Unveiling the Secrets: "Sometimes I Lie"

By Rakib Sarwar Written by Rakib Sarwar
Updated on September 12, 2023

There’s a book called “Sometimes I Lie” that’s been gaining a lot of popularity recently. In the book, the narrator, Amber, tells three different versions of her own life story – one where she is cancer-free, one where her older sister died instead of her, and one where she is paralyzed – to try and figure out which one is true.

It’s an interesting idea for a book and makes you think about the truthfulness of our memories. What if we’re not telling the truth even to ourselves? Is it really possible to know what’s true?

In “Sometimes I Lie,” we are taken on a journey through the mind of Amber Reynolds. As her family, friends, and doctors try to piece together what happened in the days leading up to her accident, they all must come to terms with the fact that sometimes people – even those closest to us – withhold the truth. The ending of the book is somewhat open-ended. We don’t get to know whether Claire is actually real or just another figment of Amber’s imagination.

However, many readers have speculated that Claire may be a representation of Amber’s own conscience. Many described the story as beautifully written and engaging, often comparing it to the works by Gillian Flynn and Ruth Ware. 

What is “Sometimes I Lie” All About?

The book tells the story of a woman named Amber who suffers from a rare medical condition that makes her prone to seizures and blackouts. She’s been in and out of hospitals for most of her life, and her condition is slowly deteriorating. One day, she wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there.

Amber knows she’s in an induced coma but when she finds out that she was in a car accident, following an argument with her husband, Phillip, she still doesn’t know the whereabouts of her husband or daughter, Evie. She suffered a broken arm and several other injuries but no external wounds that would indicate what happened to them.

After the police inform her of what happened, she decides to start writing a memoir for her unborn baby in hopes that when she wakes up, Evie will have a record of what happened. In the hospital, she has conversations with her doctor, Ben, and her mom in which they all try to figure out what happened. She also talks to her sister, Claire, and a boy who stayed at their house named Finn.

Amber begins to piece together what has happened to her by piecing together her memories from before the incident. She remembers that she was working on a project with her sister Claire and that she was close to finishing it. As she recovers more of her memories, she realizes that something is not right with her sister.

Claire is the central mystery of the story, and Amber spends the majority of the book trying to figure out what happened to her. Ultimately, the author leaves the questions unanswered.

What Happened at the End of “Sometimes I Lie”?

The answer is somewhat open-ended. Some readers believe that Claire is just a figment of Amber’s imagination while others believe that she may be a representation of Amber’s conscience. It’s unclear whether Claire is actually real or not.

However, the story does leave readers with the idea that sometimes people – even those closest to us – don’t always tell the truth. This is especially challenging in the case of Amber and her family, who are trying to piece together what happened in the days leading up to her accident.

Is Claire Real in “Sometimes I Lie”?

The author leaves the above question about Clare’s character unanswered. Some readers believe Claire to be a real person, while others think that she is a fictional character. Ultimately, it is up to the reader to decide.

We see Claire as a central character in the book, with her narrative interwoven with the protagonist’s story. She appears to be real to some extent, given her backstory and several dialogues. However, nobody can confirm whether or not she is a real person.

Who is Jo in “Sometimes I Lie”?

Jo is Amber’s best friend and roommate. She is a nurse, and she is the one who found Amber in the hospital after her accident. She is one of the few people who knows about Amber’s condition, and she helps to take care of her while she is recovering.

Summing up

“Sometimes I Lie” is a haunting and suspenseful novel that will keep you guessing until the very end. Feeney’s debut is a page-turner that is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year. Fans of psychological thrillers will surely love the book. If you’re looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, “Sometimes I Lie” should be at the top of your reading list.