Lie With Me: the gripping bestseller and suspense read of the year

Lie With Me: the gripping bestseller and suspense read of the year

by Sabine Durrant

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ISBN-13: 9781473682108
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 01/11/2018
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 46,772
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Sabine Durrant is the author of three psychological thrillers, Under Your Skin, Remember Me This Way and Lie With Me, a Richard & Judy Bookclub selection and Sunday Times paperback bestseller. Her previous novels are Having It and Eating It and The Great Indoors, and two books for teenage girls, Cross Your Heart, Connie Pickles and Ooh La La! Connie Pickles. She is a former features editor of the Guardian and a former literary editor at the Sunday Times, and her writing has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines. She lives in south London with her partner and their three children.

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Lie With Me: the gripping bestseller and suspense read of the year 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. Paul Morris is a one-hit-wonder writer. He’s been coasting ever since his first (and only) flush of fame/success. Mostly Paul is in the company of younger women which suits him well. But now, running short of money and about to be turfed out of his subsidised/free accommodation, an older woman such as vulnerable, comfortably-off widow Alice, who comes on to him after a South London dinner party, might do very well for his next relationship.! And that’s how this novel begins. Also, she owns a villa in Greece, and Summer is fast approaching. To ingratiate into her successful, middle-class social set Paul passes himself off as more successful than he is. He starts with one lie, then invents a bigger one to cover the first, and so on. Somehow you know from the very start the wheels on this are going to fall off for Paul at any minute, but also there’s the whole book to come. This is a terrific story and the characters so well drawn it runs like silk from the start. It’s been brilliantly plotted and the surprises continue until the last page. If you’ve ever been caught up in a group holiday where you feel the odd one out you will instantly relate to the social interplay of this story. The theme I assumed is honesty – because you find yourself almost shouting out, “Don’t tell that lie, don’t go there. Nooooooo.”. But the twist at the end will make you feel you’ve been completely manipulated from the very start. Clever stuff.
toReadistoEscape 11 months ago
This book was extremely slow moving for the first three-fourths of the book. It was a dreary look at a very boring dating life of Paul and Alice. I am not sure I would have finished it if I hadn’t committed to doing a review. This defiantly wasn’t a romantic love story. There was no intrigue or redeeming factor I could find to keep me reading other than the guilt of a task left undone. The story was told from Paul’s perspective. Paul is not the most likable character. In my opinion, the story might have been more interesting from the beginning if alternating opinions were given by Alice and Andrew in addition to Pauls view. I didn’t find any of the characters likable or well developed. I didn’t feel I knew Andrew or Alice well throughout the book. The last quarter of the book picked up. I was glad I stuck with it until the end. I just wish the first half could have been as exciting. They could have shortened the begging and left the clues necessary for the ending to work. The last portion could be compared to “Gone Girl”. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. If this review was helpful to you please click the link below.
CherylandMattD More than 1 year ago
I used to be able to tell halfway through a book what was going to happen. Lately I've read a few books where that isn't happening. I 'think" I know what is going to happen but then at the end, I'm completely surprised. That's how it was with this book. Paul Morris wrote a minor best seller 20 years ago. Since then, he hasn't been able to write anything good enough to sell. That doesn't stop him from being egotistical and going after almost any woman he sees. He's about to lose the house he lives in rent free in return for house sitting and cat sitting while the owner is out of the country. While in a bookstore, he meets up with an old friend (Andrew) that he hasn't seen since college. At first he doesn't remember much about her but then he mentions his sister and Paul remembers going out with her a few times. Andrew invites Paul to dinner with him and his family at their house. At Andrew's house, Paul meets several of Andrew's friends including Alice. Paul decides to set his sights on Alice. As their relationship blooms, he tells her more and more lies. He gets invited on their trip to Greece. He doesn't realize it but he actually saw Andrew and met Alice in Greece before. While at the house at Alice owns which is about to be torn down, Paul begins to tell one lie after another. When a girl is raped, it starts a chain of events that causes Paul to be arrested. You think you know who the "bad guys" are but you don't know until the end who is really to blame! **I received this book in exchange for my honest review**
CCinME More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite by this author. The writing was good but the characters and the plot unrealistic. Not so much suspense as a deep dive into Greece's seedier side.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Boy, can this guy Paul tell a lie. Problem is he tells so many that people are confused. I think he even confuses himself trying to just keep up with all his lies. Oh and shocker!!, he's a real loser. HA!! He's had one book published and hasn't really done anything since except for keeping up with his lies. He lies to his friends, his mother, and even strangers. Why? Even if it's just a little one. Anyways, while reading this I totally thought "his friends" who took him to Pyros were just as shady as him. However, in a more deadly way. And when I got to the end . . . This book was cray, cray!! I could see where it was going, but I didn't care. I was totally in for the ride!!! Ready and willing! And, I'm glad I took this journey. Very well done!!! Thanks to Hodder and Stoughton, Mulholland Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Rhonda-Runner1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I think we have all know someone like Paul Morris, a conceited, self-centered, moocher, sponger male who thinks he is "God's gift to women." He is the one who is always "short of cash" when it is time to pick up the tab. He is the one who is always there to eat and drink at everyone's expense. Paul meets Alice, a lawyer, and he decides that since he has lost his house sitting job and has to move back with his mother, he is going to move in with her. He is invited to go to Greece with her and a group of people that she knows, including Andrew another lawyer, who Paul knows remotely. Things really happen in Greece with lots of twists and a surprise ending.
