“I suppose what I am saying is, how much do we collude in our own destruction? How much of this nightmare is on me? You can hate and rail. You can kick out in protest. You can do foolish and desperate things, but maybe sometimes you just have to hold up a hand and take the blame.”
Now that I’ve read Lie With Me, I’ve realized that there is a way more explicit blurb in another Goodread’s edition. But I had only read this one when I requested the novel for review, so I had absolutely no idea what this was about. I think that just made it even better. Because yes, this is a truly excellent book.
The only thing you need to know about Lie With Me: this is the story about Paul Morris, a 42-year-old man who’s actually not a really good person. He’s our main character and narrator, which was pretty refreshing after reading many psychological thrillers narrated by women. And the novel is set in Greece. Awesome, right?
I was hooked from the beginning, as everything had an eerie atmosphere, like something bad was bound to happen. Paul reminisces about his decisions and all he could’ve done to prevent his tragedy. I thought this was a clever way to keep you intrigued and wanting to know more.
A lot of things did remind me of another highly popular book that I will not mention because of spoilers, but what I’m trying to say is that I think this has the potential to become a big success. After all, it has all the ingredients for it and I also believe it would make an amazing film.
The writing was just great and I had a lot of fun reading this book, which is weird because it wasn’t exactly pleasant. Then again, I tend to like reading stories about awful people and compulsive liars and Paul was just the perfect jerk. Think The Couple Next Door and The Kind Worth Killing and you’ll know what I mean.
At some point along the way, I started to figure out what was going on, but that didn’t prevent me from enjoying this immensely, although perhaps I would have preferred a more explosive outcome. But I loved the ending anyway and I thought it was perfectly fitting.
If you enjoy cleverly plotted books and psychological thrillers that focus on relationships and groups of friends, I think you’ll probably like this one. It has plenty of dialogue, people doing suspicious things and lies being told in every single page. Compulsively addictive and one of those I feel like I could recommend to just anyone.
Hodder & Stoughton, 2016
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.