Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney. Have you ever wondered if people in a coma could really hear you if you are talking to them? Funny thing is I always imagine them being a tiny figure living in their own head while trying to get up or not wanting to get up. You know, when someone is getting enough of their life, they might not want to be conscious at all and rather be dead and live in another world.
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney takes you on another whole new level; living as a coma girl.
Sometimes I Lie Synopsis
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?
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney Review
This book has a really serious twist that makes me go oh-what-the-mother-fish-is-actually-happening! I always love a psychological thriller but Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney is quite different from any books I have ever read. It leaves me in shock and disbelief that I have to reread the few last pages cause I thought I was reading it wrong. But nahh. Its absolute fucked up.
Amber Reynolds wakes up in the hospital and appears coma to everyone else. She can’t move but she can hear everyone in the room without them knowing. Taken into the mind of a paralyzed girl, the story jumps between the Now; where Amber is trying to figure out what happens to her, Then; leading to current event and a series of Childhood Diaries from a decade ago.
Upon reading this book, I have to go through every page carefully to avoid missing the clues. It’s like you are reading while trying to solve a puzzle at the same time. If you missed out something, then you have to go back. The author is clever enough to create such suspicious characters because their personality is written in depths and motives that makes you questioning everyone.
I was wondering why would the author include the series from Amber’s childhood diaries in the book. It must have something to do with her. Basically you can guess there’s something wrong with it but trust me, you will never get it right. Just like how Alice Feeney creates doubt over her characters, the same goes to every events mentioned in the book.
I really love how intense this book is! It’s not that kind of intense that makes you go crazy, but it’s the kind of intense that makes you hate everyone and pull the question back to Amber; like what the fuck has you done before you got into a coma, biatch?
Her husband, her sister, her ex-boyfriend and her family play such a big role in this book. The theme appears in the story as per my own perception revolves around fear, hatred, broken family, self-sabotage, human obsession and feeling protection that has gone wrong.
Bad parenting often leads to unhealthy child development which disturbs their personality as they grew up. You might see they grow up just fine but you won’t know what kind of scars they keep in their heart. When it comes to dating, take times to know someone before having a relationship with them or pay attention to people who behave oddly (narcissist red flag). This has surely seen as a small matter but the aftermath could destroy life.
Overall, I really enjoy this book and the author really did a great job on making the reader feels dumfounded and wanting to vomit after finishing the book. I highly recommend this book for those who love psychological thriller.
Rating : ★★★★
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