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    Twists and turns galore

    I really enjoyed this book. I am actually a little surprised by how much I ended up liking it. I decided to read this book because I was intrigued by the description. It was that same description that had me worried that this book may not work for me. I love the idea of unreliable narrators but I have had mixed luck with them. Let me just say that this book worked very well for me on all levels. I read almost the whole book in a single day and could seem to stop turning pages. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try. 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.
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    The ultimate unreliable narrator

    By now, anyone who reads has seen the blurb. . . 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. . . . and the description: 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? This is one of those books that is so compelling you want to stop everyone you meet and tell them about it. But you can't, because this story is so complex and has so many twists and turns that everything you say will be gibberish unless you explain it all - and that would spoil it. This is the ultimate unreliable narrator, and the Liar's Paradox: If I say, 'I always tell lies', am I telling the truth? Amber's life just seems sad. She's thirty-five years old, married but doesn't think her husband loves her, struggles on the job, appears to have obsessive-compulsive disorder, takes medication. There's a fairly large cast of characters - husband Paul, Mum & Dad, sister Claire, Nana, friend Jo, friend Taylor and Taylor's parents, co-worker Madeline, ex-boyfriend Edward - and three time periods - Now in the coma, Then just before the accident, and Before through a child's diary entries - and even with all those people and through all that time, she never seems to be quite happy or loved or successful. She says at one point, "I am liquid mercury trapped inside a maze. No matter what I do, I can't seem to flow in the right direction." and that kind of describes what we know of her whole life. But what do we really know of Amber's life except what we see through her eyes? When she says, "I play the caring wife he needs me to be . . . . There is no time for me to practice my lines so I'm forced to improvise. It's not an award-winning performance, but enough to satisfy the audience of one," or "I always get the impression that she (her husband Paul's mother) sees straight through me and doesn't like the view," a little of our sympathy for Amber ebbs away. But then she says, "Funny how something so small can do so much damage and still look the same," and has nightmares about a little girl in a pink dressing gown we are a bit apprehensive for Amber. And when she says, "I can convince myself for a few seconds that I'm at the hairdresser's, that life has been restored to my version of normal." it feels like we have come full circle back to the sometime-liar - MY version of normal. I read a lot of thrillers and mysteries and like to look for clues, and often solve the mystery before the end of the book. But I was surprised so many times I think I lost count. I would think oh, so that's it, and then wow, so that's it, but then it was no, it's THAT? Over and over, right up until the very end. Sometimes I Lie is dark, disturbing, relentless and just plain scary. One of the quotes on the book jacket says you'll be guessing until the very end, and you will. And you still won't have figured it out and will likely have to go back and re-read that last chapter to be sure you got it right. Once you pick this book up you won't be able to put it down, and you'll love it. Thanks to Flatiron Books for giving me an ARC of this compelling and thoroughly enjoyable book.

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