‘Lie With Me’ is the first of Sabine Durrant’s novels that I’ve read.
The main character of the novel is Paul Morris. He achieved moderate success with a novel be published in his 20s. He is now in his 40s and hasn’t done much with his life. The second novel hasn’t materialised so he drifts from one menial job to the next. He has been housesitting for a friend for a few years but is now losing the place he has called home. With no money he has had to move back in with mother. He is good looking, so he picks up young women then discards them. He is a liar, a thief, a cheat and generally despicable.
Then he finds out that the widowed human rights lawyer and mother of three teens Alice may have a free room soon, so he targets her with his charms.
Pretty soon he is on holiday in Greece with Alice’s family and another family. But from the moment they arrive, you can feel the tension start to build.
Something is brewing but we don’t know what it is till the end.
This was a very cleverly written novel. Partly it felt as though I was reading about a boring holiday with a group of fairly unlikeable people. But there was always something building just below the surface.
The buildup felt a bit long and it wasn’t till the very end that I knew what was happening. But looking back, every incident was an important part of the story.
This was a quick and tense read and I’m looking forward to reading more of Sabine Durrant’s novels.
Book Published 2016