James Thomson has done something few writers would have the courage to do--write about thoroughly unlikeable people. Writers don't do it because there's too much risk that readers who don't care about the characters won't bother with the book. In this case, he's taken those characters and crafted a compelling, engrossing tale of bad decisions, stupid choices, and shallow character. I know there's some debate about which side to take, and whether either one position has more moral support than the other. I'm not going to bother weighing in on the debate. In the end, from my vantage point, both characters were pretty close in terms of the scope and scale of their indifference to the other and in the bad judgement and lack of empathy they each display. In the end, I'm only going to suggest that you read the book and enjoy it as just that--a powerful story full of anger and deceit and ugly characters that is, nonetheless, a pleasure to read.
What if the lies you told and the choices you made have come back to haunt you? What if the losses are so much greater than you could ever have imagined?
Lucy Thornhill was an edgy young woman, always looking for love in all the wrong places. After the disappointment of a lover who could not commit, finding Matt Drobyshev, who was so reliable and responsible, felt like a magical gift. It would not be long, however, before they each realized that the relationship was built on a series of little white lies and some bigger ones. Therefore, destined to fail.
When the life they lived together went hopelessly awry, the bitterness between them mounted. Matt thought Lucy was a bad mother to their two children, Sarah and Nathan...dangerous, even. So what he did next would change everything for all of them. His need to control everything was as dangerous, in my opinion, as Lucy's careless actions.
We follow the journey of Lucy and Matt in this story told in alternating narratives. We come to understand each of them, as the tale probes beneath their surfaces and behind the lies, to the truths they have kept hidden. But their own perspectives on events could also have drastically altered the picture, making the reader question the truth of their take on things. Near the end, in a final confrontation between Lucy and Matt, she says to him: "The lies you wanted to hear were the easiest ones to tell."
Lies You Wanted to Hear is a captivating, poignant, and sad tale that rings true, revealing much about mismatched individuals struggling to find their way toward a love they had longed for, but missing tragically in their efforts. The denouement left me puzzled, wondering what to think. Perhaps the author purposely left it for the reader's interpretation. 4.5 stars.
The book was ok, written well but ultimately left disappointed. There is no suspense in it, i have NO idea why they put it in the 'Gone Girl' category.
Essentially the story is about a bad relationship. Two people married for the wrong reason, one in love the other not. The wife is a mess, and she knows it. The husband just doesn't figure it out until it's to late, but his reaction is a little harsh when he runs away with the kids. All in all, it is written well, I did find the story interesting and followed through to the end. The story never really went anywhere in the end, I was hoping for some-type of twist or closer at the end but it just fell short of one last good chapter to salvage it.
This book is amazing. So many other reviews describe the plot (many of them in too much detail) that I won't synopsize. It is enough to say that the characters are incredibly unlikeable at the beginning of the book and yet, the writing pulls you in anyway. You keep reading and feel that urgent need to keep reading along with temptation to savor the words and make the world of the book last longer. That the two main characters grow into deeper, more thoughtful and sensible people is not only required by the story arc, but makes the reading all that much more worthwhile. Can't wait for another book by this author!
James Whitfield has created memorable characters in an unforgettable story. His characters became real to me with all their positives and negatives and I found myself loving, hating, pitying and understanding them. His format of telling the story from two points of view was an excellent technique for showing how people can rationalize the same situation in two very different ways and justify their unjustifiable actions.
James Whitfield is a talented writer with a great understanding of the human condition. This book was a winner and I look forward to more from him.
I was really taken in by this book. Couldn't wait to keep reading and see how the story developed. However, I was disappointed by the ending. I don't want to give anything away, but, I did not like the chain of events where the children are concerned. The main characters were highly developed and the ending just left me with lots of opened questions. I kept going back and reading the final pages hoping perhaps I missed something or went to quickly because of my desire to finish and see how things unfolded... unfortunately that did not happen.
I thought this was an interesting take on a marriage or perhaps a marriage that should have never happened. Lucy is wayward and confused, she doesn't get what it takes to make a lasting relationship but wants one leading her to make ridiculous mistakes. Matt in knows Lucy is not for him but he wants her so he marries her. Mistakes all around, leading to an enjoyable read but I'm a little perturbed that even to the end Matt can NOT see that what he did was wrong and cruel and Lucy did NOT deserve that. He wasn't saving his kids, he was punishing her for not loving him.