Mystery/Thriller

Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

A psychological thriller about a woman stuck in a coma who suspects her husband put her in this state.


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I’ve heard such good things about this book and I’m so glad to finally be reading it! Here are my thoughts:

Sometimes I Lie book cover

Sometimes I Lie

by Alice Feeney

Published February 23, 2017 by HQ
ISBN: 1250144841

Data from Goodreads

Summary (Goodreads):
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

It took me a while to get through this book, but I quite enjoyed it! However, I don’t think it necessarily lived up to all of the hype. Trigger warning: (Click to reveal spoiler) graphic depiction of rape.

The Pros: What worked for me

  • I thought the author had an interesting writing format, with the use of 3 different voices and one being in the format of a diary entry. It helped to generate a lot of intrigue.
  • I liked the way the author started to incorporate the twists, as it brought a dark undertone to the story and gave me that incentive to continue on. 

The Cons: What I didn’t like

  • The story struggled to get going in the beginning so it really was effort for me to push through
  • the reason why this novel didn’t blow me away, considering all of the twists that were in the story, is that I had figured out quite a few of them. It’s not nearly as much fun to read a thriller when it pans out pretty much like you had imagined it would.
  • I did wish that the writing style conveyed a bit more tension to bring the full effect of the thriller to the forefront. The story was a bit underwhelming in its tone. 

Overall, I liked this thriller. I thought it had a good amount of twists and turns and was quite different from other books in this genre. However, it didn’t blow me away. For those reasons, I’m giving it a solid 3/5 stars.

Happy reading ~

0 thoughts on “Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

  1. Good review. From what you’ve written, I think I’ll skip this one for now. I love thrillers but then I generally tend to figure out the twists way ahead.

    1. Yeah, if you are good at figuring out twists, I’m sure you will figure out about 80% of it by 100 pages! It’s worth reading but it definitely didn’t knock my socks off.

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