Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It starts with a lie. The kind we've all told - to a former acquaintance we can't quite place but still, for some reason, feel the need to impress. The story of our life, embellished for the benefit of the happily married lawyer with the kids and the lovely home.
And the next thing you know, you're having dinner at their house, and accepting an invitation to join them on holiday - swept up in their perfect life, the kind you always dreamed of...
Which turns out to be less than perfect. But by the time you're trapped and sweating in the relentless Greek sun, burning to escape the tension all around you - by the time you start to realise that, however painful the truth might be, it's the lies that cause the real damage...
... well, by then, it could just be too late.
I am finding this book quite difficult to review, I finished it a few days ago and I still feel I have issues with it.
Overall, it is very different. I usually read books narrated by women with them as the main protagonist, our protagonist in this book, however is a man - Paul. Paul isn't very likable, to be honest, I didn't really warm to any of the characters which made it hard for me to get into it.
Paul is an author, he has struggled to have success after writing his first book, he currently shares a flat with a friend but due to his financial situation is looking at moving back home with his mum. He is single and hasn't had much luck with the ladies and especially won't now he is moving back home! He bumps into an old friend from school and suddenly things don't seem as bad as he thought.
From the blurb this seemed just like my type of book, I love a thriller, especially one set abroad for the summer. I was disappointed with this, I found it dreadfully slow, it did pick up during the last 50 pages or so but it took me such a long time to read. I normally finish thrillers in around 2 days, this took me almost a week, it is not a thick book I just lacked interest in it and found it pretty dull in places.
What I really found annoying in this book was that all the characters seemed patronising to each other, this drove me mad! I lost count at the number of times 'poor Paul/Alice etc' was used, this I know is minor but really wound me up.
Like I said I was disappointed in this book, I think it could have been a lot better. I don't think this should be compared to Girl on a Train or Gone Girl, personally I think they are in a different league to this book. Unfortunately I didn't like this,, I thought it was O.K, I don't think I would recommend it as there are so many better thrillers out there. I would rate this 2.5*, rounded up for Goodreads and Amazon.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.