James Whitfield Thomson is extraordinarily accomplished, especially for a debut author. Lies You Wanted to Hear is instantly engrossing and kept me on my toes, gradually but surely shifting my perceptions and loyalties. It's a simple story on the surface but ends up as so much more—I look forward to whatever Thomson writes next!— Lauren's Staff Picks
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.