Thanks to BookBridgr for my copy of Lie With Me, it sat on my shelf for a while before I got around to reading it, and I now regret not picking it up a lot sooner, because WOW.
What. A. TWIST!
I am blown away by the cruelty of it; the cleverness of it; Sabine Durrant is an excellent storyteller.
It starts with Paul Morris, an immediately unlikeable character who I hated from the very beginning. He’s exactly the type of man I can’t stand; pretentious, selfish and a serial womanizer – you know the sort. A struggling writer, Paul had an instant hit years back during collage, but has failed to produce anything on the same level of success since.
In fact, Paul is so egotistical that he consistently tells his friends that he’s loving life as a lone bachelor with a best-seller in the works, when in actual fact his last ‘girlfriend’ left him for a man closer to her age, and he’s soon to be kicked out of his flat and forced to move back in with his mother (not to mention he hasn’t written anything half-decent in years).
Cue a smug face from me. I remember thinking how pleased I was that his life was so miserable – people like that deserve it, right?
So it just goes to show how brilliant author Sabine Durrant is when I say that by the end of Lie With Me I was rooting for Paul Morris.
Because there is a difference between asshole and evil – and although Paul Morris was selfish, arrogant and unlikeable, he certainly wasn’t evil. But someone else was.
AND I DESPERATELY WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT BUT I ALSO WANT TO MAINTAIN A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW
So instead I’m going to talk move on and talk about what else makes Lie With Me so good, apart from the incredibly clever plot.
Durrant makes reading so easy. We’ve all picked up a classic from the “books you MUST read before you die” list and has to re-read page after page to understand what’s going on (I’m looking at you, A Clockwork Orange), but Lie With Me flowed so naturally, that reading it was effortless. And I like that for two reasons:
- You forget that you’re reading and you fully immerse yourself in the story, making it a much more enjoyable and realistic reading experience.
- It goes to show that authors don’t need to be ‘fancy’ and use overly-complicated narratives to write a great book.
What’s more, Lie With Me is relatable. Everyone tells white lies every so often, sometimes completely unnecessarily. How many of you have claimed to have seen a film that you haven’t? Or, when asked, have said that you visited a particular holiday destination, despite never actually visiting that country? It’s so easy to have a small white lie spiral out of control, and having to keep the pretence up for years and years (oh, I can’t really remember much about Amsterdam now – it was pretty wild…).
In Lie With Me, you see how two instances of lying have disastrously devastating effects. However, one of the characters makes a conscious decision to lie for years about something extremely important. Paul Morris makes silly while lies for no other reason than to make himself look better than he is, and suffers more for it.
There’s a moral there somewhere, right?
Anyway, if you haven’t read Lie With Me yet than I seriously advise you do. If you have read it, please leave a comment and tell me what you thought – I’m dying to discuss!(5 / 5)