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Lie With Me

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  10,831 ratings  ·  967 reviews
It starts with a lie. The kind we've all told - to a former acquaintance we can't quite place but still, for some reason, feel the need to impress. The story of our life, embellished for the benefit of the happily married lawyer with the kids and the lovely home.

And the next thing you know, you're having dinner at their house, and accepting an invitation to join them on ho

Hardcover, 293 pages
Published July 2016 by Mulholland Books
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Christinejournet Don’t give up. All at my book club loved it and we had a lively discussion about good and bad lies.
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Charlotte May
"Death throws you, even if you didn't know the person well. You sense your own mortality, feel the devil's own breath on your own cheek."

Well this was a surprise! I was expecting an enjoyable, but not overly shocking thriller, but what I got completely threw me for a loop.
It begins quite slowly, Paul is a bit of an asshole. In his forties, living off of his mates, and not committing to any of his relationships. Unable to date anyone over the age of 30, Paul is creepily attracted to younger gir
Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been holding on to this book for nearly 6 months and have no clue why I put it off for so long. Being swamped with arcs has really put a damper on my “reading for fun” stack, but I’m glad that I made a goal this year to incorporate more of my fun pile regardless of deadlines and requests. Though it took longer than I would have liked to get to it, this book was a gripping read that held my attention from beginning to end. I read my friend Jo’s review and was worried I might not connect wi ...more
I think 2018 is shaping up to be the year of the “Liar/Lie” in novels. This one falls directly into the middle of the pack. And unfortunately there is nothing concrete to set it off from the others.

Paul has always searched for the easy life. He wants the most beautiful women and of course, if they have money...well, that’s just icing on the cake. As you can imagine, Paul is not a very likable character! When Paul meets Alice he lets a little lie slip in order to step into her world. Of course, h
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
A few little lies never hurt anyone. Right?
I quite enjoyed "Lie With Me" - what I would call a traditional character driven psychological thriller. A slow burner, this took quite a while to reach its goal but when it did everything just fit perfectly and I enjoyed the ride to get there. I didn't have a clue as to what the storyline was going to be about, having not quite delved into the blurb much, but I found it strangely intriguing as to where the story was going and liked how the story was s
Wow... talk about a SLOWWWWW read. Surprise Surprise.... I am in the minority again on this book.

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant sounded like a compelling and addicting read that I had to get my hands on. Well.. my hands were greedy and not pleased to say the least. Honestly, I feel like this is going to be a book that you love or completely hate. I, unfortunately am in the dislike category.

Paul, our main character... yikes. What a womanizer and an ass wipe! Can we say... Paul I'm not exactly sure
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, suspense
REALLY slow build up. So slow I almost gave up on this. But as I neared the last hundred pages, the light bulb came on and I began to understand why all the early 'chatter' was necessary. Then I started thinking back, finding the clues that I thought were just back story. And like pieces to a puzzle, everything clicked.

You're not going to like the narrator of the story, Paul Morris. You're not supposed to. He's self-absorbed, arrogant, boarish, and a first rate snob. But he's also washed up, fi
Sarah Joint
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is the definition of a slow burn. Though it was meandering along, it kept my attention because I needed to know exactly where it was going. While not my usual kind of book, I'm glad I read it... mostly because of that ending, which was unexpected. My armchair detective skills fail me again! I'd definitely recommend considering the pace of this book before you pick it up. It's more of a character study than a thriller, and it won't keep you on the edge of your seat... but it is interest ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely one of those reads this year you shouldn't miss.
Once again this authors talent shines out in not only the plot, the story but also the way the characters are built within your minds eye.

Paul is the main character, a truly not nice person who you constantly question his demon, his life and his morals.
You go beyound questioning what aides his descisions on things.

There isn't a lot being given away in the blurb, that's a good thing. It allows the reader more unexpected surprises
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant is a thriller that upon first glance sounded like it would be one of those completely compelling reads. However for me it just never grabbed me at all so I seem to be in the minority for this one being one that didn’t really care for it.

