Lie with Me – Sabine Durrant
Oh hello. A nice easy read I thought. Get myself over A Little Life, I thought, with an arm chair/commuter thriller.
And so I did. Lie with Me is a claustrophobic psychological tale of Paul Morris, our protagonist, who is frankly pretty unlikeable. Although I must confess to liking him more and more as the tale went on, probably because you realise as you get into his head that he knows he’s a bit of a loser. You also see the side of him that others don’t. And as he faces up to some self awareness, the others around him seem less and less likeable in any case.
It took me a little while to get going with Lie with Me (even starting another book at the same time, unheard of for me). Paul is narrating, and is pretty self absorbed and vacuous, as well as morally bankrupt. It just plodded along in the first quarter. But once things get going, it’s a totally absorbing tale of people watching, mind games and peeping-between-your-fingers anticipation because all the signs are there that things are going to go horribly wrong but you can’t quite see exactly where the menace is coming from or will end up. How things will reach a crescendo. And then they do. As all the parts piece together, for me it became un-put-down-able until I’d found out how things all concluded.
I’ve toyed with this post all day. I’ve been mulling over the key characters. I wish I knew what happened to all of them after the end of the book. There were quite a few that I’d like to give a piece of my mind to as well.
Ultimately, it’s a well constructed psychological thriller which doesn’t disappoint. But it might make you over think the actions and motives of those around you, for some time to come. (You have been warned)…