Title: The Things We Wish Were True.
Author: Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Genre: mystery, lit.
Part of a series? No
Publish date: September 1st, 2016
Everyone has secrets. Little things that they want to hide from the world, or from themselves. Pieces of the past that they aren’t proud of. The families of Sycamore Glen have more than their fair share. Months earlier a girl went missing nearby, bringing everyone on edge. The prodigal daughter returns with two daughters in tow, running from her mistakes. A mother runs from her family, leaving a clueless father to pick up the pieces with the help of his busy-body neighbor. A woman that would do literally anything for the man that she has always loved has to come to terms with the consequences of her actions. A little girl allows herself to be a kid for just one day instead of being her brother’s care taker. And then tragedy strikes. The families are pulled together in wait while a child struggles for survival. In one summer, everything gets torn open. Secrets are uncovered, crimes, and shame, laid bare. Can the neighborhood withstand it?
This was my Kindle First pick for the month. At the moment I am still digesting, going over my emotions. I loved the characters, each one intricate and well developed. The premise of the book caught my attention immediately. I loved Zell, busy body that she is, and how she struggled to be the good person, the one that everyone relied on. I loved Cailey, the kid that had already seen too much; with the weight of the world on her shoulders. While I disagreed with many of the actions of the other characters, I loved them all. What did not work for me, was the execution. Told in several points of view, this book was a bit choppy. And the first half (maybe more) moved so very slowly. You were spoon-fed a bit here, given that background there…. Things were alluded to until I was ready to shake the author. It came to a great ending, wrapping everything up beautifully and with interesting twists. In that, I would say that the book was worth it to me, but you have to stick with it. Three Stars.
On the adult content scale, I would say a four. There is language, violence, and sexual content as well as allusions to crimes against children. I would say that this is for a mature audience, but that it was done as mildly as possible.
The book will be out on 9-01-2016, let me know what you think.
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