QUICK TAKE: psychological thriller, fast read, binge-read, debut novel, major twist, atmospheric
Published: Flatiron Books- March 13, 2018
“It can be dangerous to ask a question when you already know the answer.”Alice Feeney, SOMETIMES I LIE
If you’re looking to get sucked right into a twisty, incredibly dark, domestic and psychological thriller that you can absolutely read in one weekend, look no further. SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney, her debut novel, did not disappoint me after all the praise I had seen for it in the book review world. I picked this one up after seeing all the rave reviews, and it has easily become one of my favorite psychological thrillers. I dove into this book blindly, which I feel is the best way to start your wild ride.
Feeney pulled off a writing style that I don’t think I’ve encountered before; SOMETIMES I LIE is fast paced, while also building up a slow, intense burn. The book fades in and out between past and present, and the present moment tends to be just as hazy at the past. Our narrator takes us through day by day in a coma, recounting events that lead to her current situation, while also reaching through the fog of her new reality to try and figure out what is next. Without giving too much away, we encounter an array of characters- ones you’ll root for, ones you’ll hate, and ones you aren’t quite able to figure out. The setting is dark and atmospheric, uncomfortable yet inviting, and created some strong visuals for me.
SOMETIMES I LIE was packed with suspense, interesting and unreliable characters, nail-biting moments, and some major twists that I did not see coming. I was cheering people on, racking my brain for answers and what-ifs, and on the edge of my seat. This is an incredible debut novel for Feeney, and she has become an auto-buy author for me! I’m looking forward to diving into the rest of her work. SSDGM, and read on!
SOMETIMES I LIE is available now!