This review is written with thanks to HQ and Netgalley for my copy of Sometimes I Lie.
The cover shown in the image on the left holds the first few sentences of the book - "My name is Amber. Three things you should know. I'm in a coma. My husband doesn't love me anymore. Sometimes I lie." Which of these statements are truthful and what do we really know about the characters in this book?
It is difficult to give a clearer synopsis whilst keeping this review spoiler free, as at the outset of Sometimes I Lie, it is clear that what we are reading might not be the truth, and it is our task as readers to separate the truth from the lies. This made Amber's character compelling and I wanted to find out more about her. Is she really in a coma? Is her marriage really an unhappy one? What other lies has she told and what impact would these have upon her story?However, the unreliability of the narration prevented me from sympathising with Amber in a way I might have done were I convinced she were telling the truth.
Sometimes I Lie is told over different time frames: Now, which covers late December and early January; Then, which covers the run up to Christmas in the same year, and a series of diary entries from 1992. This helps Feeney to build tension, as it describes how Amber came to be in her current position, as the two time frames meet each other and the reader begins to build a picture of what has happened. The diaries allow the reader to gain insight into the characters in the novel, and I found this strand of the novel particularly interesting, as they provide Feeney with the opportunity to incorporate her plot twist. If you've read my reviews before you'll know that I love a twist, and I had high hopes for this one. However, whilst the twist was innovative, and not one I guessed, I felt that there were too many elements to it, which left me feeling confused. I had to back track on occasion to check that I had interpreted the novel correctly.
Overall, I was drawn in by Feeney's writing style and I felt that the plot had the potential to be translated to an unputdownable book. However, at times, this potential was not realised and I finished Sometimes I Lie feeling slightly disappointed and wanting more.
Sometimes I Lie is published on 23rd March and is available from Amazon.