ARC Book Review: Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

Release Date: January 11, 2018
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Format: ebook
Pages:  305 pages
Genre: mystery/thriller
Buy: Kindle 


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.


There is a lot of hype about this book and I'm going to have to be in the minority with this and say it was really difficult to read.  I hated the main character, Paul Morris, pretty much immediately and he never really improved.  The other characters in the book were either shells or just as despicable as the main character.  This book reminded me of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which many people loved but I just couldn't get into.

I find it hard to connect with a book when all the characters aren't likable. The other characters were manipulative, mean and shallow. I didn't care what happened to any of them and I had a hard time wrapping my head around Pauls love interest, Alice, who lost her husband it seems a while ago yet everyone in her circle keeps treating her like he died yesterday.  It just seemed really off.

The last 1/3 of this book gave it a reprieve from a one star rating. There was intrigue, manipulation and some nasty well deserved retribution but it just was a little too late for me. If you liked Gone Girl or books like that you may love this but it wasn't for me.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.