Book Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

So the past few weeks I’ve had a craving to read something similar to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  I think Amy Dunne’s character, despicable as she is, is absolutely brilliant.  Maybe you read the book and found her intolerable, but there’s no doubt that anyone who did read it was left feeling some type of way about Amy.  To me, that’s the hallmark of a great character.

I stumbled across Sometimes I Lie at the B&N book sale.  I’d seen it around during release time, but didn’t know much about it.  I wasn’t sure Amber Reynolds was the Amy Dunne character I was hoping for, but I am so glad I took a chance on it.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Rating:  ★★★★

Here’s the hook:

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.

Okay so there’s more to that blurb, but when I was looking at the cover at the store I read that much before I put it in my basket.  I love everything about the premise.  From the beginning, you already know you’re dealing with an unreliable narrator, but is she telling little white lies?  Or is she telling a whopper?

The book starts simply but sinister enough.  Amber is in a hospital bed.  She can hear the nurses talking, but she is unable to respond.  She’s trapped in her own body.  She was in a car accident, and she can’t remember what happened.  It’s Christmas, her husband is MIA, and no one has reported her missing.  

The setup of Amber being aware but unable to respond created a genius opportunity for the author to tease the reader with snippets of conversation from the people in the hospital room, nurses talking about her condition, her husband talking to her sister, people talking about Amber without realizing she can hear them…  but then someone will administer medicine, or Amber will fade out, and you never catch the rest of the conversation.  The opportunity was not wasted, although I guess one could argue that the timing of Amber drifting in and out of an aware state makes the suspense feel a little forced. (I didn’t personally feel that way- but I could see it feeling that way to others.)

There are three different timelines to follow, the present timeline in the hospital, the past timeline leading up to the accident, and the distant past from Amber’s childhood.  All along the way little suspenseful incidents keep happening, a stranger visits Amber’s room at night, Amber’s boss threatens to fire her, etc.  Amber does have a few deliciously wicked Amy Dunne moments (and I reveled in every single one of them), but once the twists start coming, it feels like every other chapter reveals another piece of the puzzle.

Each chapter takes you one step closer to the answer, while also feeling like it’s taking you one step farther away.  There is absolutely nothing about this book that you will see coming.  I wasn’t even able to guess.  The whole book was just one big, wtf is going on here? kind of moment.

I read this all in one night. I could literally not put it down.  The only thing keeping this from being a full five star read- is that the full picture does feel pretty far fetched.. but it’s so much fun it hardly matters.  If you like dark thrillers- definitely check out Sometimes I Lie!  I’ll be on the lookout for other work from this author in the future.

Sometimes I Lie can be found on GoodReads and Amazon.

17 thoughts on “Book Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

  1. When i saw you post this book a couple days ago, I thought this sounded really cool. I thought that the entire story could be a lie, just based on the title alone and the idea. The idea that the narrator is telling you she lies is a very interesting tactic that I’ve never heard of before

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    • I didn’t want to say much about the plot aside from what you learn in the blurb or the opening chapter- but the book delivers on the promise of lies anyway!

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  2. I loved Gone Girl and I have yet to read anything quite like it. I can definitely see myself loving this! The idea of the story filtering through a woman in a hospital bed is fascinating. I need to track down a copy of this😁

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    • Yes you do!! I will say aside from the shocking twists the story really isn’t like Gone Girl at all… but I think fans of Gone Girl would appreciate this one. (This fan did anyway!)

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  3. I don’t normally do thrillers, but this one sounds interesting enough to pick up. Is it the suspense kind of thriller, or the icky kind? I don’t like reading gory stuff, so that would be one thing to keep me away from this book if it’s that kind of thriller.

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    • It is definitely dark and there is violence, but I wouldn’t describe it as gory, and I’m trying to think offhand of any gory moments, and I’m coming up short. There might be one scene where Amber is recalling the car accident and has some blood/broken bones but I think that might be the extent of it? I will also mention a content warning for rape (one scene off screen, one on screen).

      Otherwise it is driven on by suspense. I hope that helps! If it sounds like something you might enjoy I hope you’ll let me know how you like it!

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      • Thanks, that does sound like it might fit the (admittedly narrow) window I have of thrillers I’ll enjoy which don’t really get too thriller/horror for my liking. I’ll have to check it out!

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      • Oh good! Glad to help. I did check out reviews of her next book- and that one seems to have low ratings and lots of content warnings and may fall in the realm of gory. A few reviewers said they didn’t like that one at all even though they loved this book so hopefully it does fit what you like!

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  4. Oh I love this title. Every time I see it I think “I should read that” lol. But I haven’t seen any reviews til now. This sounds like something I’d definitely like. and this quote “There is absolutely nothing about this book that you will see coming” – I LOVE books like that. Great review, definitely adding this one!

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