because it wasn't a twist but because - by that time - I was hoping for a nihilist natural disaster that would wipe out all the characters, because there wasn't a single one I cared anything about. Or, at least for my memory to be wiped.
Needless to say, I don't recommend this one.
This book has been on my TBR pile for a while. I kept looking at it and telling myself I needed to read that next. Somehow, it was always forgotten and I started on another one. That is until one day earlier this year. Apparently, my sub conscience was trying to tell me something.
I did, however, like the fact that the book was written from the coma patient's point of view. I think the author did a great job with that part.
Apparently, I am in the minority with my thoughts on the book, so it may just be me. I was glad to see that there were others who felt the same way though.
Thanks to Flatiron Books for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
The Television rights have been bought by Legendary Entertainment. Can't wait to see the tv movie because I still have questions.
WOW! Kudos to Alice Feeney , Author of "Sometimes I Lie", for the riveting, captivating, intense Psychological Thriller. The timeline of the story deals with mostly the present and the past, and leaves one wondering about the future. Alice Feeney
Amber Reynolds is in a coma in a hospital and tells you three things from the get-go.
"1.I'm in a coma". 2. My husband doesn't love me anymore. 3. Sometimes I lie."
The author goes to the past, and brings in diaries of younger lives, and as we are in the present, we are with Amber as she hears the voices around her, not being able to do anything. How did she get here? Who's was she with? Why did this happen?
As the story progresses, so does the intensity. All of the characters seem to have secrets, and seem to be suspect. There are many twists and turns, and what you think, is questionable. From the beginning to the end, there is tremendous anxiety and tension.
Of course, at the end, I will just say, I said "OMG!!!!!" I would highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy a face paced exciting, thrilling, psychological mystery that is hauntingly very engrossing. I received this Advanced Reading ARC for my honest review.
Tricky tricky little thing the author did there. Reminded me a bit of I Let You Go especially when I had to rethink everything I had read.
I have no idea what to make of the ending and after reading questions posted regarding the book, I see I'm not alone. Did I miss something there?
Either way, I really liked the book. I will not attempt to review this because I don't want to ruin anything for anyone else. Go in blind, like I did, it was worth it but sometimes I lie....
If you haven't read it, DON'T read my spoiler....
[If they are trying to lead me to believe that Edward is still alive, then how did he get the bracelet? Claire gave the bracelet to Amber and then took it back when she left so how would he have ended up with it?]
The story leaps from one time frame to another: first of all back to events one week earlier, then back to present time, then to 1991 when Amber began to write a diary. In 1991 Amber was almost ten, and beginning at a new school. Her Nana has recently died, and her parents argue a lot. A month later at school Amber is sitting next to Taylor who is exactly the same age as her, and they become friends.
The story flits from one time frame to another, and gradually a picture builds of Amber's life over the last 25 years, and then she begins to remember the most recent events that have resulted in her being in a coma.
This became one of those books that I really wanted to race through. I thought initially that a single voice was telling the story, but now I am not so sure. It is one of those books that could probably do with a second reading.
For those thinking of using the book with a reading group there are some searching questions at end for discussion.
The chapters alternate with Amber, now in a coma, but able to think but not move or reach out, with chapters from before, detailing what happened, and journal entries of a young girl. Creepy too, since Amber is my eldest daughters name. Does anyone remember the bad seed? For the longest time couldn't quite figure out what the journal had to do with anything, but as with most everything else in this novel, the author reveals exactly when the author wants to reveal. Unlikable characters? You bet! Didn't matter though, was too caught up in the story.
It was nice to read a thriller where I cold just go with the flow, just follow along. Not that I had much choice since I could never quite figure out what was going on. Well, some things were obvious and as they appeared but the ending, in my estimation very, very well done. With a cliffhanger to boot.
ARC from Netgalley.
Amber is married, she has a sister with whom she she has a stormy relationship, and sometimes she lies. She climbs out of a coma only to find herself in a hospital, unable to move, or speak, or communicate. What happened? As she listens to those who talk around her, and explores her own memory, she begins to believe that her condition was no accident. Someone tried to kill her. Her husband? Her sister? Her ex?
The story alternates between her present situation, the week (Christmas week) before her injury, and her childhood. As the time shifts and the characters evolve, the reader will need to pay agnation, keep up, and try to sort through who is who, what is what, and who is lying.
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1. She is in a coma
2. Her husband doesnāt love her anymore
3. Sometimes she lies
I would add three more things that you ought to know before you embark on her story:
1. She is a narcissist
2. She has no sense of humour
3. She could whine for England
The book unfolds in three narrative strands. One is Amberās present, itās Boxing Day and she is in a coma. Though not, alas, enough of one to stop the whining. The second thread starts about a week before that and teases out the events that led up to the coma. The third is extracts from childhood diaries that, presumably, provide some insight into a corresponding adultās life. This multiple timeline structure has become a common approach to storytelling but to be as fair as I can ā given I wanted to pull the plugs of every machine keeping fictional Amber alive ā Feeney handles the complexity as well as anyone. The writing is not the problem here.
