Lie With Me (Sabine Durrant)

26546406“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

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves to listen to old songs and watch 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

23 thoughts on “Lie With Me (Sabine Durrant)

    1. Haha Yes, because it was all super suspicious and I never trust anyone 😂 I mean I didn’t know the exact reason why, but I knew. I don’t know, I’ve read many thrillers haha The only one lately that I didn’t expect was in Between you and me! 😱

      Haven’t read The teacher, I’ll check it out! I’ll read your review now!! 😘😘

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  1. So I’m okay to go ahead – that was just a minor thing?! It’s so easy to be enthusiastic when talking about a book with someone else who’s read it! I liked the sound of Between You And Me – and I’ve been meaning to read The Teacher for ages…Cleo’s one of my go-to bloggers for recommendations from when I started blogging, but I keep finding great new-to-me blogs, like this one….I think I’ll start Lie With Me!

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    1. Now I don’t know! Haha! Maybe read Between You And Me first and then this one! If you’re able to guess that ending, I’ll admire you so much! hahaha 😀

      Thank you for passing by and I’m sorry if you read something you shouldn’t.

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  2. I’m going to read it anyway – Cleo’s one of my go-to bloggers for recommendations from when I started blogging, but I keep finding great new-to-me blogs like yours! I must read The Teacher, and Between You And Me too – great tips, thanks!

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  3. Then again, I tend to like reading stories about awful people and compulsive liars and Paul was just the perfect jerk….. lol this is perfect and so me 🙂 This sounds quite interesting. I will look for it. Great review!

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  4. I should read this just because there’s a male narrator. I tend to read so many books with female narrators that I forget they exist too, haha! Loved your review. You made the story sound so interesting that I have to add it to my list!

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  5. My favorite narrator to hate? Humber Humbert, of course, and you just HAVE to experience Lolita in audio book format. Jeremy Irons is an AMAZING voice, and he brings nasty old Humbert Humbert to life… and almost makes you sympathize with him.

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  6. Ooh, how intriguing! I always find it so tricky to review books with big spoilers. It’s like: this book is awesome, but I can’t tell you why. I think you did a great job here! I enjoy thrillers with morally questionable protagonists. It often makes it more fun somehow. Also, love your new theme!

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