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Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Pages: 404
Target audience: Adult
Keywords: marriage, betrayal, regrets, parenthood
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks Sourcebooks!)

Summary: A blind date between Matt (a cop) and Lucy (reeling from a horrible breakup) leads to marriage, and a life of contentment. Or so it seems. Bits of dishonesty crack at the surface as the years go on, leading Matt and Lucy to lives they never imagined.

What is it about those bad boys? They are the hardest to get over, aren’t they?

When we meet Lucy she is still in love with passionate and inconsiderate Griffin, who totally deserted her during a pretty crucial time in their relationship. In an effort to get over him and dig herself out of this rut, she finally listens to her best friend and goes on a blind date with a cop named Matt.

Matt is pretty much everything Griffin isn’t. He’s sweet, he’s caring, he wants commitment. Slowly but surely this first date leads to marriage and two children. While life feels safe and Matt is the poster child for a great husband, Lucy is never truly satisfied. It’s like she has one foot out the door all the time, and when Griffin reemerges in her life, an already rocky marriage crumbles into dust.

Okay, I know this doesn’t sound like the happiest story. It really isn’t. It’s full of mistakes and regret and too many important concerns and emotions left unsaid between a husband and a wife.  Thomson’s detailed backstory for both characters (down to their best friends and their parents) is superb and the see-sawing between Matt and Lucy’s perspectives was uncanny. I found myself totally swept up in their stories, in their fight to find happiness for themselves and also for their children, who were bearing the brunt of this off-kilter union.

Both Matt and Lucy made mistakes, and it was so intriguing because sometimes these mistakes felt like the right thing to do. Could their problems have been solved in a more logical way? Of course. But both of them felt so strongly one way or another that their dramatic actions really drove the pace of the story and had me finishing this book in one day. I could not sleep without knowing how it all would end.

Lies You Wanted to Hear spans many years, and morphs into this unexpected psychological thriller in some ways. What would be the repercussions of Matt and Lucy’s actions? Would karma come into play at some point, and would it permanently damage their bond with their children? Were their moves propelled by selfishness, desperation, or an extreme need to protect? Or all of the above? The material is so discussion worthy, and I felt like it was possible to root for either side at various points in the novel, making it that much  more of an enjoyable experience to gobble up.

I love when a book takes me by surprise, and I was even more shocked to see this was Thomson’s debut novel. It was so clear how much he cared for all of his characters, and worked to tell a well-rounded, detail-oriented story showcasing the grays of commitment and just how far we would go for happiness.

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April 14, 2014 - 12:15 am

Review: Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield ThomsonLose Time Reading - […] never would have picked this up had I seen it in stores but after seeing Estelle’s review on it, I knew I had to read it. I’ve slowly teetered away from adult fiction in recent years, […]

November 26, 2013 - 4:24 am

Chloe Lee - The last bok that took me by surprise was Pawn by Aimee Carter. I had expected to like it more. Not to say that I did not like but just not as much as I thouht I would. I guess thats what I get for listening to the hype 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

November 23, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Nicole - Hmm, the last book that took me by surprise was probably Hereafter (Shadowlands #2). I did not expect to like it as much as I did! Glad you liked this one so much and thank you for the chance to win a copy!

November 22, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Alexa Y. - I love that this book took you by surprise! It certainly sounds like a very interesting premise, and I’m curious about these two main characters in particular.

November 21, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Tammy - I just finished A Storm Of Swords audiobook and I’m all caught up with the GOT TV show but I was still surprised by the number of deaths and the detail I got from the book that I didn’t get in the TV show.

November 21, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Ann - Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan. I had high hopes for it, but it surpassed my expectations!

November 21, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Christina (My Life In Books) - The last book that took me by surprise was Inferno by Dan Brown because I didn’t predict the ending at all! I still say that Angels & Demons was the best but now Inferno ties Da Vinci Code at number two 🙂

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