Book Club: Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

Henpicked’s book of the month for May 2017…

Front cover of lie with me with a backdrop of a swimming pool and pink flip flopsWell we enjoyed While my eyes were closed by Linda Green, and we’d recommend the book. Please check out the reviews.

A huge thank you to our book champions and to the Henpicked community for their comments and reviews. If you have any further thoughts please drop them into Disqus at the bottom of the article.

We’re really excited to announce that Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant is our book of the month for May, and it’s highly rated:

The unputdownable Richard and Judy book club pick and Sunday Times top ten Bestseller.

‘Utterly gripping’ Daily Mail ‘A killer twist’ Woman & Home ‘I loved every page’ Clare Mackintosh

‘A perfect thriller: clever, classy and shocking. I read it in one day’ Erin Kelly

We’re looking for 10 book champions so if you would like to volunteer, please let us know. We give each of our champions a FREE copy of the book of the month in return for hearing what they think of it.

Just like last month, we’ll let our book club subscribers have some key points about the book to think about throughout the month and in the meantime, please do get reading!

Feel free to jump into the discussion about the book at any time during the month using Disqus which is ready and waiting for you and shows up at the bottom of this page – it’s free to sign up and once you are logged in, you can comment on any of the articles on the Henpicked website.

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Please let us know if you have any recommendations!

We welcome you all and remember there is no right or wrong with reading – everyone’s opinion counts.

Happy reading!!

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  • Leila Benhamida

    Will love to join.

    • It’s great that you’ll be a book champion this month, Leila. Hope you enjoy the book!

  • Ciara Kelly

    Has anyone started reading ‘Lie with me’ yet? Am I posting in the right bit? I’ve just started my copy which arrived on Saturday (thank you Henpicked!). I do not like this main character at all, I’m feeling uncomfortable … I wonder what skulduggery he will get up to … what are your initial thoughts on it if you’ve started it yet, ladies?

    • Yes, I’m quite a way into this book and (like you) don’t find him easy – though it’s interesting that the little clues so far about what’s coming have made me feel slightly sorry for him but I’m not sure if that’s clever manipulation again on his part, making himself into the victim! We’ll have to see how it all unravels…

  • Marion

    hi, just picked up my copy of ‘Lie with me’ – reading Ciara’ s comments I can’t wait to get started – looks like the housework is going to have to wait – again !

    • Ciara Kelly

      🙂 Reading is way better for our minds! Let me know what you think Marion. He is a horrible character by the looks of things …

  • Trudi Saxton

    My copy has just arrived, my favourite genre this time, looking forward to starting reading, thanks henpicked!

  • Alison Summers

    My copy arrived on Friday. The sun shone all weekend so just had to sit outside with the book and a glass of wine. Really enjoyed this story, main character at one point had me liking him then another not so sure.

    • Deborah

      Now that’s my idea of a perfect weekend!

  • Ciara Kelly

    I haven’t read it all yet, but for those of you who have just started, are you suspicious about the relationship between Alice and Andrew?? Is it too obvious?

  • Ciara Kelly

    Can I also ask something … is LIKING the main character a central ingredient to your enjoyment of a book?

    • Imogen Jamieson

      Not for me! Great question though!

      • Deborah

        Oh I much prefer it when I like the character – I’m a sucker for a hero or heroine!

        • Imogen Jamieson

          I do think it is a bonus when you like the main character. It gives you a different level of investment in the novel so I do know what you mean Deborah. x

    • I don’t think so. For me it makes a difference whether it’s a first person account or not; I don’t like Paul, but having the story told by him (with all his delusions) somehow works better than, for instance, reading Brooklyn – Eilis wasn’t unlikable but I didn’t enjoy the passive voice that book had because it was written in the third person. Does that make sense?

  • Imogen Jamieson

    I couldn’t put this book down and found it really easy to read. Clever plot, good characters, great pace. Will be recommending it. Won’t say more as don’t want to ruin it for others but can’t wait to hear what others think as they reach the end themselves.

    • Ciara Kelly

      Thanks Imogen. My dislike for Paul is ruining it for me so far! I know far too many people like him I fear!

      • Imogen Jamieson

        I can’t wait to hear if you have finished yet?! Really want to hear what you thought of the whole book!

  • Trudi Saxton

    So far I’m not at all keen on the male main character! However, this novel is easy to read and I’m now wondering where the plot is heading. Can I fit another quick chapter in now?! …..

    • Ciara Kelly

      I know the feeling Trudi!

  • Imogen Jamieson

    oh dear! I really enjoyed it despite not liking Paul although I did have some sympathy for him as the book progressed. Like you, I picked up on the clues and so the denouement was not a huge surprise although this didn’t mar my enjoyment – more added to it as I felt drawn in to the book. I found Alice extremely unlikeable – duplicitous and cruel. Despite everything that happens to him, I couldn’t help but slightly admire Paul at the end for his refusal to give up on himself – he was still fairly buoyant in spite of everything!

  • I’ve just finished this. I was very engaged for the first half of the book, but it began to lose me a little as it became clear what was happening. I did end up feeling sorry for Paul – but as he points out he is his own worst enemy. It was interesting for me to stick with the male narration as I do tend to prefer books with central female characters, and the women in the book were not very sympathetic. As a tale of our times, of shifting social status and the power of celebrity (even a whiff of it), it makes some quite interesting comments. I probably would recommend it as an easy holiday read.

  • I wasn’t that keen, to be honest. Started okay but kind of lost me later on and I did have to make an effort to finish it! I guess it doesn’t spoil the book that we are signposted towards the twist – in fact that’s quite clever, as we wait to see if Paul will cotton on.

  • Trudi Saxton

    Enjoying this book, not feeling much of the psychological thriller genre as yet, just a not altogether nice man so far. Easy to read, I agree a good holiday one though. Something more must begin to happen soon I’m sure!

  • Awarby

    No you are not alone. I really dislike the characters and am struggling to continue reading. Will try to keep going but not my kind of book at all.

  • Trudi Saxton

    We’ll, finished this book now. Knew there must be a surprise development but I hadn’t picked up exactly what. I found the first part of the book a little mediocre but stuck with it and found it well worthwhile. A great read. A reminder to watch those little lies we all tell now and again….! Thanks henpicked x

    • Do you think Paul got what he deserved though? Some of his deceits were small, and he was also deluding himself, little conceits – but his treatment of women was pretty appalling for sure.

      • Trudi Saxton

        Hi Jane, yes I think perhaps he did. He was pretty unconcerned about agendas other than his own. Lessons to be learned hey.

  • Marion

    What a thoroughly nasty main character. I had no sympathy for him. However, this book is either a mastery in planning and cleverly full of twists or its over – plotted and has lost all spontaneity – and I wasn’t sure until the end which was true. I think she did know where she was going with this – but she was controlling it and the characters ended up as puppets in her play. She needed to explain quite a bit at the end – which is always suspect – we should have enough information to work it out for ourselves. Having said all that – it was entertaining and engaging. It was brave to make us all cross with Paul , ( I didn’t like Andrew either ). I particularly liked the idea that your lies will find you out in the end – so integrity pays off. it was a bit far fetched – but that made it a very entertaining and enjoyable read. A great holiday book – I really wanted to see how it all turned out !

  • Awarby

    Well I finished the book and as per my previous post at the half way mark, I didn’t like Paul or the other characters.Alice was ghastly. Not my kind of book. Couldn’t wait to finish it but not because I enjoyed it! Yes it got a little tense near the end by which time I didn’t care what happened to Paul.