The problem is that when a book uses an admittedly unreliable first-person perspective that central person has to engage me. Amber didnāt. She is self-absorbed and takes everything so bloody seriously I wanted to carry out physical harm. If you canāt find a little bit of self-deprecating humour in the life you are sharing with others then you should at least be fabulously windswept and interesting. Amber is not. Amber is full of angst at the petty injustices of her world. Amber is a colossal bore whose potential demise I cared nothing about, except to hope for it to become a reality sooner rather than later.
As far as suspense goes it is almost the half-way point of the book before anything approaching drama starts to build (the coma itself doesnāt count as it is announced on the bookās front cover). Thatās quite a lot of boring details of an uninteresting life to wade through before anything vaguely interesting arrives. Things do pick up after this. There are the requisite twists and lots of ārevealsā but for me it was too little, too late. The book is another in that category where an interesting or quirky premise is not backed up with nearly enough depth. A book needs to be much more than its blurb.
Amberās life slowly starts to come back to her as the novel alternates between the past week of her life, her present condition, and a series of childhood diary entries. As each day brings Amber closer to the day of the incident her suspicions for those closest to her begin to rise. Who can she truly trust? Who and what is at the root of the accident that has left her in a coma? Is anyone telling the truth?
Alice Feeney just wowed the pants of me with SOMETIMES I LIE! I could not put this book down. Amberās character is absolutely captivating from page one. She is the ultimate unreliable narrator. I was never sure if I could trust a word of what I was reading. The past unfolds in such a methodical way that the reader is constantly kept at the edge of their seat and desperately needing to know more. The diary entries are another source of brilliance that draws the reader even deeper in to what makes Amber tick. I was so confident I knew what was happening. Wrong. And then Alice told me I was wrong again and again and again! This book is everything I want from a psychological thriller: equal parts mystery, intrigue, and downright what the heck just happened!
Thank you so much to Flatiron books for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is Amber's story. Amber is in a coma and can hear what is going on around her but can't respond. I was immediately drawn into the story because I felt like I needed to know how Amber ended up in that coma. I wouldn't really say that I liked Amber or any of the other characters in the story but I didn't dislike them either. I had no idea who to trust at any point in the story.
The dual timelines in this book worked well. Piece by piece, we learn the details of what events led up to her hospitalization as well as everything happening around her while she is in the coma. I was really equally interesting in both timelines and thought that the story switched from then to now at just the right moments to keep the story moving forward.
This book was full of twists and turns. It is really best to go into this book as blindly as possible which I was thankfully able to do. As I read the book I quickly discovered that everything that I thought I knew about the story was completely wrong. I was taken by surprise many times over the course of the story and sometimes had to take a short break just to process what I had just learned. I quickly began to expect the unexpected and I still found that I was shocked by some of the twists along the way.
I would recommend this book to others. I loved how this book kept me guessing until the very end. I am really impressed with Alice Feeney's style of writing and hope to read more of her work in the future.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Flatiron Press via NetGalley.
"Lies can seem true when told often enough."
Alice Feeney, Sometimes I Lie
Sometimes I Lie was a fast-paced roller coaster ride! This is not a book you want to read at a lax pace. I read it in one sitting and was at times soooo confused and yes, I have a ton of
A huge thanks to Flatiron Books for graciously sending me an arc of this sneaky, twisty thriller! (Send me more, please!) :-)
The book starts with Amber Reynolds waking up in a hospital unable to move or even open her eyes. As the reader, we journey with Amber as she struggles to remember
I love novels like this, where the reader is just as lost as the protagonist, figuring out the puzzle along with her. In some novels the other perspectives give the reader a leg up on the protagonist, but not in this case. In this case, we are exactly where Amber is in our level of cluelessness. The childhood diaries appear to give background, but it is unclear to the reader how it fits into the big picture until - BAM! - one sentence about 3/4 of the way into the book shows you exactly how it fits in. Holy moly. It's as if at the start of the book a train is approaching slowly, gaining just a little bit of ground as it gets closer, and it picks up speed as the book moves along, and when that one sentence comes, the train all of a sudden smashes into you when you had no idea it had gotten that close to you. I froze after reading that sentence and flipped back to skim sections I'd already read because I couldn't believe it. I can't say more without spoiling the book.
It's not a spoiler to say that the book has quite a twist (a couple of twists, actually) at the end. I am confident that no reader will be able to anticipate the ending. It was so diabolically good.
It's been a long time since I've been so gobsmacked by a book. Well played, Ms. Feeney. I very much look forward to reading your next novel.
By Alice Feeney
The story begins with Amber in the hospital - in a coma. Can't move, speak, or open her eyes. But she can hear everything around her, but no one realizes it...
The story alternates between her paralyzed state ("Now"), a week before
I loved all the twists, but the final twists left me speechless. It brings full circle the lifeline of a lie...
....a lie told enough times may become someone elses truth......
...is something really a lie, if you believe it is the truth....
Fantastic story, perfect pace....Highly Recommended!