Trending in fiction along with alternate points of view, is the unreliable narrator. Although there is a flood of new titles with this type of character narrating the story, the choices of books with this concept stretches back over 50 years. British author, Sarah Pinborough, writes an article in The Guardian describing this style of narrator in its various manifestations as: “those who are fooling themselves, those who are fooling others, and a range in between.” The latest unreliable narrator book I’ve read is Alice Feeney’s “Sometimes I Lie” whose title alone instantly manipulates the reader. Wait. Who is really telling the truth here anyway? Feeney immediately has the reader on edge guessing at who is telling the truth and who isn’t:
“My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
- I’m in a coma.
- My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
- Sometimes I lie.