Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Paul Morris is a 42-year-old who wrote a single successful novel in his early twenties, and hasn’t done much since.  Following a chance encounter with an old acquaintance, Andrew, he accepts a dinner invitation, where he meets Alice.  Alice is not his usual type, by approximately 20 years or so, but he sees an opportunity to take advantage of her, and so begins to insinuate himself into her life.

Following a brief period of getting to know each other, he manages to wheedle out an invitation to holiday with her and Andrew and their respective families in their holiday home in Greece.  But the tension on the holiday is almost unbearable.  In order to impress, Paul has told a series of lies that are growing out of hand, and it’s not long before the cracks start to appear…

For a psychological thriller, I found the male protagonist to be a refreshing change, despite the fact that he’s deeply unpleasant, and I thought that Durrant did an excellent job of fleshing out his character.  He is conceited, self-absorbed, lecherous, manipulative – all sorts of negative adjectives spring to mind when I think back on his character.  He tries to make himself appear charming, but it’s a thin veneer, and it doesn’t take long for his true colours to show.  That said, I found him to be a surprisingly honest narrator.  He is completely open with the reader about his thoughts, feelings and intentions, however bad they are.  Again, I found this to be a refreshing change.

I thought that Lie With Me was excellently plotted, and I thought I knew where it was heading, but I was wrong.  The denouement was clever, and brilliantly tied up all the plot threads in the novel.  It is perhaps a little slow paced in parts, although it soon picked up!

If you like psychological thrillers, then you’re likely to enjoy this, and I expect that it’ll be a big hit following its publication in July.  It’s perfect holiday reading material, particularly if you’re heading to Greece!

Lie With Me will be published on 28 July in the UK by Mulholland Books.  Many thanks to Veronique Norton, the publisher and Bookbridgr for the ARC.

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