Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Genre: Adult, Mystery & Thrillers
Source: eARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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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?


Sometimes I Lie intrigued me as soon as I read Amber Reynolds's three things. Unreliable narrators always fascinate me, and I was curious to see how Amber's story unraveled...why was she in a coma? And why didn't her husband love her anymore? 

The end result? Sometimes I Lie took me on a wild, twist-laced ride from start to finish. So many times I thought I had figured everything out; however, Alice Feeney always managed to be prove me wrong, and I was so incredibly grateful for that! I love a book that keeps me on my toes. 

Sometimes I Lie is a difficult book to describe. It's one of those mind-twisting thrillers you just need to experience for yourself, but I'll try my best here to describe the reasons why I loved it so much. 

For one, Amber is an incredibly compelling character. It's easy to tell that there's something off about her, that there's more to her story than what she's willing to offer. She's never exactly likable; however, I still became incredibly committed to her story. I wanted her to wake up from her coma. I wanted her to face her demons. I wanted her to fall in love with her husband once again. The quality I liked the most about Amber, however, was her compulsion to lie. It made for an incredibly twisty read, as mentioned above, and it was also interesting to think about why she lied, why she felt that it was so pertinent to surviving.  

Sometimes I Lie is split divided into three time periods- journal entries from childhood, now, and before. I thought Alice did such a fantastic job of interweaving all three timelines. Each blended beautifully together, and I always loved/hated when something in one timeline contradicted something in another one. It consistently made me wonder which timeline was true. The plot in Sometimes I Lie is also incredibly fast paced. I read this book on a plane ride to Florida, and I don't think I've ever had a flight go faster. Nothing could distract me from what was at play here - the coma, the lying, the conniving sister, and the mysterious husband. One aspect I particularly liked about the plot was how Alice utilized relationships to drive things forward. So many events/problems originated from the messed up, codependent relationship between Amber and her sister, and it was juicy to say the least. 

I can't end this review without talking about the ending! Alice Feeney BLEW my mind! The last chapter was so incredibly out there, and I couldn't have loved it more. It wasn't the ending I had anticipated and I had to read it twice just to believe it; however, I don't think there could've been a better option. 

Overall, Sometimes I Lie is a stellar debut! Now that I've read it I can definitely understand why it's receiving so much praise - it's a must read for sure! 

4 stars!! 


  1. I had a lot of fun with this one and am glad you did as well. I had a few what did I just read kind of moments and the ending was rather surprising. Glad you enjoyed this one!

  2. This sounds crazy!! I love a good twist ending, too!

  3. Wow this does look amazing!! I LOVE when the twists are mind-blowing!! Yay! I'll definitely keep an eye out for this book :)

  4. I always a enjoy a good mystery and this one sounds fantastic. Great review Lauren, now I'm curious about the ending.

  5. I really enjoyed this one too, and the ending was freakin’ fantastic! So glad you enjoyed this so much! :)


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