Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Author: Alice Feeney
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Sometimes I Lie starts off with a bang. Amber Reynolds is in a coma. She says her husband doesn't love her anymore. She also admits that sometimes she lies.
That's essentially the plot to the debut novel from Alice Feeney. Amber is in a coma, in the hospital, trying to remember what put here there. As she works through her childhood, a situation at work, her marriage, and her relationship with her sister, she struggles to remember how she got where she is.
She can't move, talk, or open her eyes. She doesn't know if her husband tried to kill her, though her instincts have her believing he may have. She isn't sure who she can trust or how to get out of the coma she's in.
The twists Sometimes I Lie keep you guessing. Amber may be an unreliable narrator. She also may be telling the truth. Just when you think you have it figured out, something else happens to have you questioning yourself.
Most of the story is told through diaries from Amber's childhood, the week before she was hospitalized, and the present day as she struggles to regain consciousness. Each switch in perspective is easy to follow. You'll always know when things are taking place. In the final chapters, you see a bit in future weeks and months.
There is a big twist at the end. I've heard other readers say they didn't get it. I thought it was pretty clear. As long as you're paying attention, the twist should catch your attention and leave you feeling uneasy. Part of me would like to keep the story going to see what happens next.