We start off with meeting Paul whom I would probably best describe as a freeloading womanizer that is also a compulsive liar. Strike one for me personally since I just didn’t care for him at all right from the beginning but I believe
Liz Barnsley
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lie With Me is a real page turner of a psychological thriller, certainly for me the best one from Sabine Durrant I have read with its cool (or hot if you like) setting and taut, clever prose that just drags you right into the story and holds you there.

The story is told by Paul, a really divisive fellow, you sure are not meant to like him and I did not, who leeches off the people around him based on one successful novel years earlier. His latest provider is Alice, a widow, who when they start a r
Susanne  Strong
3 Stars.

Paul thinks he’s gods gift to women: he’s a handsome, successful, published author. He can convince himself of almost anything, even though he’s a has been who hasn’t published a book in years, and is living in his friend’s apartment because he doesn’t have two dimes to rub together. So what does he do when he meets Alice at a dinner party? He embellishes and then seduces her. Paul is sleazy and without a conscience. Everything he has told Alice about himself and his life is a lie and on
May 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Paul Morris, who narrates the story, is forty-two, but behaves like man a good twenty years younger. He is a selfish braggart, a womaniser, free-loader and thoroughly unlikeable chap who actually makes my skin crawl. He has gone through life living on other peoples' largess, always looking for the next opportunity to inveigle himself into someone's life. An apparently chance encounter does just that.

That chance encounter, with someone he met briefly ten years previously, leads him to Alice, a yo
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
This is my 3rd Sabine Durrant book. Remember Me This Way I gave an easy 5 stars to while Under Your Skin I gave the dreaded 1 star. Needless to say I was a little hesitant picking this one up.

Need not fear because I thought this book was great.

Paul Morris is a truly despicable character that I enjoyed reading about. There is just something about a snarky sociopath that really intrigues me. If you are looking for nonstop thrills and chills then this will likely not be for you. This is more so a
Joanne Robertson
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my oh my! Looks like this is going to be another "Marmite" book that you will either love or dislike intensely. But I have to say that having read and liked Sabine Durrant's previous books, this is my favourite by far-I absolutely bloody loved it!!!!!! It just had everything that I want in a book, horrible people, dysfunctional families, death, suspense and all set in my most favourite place in the world...Greece. If I'd been able to, I would have been laying on my sunlounger with a large Myt ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a book that took me a while to get into, I think mainly because the narrator is a man and by some strange quirk of fate, most of the books I read tend to be narrated by women, especially those that fall into the psychological drama genre. In addition, the man in this case, Paul Morris, is not particularly likeable. He is first and foremost a liar who uses people for his own ends, especially those he calls “friends”. Heaven help you if he is your friend because he will think nothing of go ...more
I received a free electronic copy of Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant from NetGalley for my honest review.

I liked this book but at the same time the book frustrated me. Every character in this book is deceitful, manipulative and mean. Every character in this book seems to be guilty of lying. The lies always seem to start out small and just keep growing. You spend the entire time reading trying to decide who is lying and who is pretending. I think all in all everyone is lying and all the characters
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had not heard of Sabine Durrant until a month ago but having read one I instantly wanted to read more. This is now the 4th book I have read by this author who I find very enjoyable and plan plan to continue reading.
This psychological thriller is fairly slow paced with a simple plot but intriguing just the same. Lead character Paul is not the most likeable character who lives off the boast of one successful novel he wrote sometime ago. He befriends Alice, a widow who he starts a relationship wi
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This was my second book by Durrant, and after I really enjoyed Under Your Skin I hoped that this book would live up to my expectations. It was a clever mystery, but slow paced and the characters were all pretty unlikable, so I didn't care much about them. The ending, too, did not feel satisfying to me, unfortunately. It wasn't a bad book, but nothing I would really recommend either.
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Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
A few really good twists in this one.

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Favourite authors – do you have any? Do you follow their book release dates anxiously waiting till their newest title is tucked up safe and sound on your own shelf and then feverishly read as soon as you can make an opportunity? I have a few authors that I hold in such high regard and Sabine Durrant is on that list.

