Mini mini-review: Lies You Wanted to Hear

Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitefield Thomson
November 5, 2013
Paperback, 416pgs
ISBN-10: 1402284284
Source: egalley from the pblisher

About the book:
Lucy’s two young children have been gone for nine years now, an unbearable burden that haunts her even more because of her role in what happened. You can hardly see a glimpse of that carefree girl Lucy was before she married Matt. She was a magnet for men who were bad for her—men like Griffin. With shattering, unthinkable turns that will wrench every mother’s heart, this suspenseful story probes the issue of how well you know the person you married. How much can you trust them with your heart—and with your future?

My thoughts:
A bit slow at first, but the history build up was necessary- I realize that after really getting into the heart of the book. The plot was very interesting.  I have never read a book like this before and the mystery of what would happen kept me pressing on for answers. What happened and what would come of Lucy's kids was interesting. It really is the only reason I kept reading in the beginning.
I didn't love the ending, I really wish the author added more to what happened after the conclusion of the mystery.
Overall the meat of the story was good but the beginning and ending left much to be desired.

About the author:
James Whitfield Thomson grew up on the North Side of Pittsburgh and attended Harvard College on scholarship. After graduation he served in the Navy as navigator of a supply ship off the coast of Vietnam. Jim earned a Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, writing his dissertation on the detective novelist Raymond Chandler. Following a brief stint teaching literature in academia, he joined a start-up venture as a salesman. The company's rapid success allowed him to retire early and devote himself to writing. He has published stories in a number of literary magazines including Agni and The Ledge and has been a Massachusetts Council for the Arts grant recipient. Jim and his wife, Elizabeth, live in a Victorian farmhouse outside of Boston and have five globe-trotting children. "Lies You Wanted to Hear" is his first published novel. You can find him on Facebook or at www.jameswhitfieldthomson.com

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