I Never Lie by Jody Sabral
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I received a complementary copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
In I Never Lie we meet Alex South, a journalist who left her hometown of Manchester (and her fiancé) after her miscarriage, aspiring to start her life anew in London and focus on taking her career forward.
When women are found dead in a park in Alex’s neighbourhood, she jumps at the opportunity to cover the story, as this could really launch her career as a crime reporter. But Alex has her own struggles, she is an alcoholic and even though high-functioning, she soon finds herself blacking out and missing work and not being able to remember where she was or what she did the night before. And on top of that, all of the murders seem connected to Alex, in different ways. She has to juggle her drinking habits, her work and trying to discover what really happened to these women, and this is no easy task.
Every few chapters is a diary entry, from someone whose identity is never revealed, but it sheds an interesting light on Alex’s life and the murders.
I did like this book and if I had to rate it, I would give it a 3 stars out of 5. It is easy to read, it is contemporary and it is really close to reality.
The way Alex struggles with her alcohol addiction is very realistically depicted. She is in complete denial of her problem and thinks that she is in control of it. She keeps promising herself that “today is the day that I detox!” until something happens that throws her off the rails and she is back to square one. I feel like anyone who has some kind of addiction, whether it be drinking, smoking, gambling etc, can relate to Alex in that way. She is a humane and flawed character trying to do her best with the cards that life has dealt her, and in this way she is very relatable and likeable.
Now, I chose to only give this book 3 stars because, while it’s entertaining, it’s not riveting. There have been a couple of cliffhangers that have left me wanting to know more, but not enough for a thriller. The plot resolves itself very simply at the end and you can see it coming from a mile away. I was expecting more of a plot twist at the end, and it never came, so that left me slightly disappointed.
All in all, it is still a good read and perfect for the beach, since it is so easy to read. And if you are a fan of crime novels and thrillers, you might enjoy it!
Let me know in the comments if you have read or intend to read this book; and also, what is a good beach book for you?