Review: Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson

Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson
Expected Publication: November 5, 2013
Format: E-Arc via NetGalley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Rating 4/5

A deeply moving, beautifully-written picture of how the smallest crack in a relationship slowly, over decades, becomes a canyon too wide to bridge.

When Lucy meets Matt on a blind date, Matt is instantly hooked; he sees Lucy as the fun, sexy, and wickedly smart girl of his dreams. Although she’s still getting over an old lover, Lucy is won over by Matt’s sweet, thoughtful nature. But 20 years later, alone in an empty house trying to imagine the lives of her two young children, Lucy comes to realize that the little lies you tell can create more damage than the truth you’re hiding.

My Thoughts
The story of Matt and Lucy was doomed from the get go. Lucy was a wild, fun sexual woman while Matt was the honest to god good guy every mother wants for her daughter. Lucy had been and quite honestly was still in love with her ex Griffin. Lucy and Griffin had that kind of raw magnetic pull to each other that was all wrong; they only things they shared were sex and drugs, nothing “real.”

Lucy decides to go out on a blind date with Matt and wasn’t really interested but kind of used him to get over Griffin. After months of dating Matt, she finds out she is pregnant and just when she was going to tell him Griffin shows up. Instead of pushing Griffin away she spends one last night with him. Fast forward a few years and Lucy and Matt are married and have one child and another on the way. Lucy is starting to feel trapped; she thought she could be happy with Matt and live that “perfect” family lifestyle. After having her son she suffers from post-partum depression. She feels lost but with the help of Matt she begins to find her way and decides to get a job to help her get out of the house for a few hours. That’s when it happens…she spots Griffin.

Lucy just can’t help herself and she begins to have an affair, soon after Matt founds out and the drama begins. Griffin is like Lucy’s drug. All she thinks about is him, knowing he doesn’t want anything serious. While filing for divorce Matt wants custody but at that time the mother always got custody. Matt doesn’t give up hope; he wants his kids after realizing Lucy is unfit to take care of their children. With drugs and other men around he wants better for his kids, so he decides to take matters into his own hands. On a family vacation he decides he will kidnap the kids and start over.

Not to give it all away but let’s just say there are years of being on the run and things aren’t so easy for Lucy either. While I didn’t like the character of Lucy, being selfish and all you can’t help feel her pain in wanting to find her children. But was it all Lucy’s fault? She was always very clear to Matt about who she was and about her past. Matt always knew he was second in Lucy’s life…after Griffin but he always thought he could change her.

So it is true we only believe what we want to believe? We all know deep down what is right and what is wrong but sometimes our hearts lead us and not our heads. This is what makes me love this story however the ending….made me want more! I'm that kind of person who needs everything tied up in bow and wants no stones left unturned. This is a wonderfully written story about family, love, and sometimes doing the wrong things for the right reasons.  I highly recommend this…PLEASE READ THIS! It will definitely make you question if we are really truthful with the people in our lives, but most importantly are we honestly truthful with ourselves.

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