Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant #bookreview #thriller


Title: Lie With Me

Author: Sabine Durrant

Publisher: Mulholland

Publication Date: January 11, 2018

Page Count: 305

My rating: 2 stars

About the book:

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.

Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year

My review:

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant is a thriller that upon first glance sounded like it would be one of those completely compelling reads. However for me it just never grabbed me at all so I seem to be in the minority for this one being one that didn’t really care for it.

We start off with meeting Paul whom I would probably best describe as a freeloading womanizer that is also a compulsive liar. Strike one for me personally since I just didn’t care for him at all right from the beginning but I believe this is one of those books where you are not meant to fall in love with the main character so the author certainly succeeded there.

After getting to know Paul we find that he has a run in with an old “friend” (or someone he doesn’t really remember really). This leads to him attending a get together and meeting a lady friend whom he thinks he’s way too good for but sees anyway. This leads to inviting himself along on a trip with this group he’s lied his way into.

So we have some things happen here and there. We have Paul lying through his teeth at every chance he gets to interact with anyone it seems. And we have myself wondering what in the heck is the point to the book by this point. So we’ll definitely say this is one that is a sloooooowwww burner which most that read my reviews know I usually have very little patience with so that on top of disliking the main character and not finding any other to connect with either really didn’t help my opinion.

But, after all that is said I will say when eventually the entire idea of the book comes to focus to tie up the story at the end I actually kind of enjoyed it. But when it took probably 90%+ to get to that section it was a tad too little too late to raise my rating and to be honest the wrap up felt a little rushed after the slowness of the rest of the story. So this one just wasn’t for me but others have enjoyed it so if a fan of a extremely slow building psychological thriller you may still want to give this one a shot.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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14 replies

    • Thanks! I really was questioning what the heck the story was going to turn out to be about well passed the halfway mark. The description was rather vague other than the “lie” part which he did, over and over and over again. LOL

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    • Thanks! I can sometimes handle not liking the main character but it really seemed like 90% of show what a jerk this guy is without a clue what the point would end up being. Now throw me into a story with say a kidnap victim in danger and an unlikable lead I would stick it out probably on the edge of my seat waiting for it to be resolved.


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