I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant
Published by Mulholland on 28th July 2016
Paul Morris is running out of money, friends and second chances. His literary success of his early 20s is now a distant memory and his new relationship might be his last hope of happiness.
Alice is not like any of the women he's pursued in the past: wealthy, lonely, driven and with links to the heady days of his youth. When Alice invites Paul to her holiday home in Greece with friends and family, he decides to do whatever it takes to make the romance stick.
But the summer is not the idyll he had planned: members of the party seem far from happy about Paul's presence and soon the pool becomes a tableau of tension and unspoken grudges.
To further aggravate the situation, ten years ago, a thirteen-year-old girl went missing on the island, and now a fresh sighting and another attack unsettle the long hot days. It soon becomes apparent that Paul may not be the only person with an agenda... and his dreams of a life worth living may yet turn into a nightmare he cannot escape.
Upon reading the synopsis for this book, I was intrigued. I love a good psychological thriller and the incorporation of a Greek island setting made me pick this up for a summer read. I think it’s pretty perfect as that – an easy to read book that will capture and retain your interest from the outset.
It’s a fairly slow moving novel, which is absolutely fine if that’s what you are in the mood for. The pace certainly picks up towards the end though. As ever, I want to avoid spoilers at all costs, so I won’t dwell on the content of this book for long.
Paul Morris is our narrator. He is reflecting upon what has happened to him, wondering where it all started and simultaneously allowing us to uncover his story. I actually really enjoyed this style of storytelling.
Durrant is clever with Paul’s character. We are never entirely sure of his motives; can we believe what he is telling us? Paul’s womanising nature, his eyeing up of young girls, his conquests and flirtations made him a very difficult character for me to like. I’ve no doubt that this is intentional by Durrant. She balances this side of his character by showing us his vulnerabilities and emotions. Honestly, at times I was repulsed by this man and at others I wanted to give him a hug.
I enjoyed Durrant’s writing. Her descriptions made me feel like I was in that dreary London weather or holidaying on that Greek isle.
Did this novel surprise me? Yes, it did. I think with a novel of this nature you are always trying to solve the mystery as it were, before it’s revealed to you. I had theories, quite a few in fact, but I was wrong!
All-in-all, this is an absorbing, unnerving read. It isn’t action packed but you will become caught up in the story. I hesitate to use that term ‘beach-read’ but I do think this would make a good holiday read. It’s engrossing, well written and easy to read.