My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.
Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?
Almost nothing is as it initially appears in BBC News veteran Feeney's bold if overambitious debut, a serpentine tale of betrayal, madness, and murder. Amber Reynolds, a radio show presenter, is lying in a London-area hospital in a coma the day after Christmas, body unresponsive but mind alert, struggling to piece together what happened to her and whether it has anything to do with Paul, her husband (whom the police suspect), or Claire, the younger sister she fears Paul's fallen for. Not to mention the menacing man who sneaks into her hospital room. But as days pass and memories flood back both from the turbulent previous weeks, when she was fighting to keep her job and near-frantic about Paul being unfaithful, and from the particularly fraught year when she was 11 it becomes clear that this is an infinitely more sinister story. Feeney packs the final 60-odd pages with a series of head-spinning and, in some cases, head-scratching plot twists; the overall effect is to leave readers wondering exactly what happened and how much of Amber's account they can believe. Feeney is definitely a writer to watch.
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Way more intense than I expected!
Hard to be happy for terrible people
In the end, spoiler, the ‘winner’ has murdered people, stolen children and ruined others lives. Hard to feel good or very satisfied with that.
Nothing to even compare with Gone Girl. I don’t even know how this got published. There is no attempt to make the story plausible.