My rating: 3 of 5 stars
What to say about Sometimes I Lie?
Honestly, I had a hard time with this book. And not because it lacked intrigue or because the writing wasn’t fantastic. The hardest part of this book for me was keeping all of the various story lines straight. I am generally a fan of thrillers that have parallel story lines across different time periods, but the pieces of this story were all over the place. I had no idea how any of them related to one another or where the story was going. And listening to it as an audiobook was particularly difficult when trying to keep everything straight (probably because I’m more of a visual learner).
That being said, everything did come together in the end and made a lot more sense eventually. But the one word I would use to describe this book is: convoluted.
The story line that shines through the most is that of Amber, a woman who finds herself in a hospital bed trapped in a coma but still aware of her surroundings. She can’t move. She can’t speak. And most importantly, she can’t remember how she ended up there. The other story lines eventually give the reader background on the scenario that led up to Amber’s coma.
Frankly, for the majority of this book I had no idea what was going on. Which can be a good thing. And there were some good twists and surprises along the way. But, when I got done reading the book, I had to Google “Sometimes I Lie ending” because I wasn’t quite sure I understood the end. And I found that a lot of other people had similar questions and confusion. That being said, I think Alice Feeney did this on purpose to leave the end up to interpretation, but it did not make it any more palatable.
This would be a fantastic book for a book club because it is sure to have tons of discussion, and everybody may interpret things differently. Would highly recommend to a group looking for something a little controversial and conversation-starting.