Book Review: Sometimes I Lie (Alice Feeney) @alicewriterland @Flatironbooks

Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 1.41.20 PM.pngSometimes I Lie, the debut novel by Alice Feeney, was a book that I was virtually bombarded with last year when it was released in the UK. I watched in jealousy as all my book blogger friends abroad devoured this psychological thriller and I patiently waited for the North American release. Now that it is here, I am pleased to report that Sometimes I Lie was worth the wait!

The novel opens with the introduction of Amber who is in a coma and unable to communicate with the world around her. All she knows for sure is that she is, indeed, in a coma, her husband does not love her anymore and that sometimes she lies. From the first pages, I was pretty much hooked. I appreciated Fenney’s slow release of information and I was eagerly awaiting more clues so I could try and figure out the wrongful parties. How did Amber end up in a coma? Was her husband involved? Maybe her sister? Perhaps her co-worker nemesis?   I loved how Feeney kept me on edge and slowly drew me in.

Told mainly through the perspective of Amber, partially in the present as Amber listens to those around her in the hospital and in the past, in the events leading up to the “incident” that put her in a coma, I enjoyed that Feeney was able to keep things fairly chronological and that I didn’t have to do a lot of guesswork to when things happened or read past pages to reorient myself. Her writing style is pretty straightforward and to the point. Aside from a few diary entries from Amber’s youth, I appreciated that it took place all in the present. This was a change from the past few psychological thrillers I have read in which we go further into the past and then shoot back to the present continuously.  I also love myself a good, ol’ unreliable narrator.

I have read a few reviews that claim the story is filled with too many of the classic thriller clichés but I personally did not mind this. Was there a lot going on? Sure. Did it work for me? Absolutely. I liked having a little bit of everything thrown in! And I loved the final twist.

Overall, I was impressed with this debut and I will absolutely read more from this author!!

5/5 stars.

Thanks to Flatiron Books, the author (Alice Feeney) and Netgalley for a copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

Want to see what the rest of #cjsreads felt while reading Sometimes I Lie?  Keep reading to see what Chandra and Jessica thought!

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Blog Tour: Trust Me (Gemma Metcalfe) @gemmakmetcalfe @NeverlandBT

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Welcome to the final stop on the blog tour for Trust Me, by Gemma Metcalfe!  I am thrilled to be closing off the tour with a review!

This debut novel was something that I began reading not really knowing what to expect; what a novel to go in blind to! Fast paced and unputdownable, I was consumed in these pages and became completely invested in this unconventional story.

First, the narrative style of this one was completely original.   It had me on the edge of my seat.   Two people speaking to each other over the phone, one person, a telemarketer, and the other, a man in the midst of completing suicide, in present time, begin to reveal their darkest secrets to each other. As the skeletons in their closet are revealed, told in flashbacks, time begins to run out and the question remains, if you are about to die, do your secrets even matter?   Crazy right?
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Book Review: The Possessions (Sara Flannery Murphy) @sflannerymurphy @harperbooks

Screen Shot 2017-02-06 at 8.57.19 PM.pngEurydice, known as Edie, works for the Elysian Society, a company that allows grieving people to connect with their dead family members and friends. Known as “a body”, Edie wears something to connect her to the deceased, swallows a lotus (a pill to summon their spirits) and becomes a vessel for the dead. She cannot remember what happens when she is possessed.   Edie is successful because she is able to stay detached, but things cross a dangerous line when she finds herself falling in love with one of her clients. A client whose wife died under mysterious circumstances. As Edie falls deeper and deeper, lines blur as her obsession deepens. Who can she trust? Who is the danger? And what can Edie do to save herself when her body is no longer her own….

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