REVIEW: THE LIES YOU WANTED TO HEAR, BY JAMES WHITFIELD THOMSON

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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.

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