Synopsis from the cover:
"Alone in an empty house, Lucy tries to imagine the lives of her two young children. They have been gone for seven years, and she is tormented by the role she played in that heartbreaking loss. You can hardly see a glimpse of the sexy, edgy woman she used to be. Back then, she was a magnet for men like Matt, who loved her beyond reason, and Griffin, who wouldn't let go but always left her wanting more. Now the lies they told and the choices they made have come to haunt all three of them.
With shattering turns, Lies You Wanted to Hear explores the way good people talk themselves into doing terrible, unthinkable things. What happens when we come to believe our own lies? And what price must we pay for our mistakes?
A searing story that will leave you wondering what choices you would make, Lies You Wanted to Hear is a stunning debut."My thoughts:
While well written, I initially had trouble getting into Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson. I especially had trouble connecting with Lucy. She seemed so determined for self-destruction. Her choices were so often foolish. Griffin held a weird power over her that I don't possibly fathom. I also couldn't understand why Matt was so blind and willing to marry her when he clearly didn't trust her.
I did, however, find myself curious about how their relationship would crumble and why Lucy was eventually alone. It became interesting to see what prompted the characters to make choices, decisions and actions. Both Matt and Lucy were so self-serving and while Matt could justify his actions to himself for years, he was vindictive, criminal and cruel.
Ultimately Thomson has written a novel that will make the reader think and ponder on an individuals choices and actions and how they effect others. Lacking a true hero, Lies You Wanted to Hear is a thrilling, nail-biting ride that I quickly devoured in two days.
Content warning : There is excessive bad language and some sex scenes.
Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson is published by Sourcebooks Landmark on November 5, 2013.
**I received a complimentary copy of Lies You Wanted to Hear in exchange for my honest opinion. No additional compensation was received.**