The Things We Wish Were True
In an idyllic small-town neighborhood, a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations.
From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house.
Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts—until an ac...more
So no kids die in this book. However there is a near…moreI put off reading this book for AGES because of the same concern. I can't do child death.
So no kids die in this book. However there is a near drowning, a minor sexual assault of a child, and a kidnapping. Everything ends up okay and the kids are safe. None of those stories are particularly graphic (the drowning goes into the most detail) but now you can go into it knowing exactly what to expect.(less)
The story is set in the small, southern town of Sycamore Glen, North Carolina. I enjoyed the description of this town and thought that the author did a fabu ...more
I didn't really get the sense of a small town with this one. It had more of a cozy neighborhood feel about it. Best friends trying to reconnect, saying too much, sharing too little. Would re ...more
Sycamore Glen, North Carolina is one of those small towns. You know, the ones where everyone knows everyone's business, where people remain entangled in each other's lives from childhood on, where secrets are hidden just out of sight. Bryte grew up in Sycamore Glen, pining for the boy her best friend dated, wanting ...more
This book is incredibly readable, it flows so well, alternately told ...more
Silly names notwithstanding, I found this book to be mediocre but readable. The many "mysteries" and big "secrets" weren't all that suspenseful and were ...more
In addition, due to the plethora of characters, the development of almost all of these characters was shallow. The only exception to this was the character of Cailey. Ms. Whale ...more
This book was good, but not great. I wish I had started it at the beginning of the summer - It's the perfect book to read by the pool, it was a quick read and entertaining, but a few things bothered me:
1. Only Cailey's chapters were written in the first person and Cailey's herself spoke more like a middle-aged woman than a 10 or 12 year old girl, it just didn't sound authentic.
2. The storyline was a little convoluted - too man ...more
If you can get past the unusual names of the main characters, you might be able to enjoy this story: Bryte (is it pronounced like Bright or like Britt?), Cutter, Jencey, Pilar, Zara, and Zell, with a life jacket thrown in by way of Everett, Lance and Cailey. I've never understood it when authors settle on such names ...more
Told from multiple perspectives, one in first-person the rest in third-person, the diverse characters include Lance, a father trying to cope with his two children after his wife left, Jencey, a mother forced to return to her childhood home after her husband has been imprisoned, Zell, an older and somewhat lonely woman who loves to help out, Cailey, a young girl from a single-parent ...more
The story starts at the beginning of the summer in a small neighborhood. Everybody is getting ready to go to the neighborhood's pool. This summer something happens there that interconnects different families' stories and problems in an interesting way. The nice thing about what the author did is that she gave us the different families' stories from the different characters perspectives. Loved how the characters felt detailed and deep except for the names which take a while to keep ...more
After finis ...more
The story is told in alternating perspectives by the principals of the story.Overall this was easy for me to get into and stay with. If ...more
Marybeth Mayhew Whalen pulls you into an all American contemporary neighborhood, with dark secrets and lies, seems everyone is hiding something in her latest: THINGS WE WISH WERE TRUE –a Southern charmer looks beneath the pristine exteriors of this friendly North Carolina neighborhood.
In this idyllic Matthews, NC suburban neighborhood Sycamore Glen, everyone meets at the neighborhood pool. There is muc ...more
Dropped at 45% percent- I can't push myself to read any further, it's keeping me from other books.
To be completely fair and honest- I'm from North Carolina. I'm writing this review in North Carolina, not too far from where the book is based in (an analog Matthews). I can't bring myself to keep reading because, to be honest, if I wanted to hear a bunch of dissatisfied North Carolinians complain abou ...more
Told in alternating POV’s, which is one of my favorite plot devices, the reader gets a multidimensional look at the story. It’s a story of the 2014 summer in a suburb of Sycamore Glen, ...more
The Things We Wish Were True plays out like a day time soap opera or life time made for TV movie. Everyone has a secret big or small and by not telling anybody their secrets, they expand into something bigger. The chapters are short and slowly give away pieces of the puzzle to slowly reveal the damaging secrets of most characte ...more