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?
Continuing with my September birthday gift reads is the psychological thriller, Sometimes I Lie. Yeah, most DEFINITELY out of my normal wheelhouse.
Normally when I write the review I do it within a day or so of finishing the book because I want it to be fresh in my mind so I don’t miss any details. For the particular book, I needed exactly the opposite. I needed time to think and process and pull my brain back together because more than once it exploded in a total “WTF just happened” kind of way.
So when we meet Amber she is in a coma because of a car accident that we quickly learn is NOT an accident. The question being who was driving because it was never in doubt that it was NOT Amber. The first suspect is her husband Paul. Suspect to the level that my man is taken into custody by the police.
Sometimes I Lie is written in a way that I looooooove and somewhat employ in some of my own works. It’s written in multiple timelines. First we see Amber as she is currently in the coma, unable to move or speak, but completely cognizant of everything going on around her. We also get to see the weeks leading up to her accident as well as childhood diaries.
I am being much more brief in this review than I’d like to be because I adored this book, but you all deserve to read it spoiler free. There was a bit of a slow start, but it was engaging and captivating… and the second half completely flipped the script on the first half. Everything you thought you knew was proven to be so, so wrong. A new threat you never knew existed is brought to light and the “good guys” might not be so good and the “bad guys”… well you’ve gotta read this book. Seriously if I say much more I will most definitely spill some really important beans.
However, if any of y’all do grab this book pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease email me, message me, send a damned carrier pigeon if you must but PLEASE FANGIRL WITH ME OVER THIS BOOK WHEN YOU’RE DONE!
Slightly spoilery, in a necessary way though, is a very serious content warning. Sometimes I Lie contains rape that occurs while the person is drugged more than once, pregnancy loss, infertility, and adultery. So please read with caution.
If you’re able to handle all of that, though, I STRONGLY encourage you to grab this book ASAP.
Where to find Sometimes I Lie