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Published by HarperCollins, 23 March 2017.
name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me.
I'm in a coma
My husband doesn't love me anymore
Sometimes I lie
At the beginning you know where you
are with this novel: Amber, the protagonist and narrator is lying in a hospital
bed in a coma. She doesn't know what has happened to her. She is an unreliable
And that is the only time you do know
where you are with this novel..... how deliciously it is plotted and how it
twists and turns... Amber's memory is sketchy and unreliable to say the least,
and she is unsure what it was that put her in hospital in the first place. Her
sister Claire and husband Paul regularly visit her, but can she trust what
either of them say to each other or to her? She does know it is important to
get to the truth about what has happened to her.
The book has a before, where we are
told of the events leading up to the incident that left Amber in hospital, a
now, where we are told the story from Amber-in-a-coma point of view, and a long
time ago section, told through Amber's childhood diaries.
Sometimes I Lie is gripping and very
clever in its construction and misdirection - more than once I had to go back
and check I hadn't missed anything. The writing is excellent, lean, with not a
word wasted. All the characters around a vulnerable Amber are dysfunctional and
believable and I was suspicious of every one of them at some point. It's a book
about people who don't trust one another, it's a book about how our childhood
can affect our adulthood – nature versus nurture if you like – but above all,
it's a book about lies - the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we tell each
A fabulously fresh take on the
psychological thriller genre.
is a writer and journalist. She spent 16 years at the BBC, where she worked as
a Reporter, News Editor, Arts and Entertainment Producer and One O’clock News
Producer. Alice is a Faber Academy graduate from the class of 2016. She has
lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where
she lives with her husband and dog. Sometimes
I Lie is her debut thriller and is being published around the world in 2017.
Mary-Jane Riley wrote her first story on her newly acquired blue
Petite typewriter. She was eight. It was about a gang of children who had
adventures on mysterious islands, but she soon realised Enid Blyton had
cornered that particular market. So she wrote about the Wild West instead. When
she grew up she had to earn a living, and became a BBC radio talk show
presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories, but also
some of the darkest events of the past two decades. Then, in true journalistic
style, she decided not to let the facts get in the way of a good story and got
creative. She wrote for women's magazines and small presses. She formed
WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help charities get their message across
using their life stories. Now she is writing psychological suspense, drawing on
her experiences in journalism. The Bad
Things by Mary-Jane Riley was published by Harper Collins/Killer Reads. Her
second book, After She Fell, also
published by Killer Reads in April 2016.To read the review of Killer reads click here http://promotingcrime.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/after-she-fell-by-mary-jane-riley.html