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Lies You Wanted to Hear [Kindle Edition]

James Whitfield Thomson
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Book Description

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.

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"A great piece of fiction. ... The book is filled with such tart takes on the human condition, along with more gentle illuminating moments. It has a sense of fullness and urgency that perhaps only a 67-year-old first time writer can impart." - Concord Monitor

About the Author

JIM THOMSON is Harvard educated, one of the first to join Andre Dubus III's writing workshop along with Elizabeth Berg, George Packard, Chris Tilghman, and Dennis Lehane. This is his first novel. He lives in Natick, Massachusetts and has three grown children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1447 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402284284
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (5 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #409,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story. 28 Mar. 2014
By Betty Q
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I enjoyed this read though not as much as others of its genre. The characters were well-thought-out, I was torn between whose side I was on in the husband/wife conflict, though mostly it was the husband's. While the plot was a bit far-fetched toward the end, it wasn't beyond belief and I did like the ending. I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy to read and unusual 29 Aug. 2014
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An exceptional book that was impossible to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! 6 Nov. 2013
By shuegen76 - Published on
This book is much better than Gone Girl in my mind - Gone Girl you can't empathize with the characters - they do despicable things. These characters make decisions. Not mistakes - they make choices. their choices define who they are. And they have to live with them. And if you can put yourself in their shoes - the book makes you wonder if you'd make those same decisions. or if you've made bad decisions in your life - would you make them again?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The lies you tell yourself are the ones that hurt you the most... 7 Nov. 2013
By Denise Crawford - Published on
This is yet another tale of love-gone-wrong -- a fairly common theme for the story of a modern tragedy. But it's not what happened to Lucy and Matt that makes this novel hard to put down, but WHY it happened.

Lucy and Matt meet on a blind date set up by Lucy's best friend, Jill. Lucy's on the rebound, but barely, after a long and heartbreaking romantic thrill ride that ended with Griffin just walking away. She's definitely not ready for Matt -- a nice, loyal, good guy who is immediately smitten with Lucy's edginess and he falls hard. Matt is a hard-working cop who treats her like a princess. Unfortunately, Lucy isn't honest with herself or with Matt and that's where it all starts.

When your relationship is built on a foundation of little white lies and big BLACK ones, how can things go well? When is "good enough" not enough -- and then what?

I really enjoyed this fast-paced and entertaining read. It went in a direction that I didn't really expect. The characters were well developed and, though I did not like Lucy at all, I came to empathize with her. Told in alternating viewpoints by Lucy and Matt who attempt to give the reader their side of the story, it grabs hold right away. The reader can sense that something is coming, and when it does, the urge to judge is right there and begs the question: What would YOU have done?

This would make a great book club read as there are many issues for discussion. Recommended!

Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for the ebook to review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular 23 Nov. 2013
By Me - Published on
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I randomly picked this book hoping for the best. I got that and then some. I hated the characters, I loved the characters. I hated one....loved the other.....back and forth back and forth. This author developed these characters unlike any other. The writing was absolutely amazing. This book was smart, beautifully tragic and utterly heartbreaking. I knew I was giving this a 5 star rating 25% in. I look forward to reading more from this author because this book has easily made my top 3 of the year. Loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid, psychological debut 19 Nov. 2013
By Problem Solver - Published on
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Thank you so much to SourceBooks and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Lies You Wanted To Hear is the debut novel from 67 year old Thomson. Major props to the author for sticking with his dream and for writing a remarkable story. There is a lovely interview at the back of the book that explains how he began writing this book, and writing in general. But read the story first!

Lucy and Matt begin their marriage on a lie. This is a classic case of one partner loving more than the other and the consequences both spouses suffer because of it. Lucy is impulsive and flighty and never comfortable with the role of wife and mother. Matt, on the other hand, seems born for domestication. They make it work as best they can for a while but eventually they both realize, in dramatic fashion, that they can no longer go on as they are. The shocking choices both Matt and Lucy make over the course of the book will definitely make the reader question their own thoughts and actions, no matter how honorable.

Thomson does something remarkable here – he has created two characters that at times are very unlikeable, Lucy moreso than Matt – and made me care about them. Lucy is painted, rightly, as a selfish free spirit, but its also obvious she deeply loves her children and is struggling to find her place in the world. She makes a lot of mistakes, but she’d certainly not all bad. Matt is the steady, faithful father, “the good guy” but he had some explosive moments that made me wonder what else was lurking inside him. For an author to paint such multi-faceted, flawed characters and convince the reader to sympathize with them even after HUGE missteps, is a sign, for me, of great talent.

This one boils down to the story of a marriage, plain and simple. If you enjoy reading about intense characters, family dynamics, or psychology, I would recommend picking it up. I think fans of Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, and other great “bookclub” authors, will devour this. On a personal note, I giggled to see that the character Matt grew up in Butler, PA, where I have a number of personal connections.

4/5 – a really solid, page-turning debut!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 2 Jan. 2014
By Jamie Katz - Published on
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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.
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