Review: Lies You Wanted To Hear by James Whitfield Thomson

Title: Lies You Wanted To Hear

Author: James Whitfield Thomson

Published: Sourcebooks Landmark November 2013

Read an Excerpt

Status: Read from November 03 to 05, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

“The lies you wanted to hear were the easiest ones to tell” pg384

Lies you Wanted to Hear is a compelling story of love and betrayal, of a marriage destroyed by the secrets we keep from one another and the lies we tell ourselves.

When Matt meets Lucy on a blind date he knows she is the ‘one’, she is beautiful, bright and sexy, “everything a guy could want”, but Lucy is wary, Matt, a strait laced police officer, is completely different from her on again-off again lover Griffin who she can’t seem to let go of, no matter who badly he treats her. But Griffin has gone and when Lucy falls pregnant she allows Matt to convince her that she can be what he needs, that he is what she wants.

Told from the alternating first person viewpoints of Matt and Lucy we witness the evolution of their relationship, from their first date, to marriage, to parenthood, and its eventual, inevitable devolution. The relationship is compromised before it even begins, marred by secrets and dishonesty, which only become more divisive as time passes. The Lies You wanted to Hear explores the the ambiguity of guilt, blame, and fault and forces the reader to consider if right and wrong is always easy to determine.

The characterisation in Lies You Wanted To Hear is superb, Lucy and Matt are realistically complex and change through the novel. I found it difficult to like Lucy who is arrogant and self centered and I wasn’t able to muster much sympathy for her despite a troubled family background or even the losses she suffers later in the novel. Matt is easier to like, loyal, loving and eager to please, but he has his faults and eventually he loses the moral high ground that seemed his right. Thomson skilfully exposes the choices each character makes and the consequences for their marriage and their family.

An impressive debut I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend, Lies You Wanted to Hear is provocative, gritty and poignant. A gripping family drama.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elizabeth P. (Silver's Reviews)
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 02:02:48

    THANKS for this great review.

    I have Lies You Wanted To Hear in my TBR stack.

    Sounds very good.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog



  2. Kathryn White (@KathrynsInbox)
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 17:59:33

    Sounds like an absorbing family drama. I might pick this one up at some stage.



  3. cleopatralovesbooks
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 02:45:51

    I’m really liking the sound of this book, another for my TBR I think!



  4. Teddyree
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 17:45:44

    Fabulous review, your superb characterisation comment sold me!



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