Is it a mistake to expect so much from an author? Possibly…the pressure is heavy…my expectations are high. I want every read to be as eng
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
#3.5 stars
Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant is a little different, but I would say this novel still fits snugly into the domestic thriller genre. The narrator of Lie With Me is utterly appalling, so appalling that I couldn’t help but turn away from this book! The central protagonist in this psychological thriller, is not the usual (a damaged young woman) but a middle aged man. Paul Morris is the main character in Lie With Me. Paul is an arrogant, self centered h
Kathi Defranc
I am sorry, I have kept reading but do not like any characters, and find nothing that interests me in this book, therefore I am not finishing it. Just not a subject I have any interest in.
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
Nov 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2017
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

1.5 stars (.5 star because I actually finished, when so many times I was close to not)

Yikes. Reading this was like going to the dentist: Painful. Just opening my kindle to keep reading was like pulling teeth. I questioned categorizing it as a DNF (do not finish) more than a few times, but since I got it from NetGalley I felt like I needed to try and finish: it took me a week. A week of reading I cannot get back.

What attracted me
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
We've all been there, right? One small lie .. a pebble if you will, that rolls down and collects larger lies, eventually turning into a boulder that eventually runs you over.

Poor Paul - runs into someone from his past, tells a small lie.... then gets invited to dinner. And there it all begins. He's a deplorable character - lies all the time, lives off of people, womanizes and doesn't care who he hurts. A selfish bastard if you will. Then he meets Alice and of course, in true Paul manner, uses h
"Oh what a tangled web we weave; When first we practice to deceive..."

Paul Morris is not a likeable man. In his early forties, a shallow, vain, unmarried, commitment-phobe, he tells so many lies, even HE cannot discern the truth sometimes. Why does he lie you ask? He is SO very egocentric, that he lies to make himself appear more successful, more urbane, more empathetic... just more. It is vitally important to him that people think well of him, though he uses people to his own advantage more oft
At the age of 42, Paul Morris is, by all accounts, a failure. Still relying on the literary success of a book he published in his early twenties, he is a womaniser, a layabout, a conceited man who relies on the few friends who have stuck by him to get by with a minimal amount of work or effort. Just as his life is starting to unravel and he has to face moving in with his mother, a chance encounter with an old friend from college leads Paul to meet Alice, a successful lawyer and single mother of ...more
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took me a while to get into and I was very tempted to give up on it. I think the first part of the story dragged a little for me. I'm glad I persevered though because the last three quarters of the book was great. I wasn't overly fussed on any of the characters, and the main character, Paul, was quite unlikeable. Although towards the end I started to empathise with him a little.
I'll have to look out for the author's other books. My rating is 3.5 stars.
Bill Kupersmith
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
After I passed my personal self-denying ordinance to eschew reviewing unknown authors on NetGalley I swooped down for a chance to read Sabine Durrant’s Lie with Me for free now that an American publisher was finally marketing it this side the pond, only two years late. Having read & enjoyed Under Your Skin very much & Remember Me This Way not quite as much, I was ready for the main character of this book to be an unreliable narrator & a sleazy narcissistic arty type freeloader poseur & from the ...more
A.J. Waines
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Based on one of my favourite subjects, the lies we tell, this novel is a treatise on deception and manipulation, with the flavour of one of my long-standing favourite characters, 'The Talented Mr Ripley'.

I was struck first by the beautiful writing style; flowing, immediate, detailed, absorbing. The pace is steady (don't expect sudden dramatic events), instead there's a gradual slow-burn as characters are revealed, mainly aspects of the unscrupulous lead, Paul Morris, a 'has-been' author, who ha
Cleopatra  Pullen
Although domestic thrillers have burst onto the scene in a big way in the last couple of years, this one definitely rang some changes for me, not least because our narrator is a man. Paul Morris by his own admission, although quite how much self-awareness accompanies this is doubtful, is a man who lives his life off the back of other’s fortune. Having had literary success in his early twenties, he has devoted the next twenty odd years to repeating this early acclaim. While living in a friend’s a ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: two-star
This was one of those unfortunate reads where there is so much waffle and unnecessary detail it makes it difficult to decipher what is actually going on. It's called a psychological thriller, but I found it neither. The synopsis promises a lot but the writing simply fails to deliver.

The narrator, Paul, is unlikable pretty much from the outset. He is middle aged but his actions and thoughts are that of a man twenty years younger. When he meets Alice, part of a very middle class friendship circle
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