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
“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