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Wow!  This book has the unreliable narrator to end all unreliable narrators - a woman in a coma who is dreaming? remembering? reconstructing? the past as she delivers it.

The story alternates between an 11 year old girl's diary, which recounts an unhappy and unstable childhood, and the voice of grown-up Amber, who lies comatose in the hospital, narrating her chilling adult tale.  

Reading this novel was like peering into a kaleidoscope - at first you see a downward spiral of dysfunction, but just as your eyes adjust to that trajectory, along comes a twist from an entirely other direction and your whole perspective changes.

Feeny takes us on this dizzying ride right up to the very last page in a thriller that is a marvel of misdirection and a masterwork of plotting.

There could be no better title for this book than Sometimes I Lie.

— Jill

March 2018 Indie Next List

“I feel messed up after finishing this, which is what I look for in a thriller. The twists and turns are dizzying, leading to an ending you won't see coming. Amber is recovering from a car crash, and since she's not quite out of her coma, we get to see flashbacks of her life and the events that brought her to where she is today. Everything - her radio job, her writer husband, and her perfect sister, Claire - is not what it seems. But then, neither is Amber. A perfect thriller to discuss and deconstruct with your book club!”
— Kate Towery, The Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA



"Boldly plotted, tightly knotted--a provocative true-or-false thriller that deepens and darkens to its ink-black finale. Marvelous." --AJ Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

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?

About the Author

Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist. She has spent fifteen years with BBC News where she worked as a reporter, news editor, arts and entertainment producer, and One O'Clock news producer. Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog. Sometimes I Lie is her debut.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781432861254
ISBN-10: 1432861255
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2019
Pages: 460
Language: English