I haven’t done a book review in what seems like a very long time. While I’m at university I find it hard to actually commit to a book because I’m constantly having to read other things to write essays or concentrating on writing my own work. But now that I’ve finished university for the summer, I’ve finally gotten back into reading again!
The first book I read to break my reading drought was 11.22.63 by one of my favourite authors Stephen King. Although this book was very good and something I’d definitely recommend, I felt more compelled to review the book I devoured in one sitting,
Lie With Me.
Written by Sabine Durrant, Lie With Me is an addictive psychological thriller, perfect for anyone who enjoyed Gone Girl, The Girl on The Train or any of the other fantastic thrillers that have been recently dominating the market.
When it comes to books I favor those written in 1st person narrative. For me the narrative is stronger when told this way and having a direct line to the main character can be incredibly effective and immersive.
1st person narrative is of course perfect for thrillers for this very reason. And Durrant indeed uses the first person narrative brilliantly for Lie With Me.
The main character, Paul Morris, is not exactly the most likeable character. But because we are given insight into his deepest thoughts, and of course because we are told the story through him, he somehow manages to be slightly sympathetic and at least not entirely awful throughout. Essentially he is a believable character; he has flaws and a few questionable character traits, but overall is not really an inherently evil or bad person.
We follow Paul Morris and the rekindling of his old friendships with Andrew and his wife Tina, and Alice and subsequently, her children. Paul tries desperately throughout the book to keep up the masquerade he has created for himself; that he is successful, rich, liked, when really, this couldn’t be further from the truth for Paul.
Lie With Me subtly captures the claustrophobic pressure and false pretense of friendship apparent in upper class social circles and those who have attended prestigious private schools. Paul is desperately clinging on to a life that is no longer his, and is embarrassed to let the people around him know the truth. Rather than accepting and attempting to come to terms with the new life he must lead, Paul tries his hardest to cling on to the shreds of what was left of it. Lying his way through the upcoming months, to the point where he may even begin to believe some of them himself.
Lie With Me captures what most people enjoy most about reading thrillers, the sense of impending doom. Sometimes, perhaps in books that aren’t particularly well written or perhaps have just been done before, you can guess well before the end what is about to happen. But a good thriller will keep you guessing, give you small little details to help to piece together what you think might be the twist…but finally, they will pull the rug from underneath you.
For me that’s exactly what Lie With Me did. I had ideas to what was really going on, ideas to which characters were not really as they seem, but Durrant ensured that there were always many options to what these little details could eventually lead us to. Many of the characters seem sly and suspicious, and the lies that Paul tells throughout begin to catch up with him. A few scenarios played out in my head and I had thought I had figured it out on more than one occasion. But the ending of the book was actually a surprise to me. Yes I had figured out some of it, which I think was the point, but overall we were fooled by the characters and the turn of events just as Paul had been. That to me is definitely the sign of good writing. And definitely the sign of a good thriller.
Lie With Me was a book perfect for devouring. It was fast paced, unsettling, interesting and had well written characters. There is no better satisfaction for me than finishing a book after being unable to put it down and thinking, ‘damn. What the hell am I supposed to do now?’
PsychoCinderella’s Rating 4/5 ❤
Have you read any of Sabine Durrants books? What has been your best psychological thriller of the year? Let me know in the comments!