thicks More than 1 year ago
Things are not always as they seem and this book is one of those things. The author weaves a beautifully written tale of about a man who thinks highly of himself and has had a life lead on the backs of others. Uncaring, pompous, self-imposed, just prime for them. He was all they knew and needed them to be. He was perfect. Loved the story and how the author played this so well. There is never a hint, never a reason to doubt. The characters are well played and everything they need to be. He is his own worst enemy and so are they. Lies and smoke screens. What’s the truth what’s the lie? I haven’t read this author before, I do love her style.
sandrabrazier More than 1 year ago
Our narrator, Paul Morris is used to lying, mostly about little things. Mostly about everything. He uses the lies to make himself look more impressive: richer, more loyal, more loving, more successful. But when he starts truly trying to become more authentic, even a bit nicer, then, his lies, no matter how insignificant, come back to haunt him. This is an amazing psychological thriller. I gave this novel five stars, in spite of the fact that parts of the building up of the plot dragged. However, the rest was impossible to put down. The characters were realistically crafted, and I enjoyed watching the plot unfold through Paul’s deceitful, conceited eyes. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive! - Walter Scott. A great quote that sums up a not so great story. Paul, the main character and narrator of this tale, has to be one of the most unlikable characters that I've ever come across. He's arrogant, womanizing, lazy, manipulative, and deceitful. I came to the conclusion pretty quickly that we aren't actually supposed to like Paul, and that's okay, but there needs to be something that pulls a reader in and gives them a reason to want to know what happens to a character like that. Not only was that key element missing, but I didn't find a single character in this book to be remotely likable. The story crawls along at a snail's pace until the very end. Then, we get a big twist and an almost conclusion. Sadly, I couldn't find it in me by that point to care one way or another what might happen to our hapless narrator. The subtitle on this one claims " the gripping bestseller and suspense read of the year," which rather suits the general theme of this tale. In fact, the only thing that kept me reading was my own OCD-like penchant for being unable to leave a book unfinished.
CLynnT More than 1 year ago
Sabine Durrant has brought to life the man that we all have met and try to avoid. Paul Morris is a womanizer, self-centered, lazy, more proud of himself than he has a right to be, and worst of all, a habitual liar. Nothing he says is the honest truth. In the midst of conversations, he embellishes minor points just for the sake of one-upping. Especially when talking with other men. Paul runs into an old “friend” of his at the bookstore, Andrew, who ends up introducing him to Alice. Paul is immediately smitten by Alice. Not so much by her beauty or personality but by the chance she may have an empty room in the near future and he hopes to manipulate things and live off of her. He’s successful in enticing Alice to invite him on the family vacation in Greece. They’ll be returning to a villa they’ve leased for years. This will be the last holiday there; it’s being demolished for a new development. The others in the trip sound almost as unsocial as Paul, with the exception of Tina, Andrew’s wife. She’s a sweet lady who seems oblivious to the constant companionship of her husband with Alice. Paul notices, though, and thus starts a number of bad decisions on his part. Paul has lied about his past, his current state of affairs, and how he got to Greece. He digs deeper and deeper holes for himself at each turn. As you’re reading, he reviews his choices. One is logical, one is not so wise, and the third is completely ludicrous. He always picks #3. The holiday continues as miserably as one would expect, but things begin to go wrong and of course, Paul continues to pick the absolute worst reaction to each dilemma. These decisions begin to stack up against him with terrible repercussions. All along he thought he was the player, but it appears he’s being played. And it’s a very dangerous game. Read it, stick with it, it’s worth it. (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton, Mulholland Books and NetGalley for making it available.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paul Morris, age 42, is an author whose writing has become a bit off. His latest manuscript has been rejected and now, with no source of income, he may have to move in with his Mum. At a party he meets Alice who asks him to help her daughter, Phoebe, a journalism student. Phoebe seems to think that getting a posh job will be easy. Alice tells her about Jasmine, a young girl who went missing 10 years ago. Alice works with others as they hold an annual dinner ball to raise money in hopes of finding Jasmine. Paul worms his way into Alice’s life, enjoying her cooking and living in her nice home. He has her believe that he has a big book offer with lots of money, but in reality the book offer is a lie and he has very little money. When Alice mentions that she going to her vacation home in Greece with her kids and her friends, Andrew and Tina and their kids, Paul finally manages to get an invitation to join them. Knowing he does not have the money to fly with them, he makes up a lie that he has to meet with his publisher and will meet them there. After a series of travel legs that are much cheaper, he finally arrives. He never feels welcome by Andrew who always acts superior to him. Tina is kind and the kids are typical teenagers. They meet other people and Paul is always worried about not having any money and hoping not to have to charge anything on his credit card either. But when a body is found in some land adjacent to Alice’s vacation home, Paul becomes the suspect. Totally confused, he slowly pieces together the price of telling lies. I found this a hard book to understand. Even the ending seemed very contrived. However, the descriptions of Greece and the weather were quite nice and brought back memories of my own visits there. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
really did not like Paul the main character in this book. Actually to tell you the truth I didn't like any of the characters except Tina, I liked her. I was about 70% through the book and I still couldn't figure out the point of the book. I found this book to be very boring and I really didn't care about anything Paul had to say which was hard as he was the one writing the book. I can't say Paul deserved what he got in the end cause he didn't put at the same time I was indifferent to what happened to him. I don't know why I keeping hearing this is a "Gripping Bestseller", sure it could be a bestseller but it's definitely not a Gripping book, boring maybe but not Gripping. *Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this for my honest opinion*