• Lie with Me

  • By: Sabine Durrant
  • Narrated by: Kirk Bage
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Lie with Me

By: Sabine Durrant
Narrated by: Kirk Bage
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Publisher's Summary

The truth can be deadly....

The dazzling new suspense novel from the author of Remember Me This Way. Twisty, tense, impossible to turn off psychological suspense for fans of I Let You Go and The Widow.

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 holiday - swept up in their perfect life, the kind you always dreamed of....

Which turns out to be less than perfect. But by the time you're trapped and sweating in the relentless Greek sun, burning to escape the tension all around you - by the time you start to realise that however painful the truth might be, it's the lies that cause the real damage - well, by then it could just be too late.

©2016 Sabine Durrant (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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Narrator makes this

I was confused by the narrator at first but after the first chapter it totally made sense. Loved it. The story was ok but probably wouldn't have finished it except for the narrator was SO GOOD.

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  • Rachel Redford
  • 08-21-16

'At length the truth will out' Or will it?

Sabine Durrant's sinister slow-burner scores high for creating a vivid and mixed array of characters who, despite being an unpleasant lot, I found intriguing, mainly credible and involving. I was hooked by the story and enjoyed the increasingly uncomfortable sense of something dark going to happen.

Paul Morris is an arrogant womaniser, although he's frequently been too drunk to remember his conquests. He's also a liar and a loser. His writing career has flopped after one long- forgotten novel; he's lost his home, and his money has run out. But when he meets Andrew, an old university friend - one whom in truth he barely remembers and never liked - he is introduced to Alice and the circle of friends who holiday on Greece together each year. That's when the lies start - Paul makes up a West End apartment, American publishers vying for his latest novel - and he and Alice quickly become lovers. What could be more natural than Paul being included in the Greek holiday line-up?

The holiday makes for compulsive and unsettling listening as things go disconcertingly awry. Why are Alice and Andrew seemingly so close? Why is Alice so obsessed with the disappearance of a 14 year-old girl on the Greek island years before? Why did Alice lie about her teenage son being brought back to the holiday villa dead drunk in the early hours?
Paul becomes increasingly uneasy himself, but every doubt seems to have a simple answer - until a young tourist on the island is raped after a night out. Even worse follows, and the police are involved. This is a mystery-thriller well rooted in everyday reality which makes the listening compelling and rewarding, and it also has a strong cautionary tale element about lying as Paul becomes enmeshed in the tangle of his own web of self-aggrandising lies.

The very competent narrator helps the story glide along, and Lie with Me gets full marks for its gripping story, for the intricate details of its plot and for Durrant's classy, fluent writing. I didn't give the story a full 5 because although the resolution of the plot has a good shock element, if you think about it in any depth, it raises just too many questions about credibility. But never mind, this is a great listen!

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  • MR
  • 07-16-16

brilliant!

As soon as I started this, I was hooked. Narrator perfect in role. Dark story, impending doom feeling from start to finish, redemption too late etc. would recommend to anyone.

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  • Jamber
  • 10-02-16

Very cleverly observed and put together.

Very cleverly put together, quite a frightening idea. I really enjoyed this book and it was well read.

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  • janet
  • 07-14-16

Lie with me

When I thought the description sounded promising, I checked the reviews - there were none!
Surprising as there were many ratings - indeed averaging 4+stArs.
I took a chance and do not regret the credit. Increasingly uncomfortable atmosphere and credible narration.

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  • marina swain
  • 09-27-16

A must listen...

Pleasantly surprised as how much I enjoyed this book. I do recommend it for an easy listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-17

Could not stop listening

The first time I had heard a book by this author. I love the way this book is written.. The descriptive language is fantastic. The narrator is also great. My only criticism is the end of the book was disappointing.

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  • Jeeds
  • 11-24-16

Unusual thriller; slow burner

Struggled to get into this novel at first as the main character is a bit of a creep. However, the last few hours were really gripping. I loved Sabine Durrant's last two books but whilst this one is good it is my least favourite of her novels.

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  • Junie
  • 11-01-16

Compelling listening

Would you consider the audio edition of Lie with Me to be better than the print version?

It was wonderfully narrated, it gave depth to the storyline

What other book might you compare Lie with Me to, and why?

It is similar to many books in that it slowly reveals it's characters as harbouring dark secrets and lies and ultimately being different people from the ones portrayed at the start of the book.

What about Kirk Bage’s performance did you like?

He managed to tell the story and convey beautifully an undercurrent of something sinister.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, I just enjoyed the story

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen, although a stronger finish would have been more satisfying.

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  • Christine
  • 10-14-16

Just finished for 3rd time!

I absolutely love this book. It's beautifully crafted and the deception so cleverly subtle that it takes your breath away when you realise the extent of it...definitely listen to it!

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  • Linda
  • 07-24-16

Atmospheric!

Lie with me, has all the components of 'hook and twist' the story flows and paints such a graphic picture of its characters, surroundings and malice throughout. Excellently narrated!

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  • Heidi (but books are better)
  • 12-12-16

Everything I look for in a psychological thriller

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 three teenagers. Initially seeing Alice as a needy widow and a chance to exploit, Paul is surprised when he finds himself falling in love with her. He is thrilled when he gets invited to join the family and friends on their annual holiday in Greece. But Greece holds a terrible secret, and soon Paul finds out that no one, and nothing, is quite as it seems.

Now this is what I call a real psychological thriller! With its rather slow pace, Lie With Me relies heavily on character development, clever plotting and a strong sense of place and time to reel the reader into its web – and the author does this very, very well. I love books where seemingly ordinary, everyday events suddenly turn to disaster, an underlying sense of dread and danger slowly building whilst the characters remain totally unaware, slowly stumbling down the path to their own undoing. Special kudos to the author for serving us up a rather unsavoury main protagonist, Paul Morris, whilst still enabling the reader to feel a sense of connection and empathy for the man. Despite his chauvinism, his womanising, his lying and cheating and using his friends for his own gain, I had moments when I felt actually sorry for Paul. And despite a logical little voice telling me that he got what he deserved, I never stopped barracking for Paul and hoping against hope that he would find happiness. Perhaps this trait is what made so many women fall for the man in the first place? To convey Paul’s charisma in the written pages of a book shows the author’s skill in presenting true-to-life characters that masterfully played out the story in my mind like a carefully chosen movie cast. I could see them so vividly, lying around the pool surrounded by olive groves, that I almost felt like I had been there myself, toasting pale British skin under a hot Greek sun.

Lie With Me had everything I look for in a psychological thriller, slowly building tension and a sense of certain doom, which made it impossible to put the book down. And of course the ending, though not totally unexpected by then, was very clever, casting all events of the past into a totally new light. A great read, one of my favourite psychological thrillers of the year. If you are looking for a good book over Christmas, don’t look any further, because Lie With Me has it all. Highly recommended.

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  • Jolene
  • 02-23-18

Wanted it to end :(

This sounded like a great book but I found the narrators voice annoying and the storyline boring. It only picked up about 2/3 way through. I’d say the last few chapters were the only interesting ones. I’ve listened to many better books which are interesting all the way through.

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  • nota bene
  • 07-24-16

Brilliant. I loved it.

If you could sum up Lie with Me in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, beautifully written.

What about Kirk Bage’s performance did you like?

Good voice, excellent performance overall.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just loved it. It's so well written, it's one of those audiobooks, if you were distracted for just one minute, you go back. You just don't want to miss a single morsel.

Any additional comments?

I loved Durrant's "Under your skin" - it's one of my favorite audio books. This latest one is just as good, or maybe better. If you like psychological thrillers, get this. You won't regret it.