“Some people appear happy on the outside and you only know they’re broken inside if you listen as well as look.”
Genre: Psychological Thriller.
Number of Pages: 387.
We know three things about Amber. She is in a coma, her husband doesn’t love her, and sometimes she lies. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I had a hard time coming up with a numerical rating of this book, so pay more attention to my review than my rating. The first half of this book dragged on. I didn’t feel connected to the main character because everything was very vague and filtered out through language, so the character felt far away. There was also a lot of set-up. I realize now that those things were intentional, but it still made it hard to keep going. I didn’t give up because the title told me that the main character would be lying, so I was waiting for the twist.
Well, I got a twist. Several of them, in fact. There were so many twists that it felt overdone. After the first twist, I was excited and finally felt interested in the story. It redefined everything I thought was happening. And then there was another twist, and another twist. Then by the ending, I was so confused about what actually happened.
I like when I’m blown away by twists and when I feel the need reread a book to catch the things I missed. With this story, I think it would be beneficial to reread it, but I just don’t have to desire to. Mainly because the dream/hallucination sequences and scenes when she was in a coma; they were too purple prose for me.
I think the point of psychological thrillers is that they get into your head so you question everything. This book did that, so I should have gotten everything out of it I could want. But I still feel unresolved. The ending leaves it open for a sequel (see this post to understand why I hate sequels and series). I am rating this book as a four because it was a different take on the unreliable narrator. I will probably recommend this book to everyone because I want to be able to talk to people about what happened! I will definitely be thinking about this one for a while. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“I’ve been returned to my factory settings as a human being, rather than a human doing.”
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*