An intense debut novel that's "compulsively readable and stunningly written," (Jodi Picoult), Lies You Wanted to Hear is hard-hitting story about a family torn apart from the inside out, and what happens when the mistakes you make cost more than anyone would expect.Read more...
An intense debut novel that's "compulsively readable and stunningly written," (Jodi Picoult), Lies You Wanted to Hear is hard-hitting story about a family torn apart from the inside out, and what happens when the mistakes you make cost more than anyone would expect.
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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-07-01
- Reviewer: Staff
This debut novel by Boston author Thomson concerns a divorced father who kidnaps his two young children from their mother, whom he perceives to be unfit to raise them. During the late 1970s, Boston cop Matt Drobyshev, 28, is set up by his colleague’s wife on a blind date with her oldest friend, Lucy Thornhill, a young woman with “an edge” from a well-to-do family. Lucy had an abortion, after which the father, Griffin Chandler, decided to leave town “to get his head together.” While she finds Matt “forthright” and “congenial,” she is still in love with the irresponsible Griffin. Despite Matt disapproving of her pot smoking, he falls in love with and marries the ambivalent Lucy. They have two children before Lucy’s continued drug use and affairs with Griffin derail the marriage. The Drobyshevs’ divorce turns acrimonious when Matt fails to gain full custody of the kids. He uses a Disney World trip as a cover story for vanishing with them. Matt assigns them new identities and lies to his kids about their mother before they take up a fugitive lifestyle. As time passes, the reader’s sympathies align more with Lucy, who is left heartsick over the loss of her kids, in Thomson’s well-told narrative of complex characters and their troubled families. (Nov.)