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Saturday, January 13, 2018

REVIEW: Lie with Me by Sabine Durrant @mulhollandbooks @sabinedurrant

Lie with Me
by Sabine Durrant

Publisher:  Mulholland Books
Publishing: January 11, 2018
Pages: 305
Genres:  Mystery, Suspense, Fiction, Crime
Kindle Edition

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 realize 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.
My Review:
We've all been there, right?  One small lie .. a pebble if you will, that rolls down and collects larger lies, eventually turning into a boulder that eventually runs you over.  
Poor Paul - runs into someone from his past, tells a small lie.... then gets invited to dinner.  And there it all begins.  He's a deplorable character - lies all the time, lives off of people, womanizes and doesn't care who he hurts.  A selfish bastard if you will.  Then he meets Alice and of course, in true Paul manner, uses her at first..  after all, he's going to need a new place to live soon.  But then he starts feeling this weird thing in his chest... could he actually be caring about this woman?
I'm so torn with this book!  The character build of Paul is outstanding.  The author really gets you to dislike him as a person... and yet somehow you end up feeling for him.  As a matter of fact, there's not one character in this book that you want to like.  The build up is slow, the pacing is moderate and the setting is mainly in Greece.  I admit, I struggled a little bit with the first half of this book.... I was tired of being in Paul's head and learning about how selfish and manipulative he could be.  Then we get into the last parts and all of the sudden I'm wracking my brain... looking for the clues that were delightfully hidden throughout that led to the finale.  Brilliantly done and I'm glad I didn't give up on the book.
Recommended for those who like that slow build leading to a somewhat unexpected ending rather than the action packed scenes.  This is one you should pay attention to because the ending makes perfect sense with everything leading up to it.  

Thank you to Mulholland Books and NetGalley for this copy in return for my honest opinion!

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