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Goodreads Summary: Lies You Wanted to Hear
A deeply moving, beautifully-written picture of how the smallest crack in a relationship slowly, over decades, becomes a canyon too wide to bridge.
When Lucy meets Matt on a blind date, Matt is instantly hooked; he sees Lucy as the fun, sexy, and wickedly smart girl of his dreams. Although she’s still getting over an old lover, Lucy is won over by Matt’s sweet, thoughtful nature. But 20 years later, alone in an empty house trying to imagine the lives of her two young children, Lucy comes to realize that the little lies you tell can create more damage than the truth you’re hiding.
“A gripping debut….a morally complex and thoroughly grown-up novel. ” – Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy
“Hard to believe Thomson is a first time author, given the achievement of this novel. … I’m still not entirely convinced that these characters are fictional; that’s how much they lived and breathed on the page.” – Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lone Wolf and The Storyteller
“No spouse or parent who picks up this book will be able to put it down. Nor will anyone else.” – Andre Dubus III, NYT bestselling author of Townie and House of Sand and Fog
Review: 3 Stars
Seriously, you tell lies to not face the truth, hide your emotions, or not hurt someone else’s feeling, or even to get back at someone or protect the ones you love.
I wanted to scream at these characters…the lies were overwhelming and crazy and down right scary. If you don’t tell the truth and pretend…it will come out sooner or later. One day you will use it against that person.
Did they make the right decisions? Were apologies owed? Should they ever gotten married in the first place? The ending was weird, I wanted something more…but was left wondering…What? Why?
Again…this is so close to real life…and sometimes there aren’t answers.
Also going to add books I’ve read before I started blogging the reviews.
Goodreads Summary: The Bone Garden
Unknown bones, untold secrets, and unsolved crimes from the distant past cast ominous shadows on the present in the dazzling new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.
Present day: Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil–human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder. But whoever this nameless woman was, and whatever befell her, is knowledge lost to another time. . . .
Boston, 1830: In order to pay for his education, Norris Marshall, a talented but penniless student at Boston Medical College, has joined the ranks of local “resurrectionists”–those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. Yet even this ghoulish commerce pales beside the shocking murder of a nurse found mutilated on the university hospital grounds. And when a distinguished doctor meets the same grisly fate, Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect.
To prove his innocence, Norris must track down the only witness to have glimpsed the killer: Rose Connolly, a beautiful seamstress from the Boston slums who fears she may be the next victim. Joined by a sardonic, keenly intelligent young man named Oliver Wendell Holmes, Norris and Rose comb the city–from its grim cemeteries and autopsy suites to its glittering mansions and centers of Brahmin power–on the trail of a maniacal fiend who lurks where least expected . . . and who waits for his next lethal opportunity.
With unflagging suspense and pitch-perfect period detail, The Bone Garden deftly interweaves the thrilling narratives of its nineteenth- and twenty-first century protagonists, tracing the dark mystery at its heart across time and place to a finale as ingeniously conceived as it is shocking. Bold, bloody, and brilliant, this is Tess Gerritsen’s finest achievement to date.
“An old mystery is crossed with a modern story in the latest from Gerritsen (The Mephisto Club, 2006, etc.).Julia Hamill, newly divorced and still smarting, purchases an old house outside Boston. Determined to dig a garden, she instead finds the bones of a long-dead woman–the apparent victim of murder–which starts her on a journey to ferret out the story behind her death. Julia connects with Henry, a no-nonsense 89-year-old with boxes of documents that once belonged to the now-deceased previous owner of Julia’s home. The two discover a mystery dating back to the 1830s. At the heart of it is a baby named Meggie, born to the beautiful but doomed Irish chambermaid, Aurnia. Married to a man who cares nothing for her, Aurnia lays dying in a maternity ward with her sister, Rose, at her side. Rose, a spirited 17-year-old, takes Meggie to protect her from Aurnia’s husband, but soon finds herself the target of a bizarre manhunt. Someone is after the child–and Rose, as well, because she witnessed a horrifying murder. The body count piles up as Rose struggles to remain free of those who would take Meggie from her. Meanwhile, a young medical student becomes the chief suspect of the West End Reaper killings when he stumbles onto another terrible homicide. Although he fights the prospect, eventually he and Rose join forces to solve the murders and protect the baby at the heart of the mysterious deaths. Readers with delicate stomachs may find Gerritsen’s graphic descriptions of corpse dissection hard to take, but the story, which digs up a dark Boston of times long past, entices readers to keep turning pages long after their bedtimes.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Review: 5 Stars
wow, words alone can not express how deeply this book has touched my soul.
Rose and Norris’ souls have been searching for each other and finally are connected in Julia and Tom, cried so hard and I feel of have learned a lesson from Rose as well
I was trying to figure out who was buried in the garden. never thought it would be ++++++++.
Poor Norris Marshall and Rose… both suffered so much…sobs…..
Love the history in the story, how far medicine has advanced…and love how the the role of women were portrayed in this book…they were trapped but were strong.
~~~NOW I’M READING~~~
Goodreads Summary: How Lucky You Are
In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, HOW LUCKY YOU ARE is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their longstanding friendship alive. Waverly, who’s always been the group’s anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries each month about her mounting debt. Kate is married to a man who’s on track to be the next governor of Virginia, but the larger questions brewing in their future are unsettling her. Stay-at-home mom Amy has a perfect life on paper, but as the horrific secret she’s keeping from her friends threatens to reveal itself, she panics.
As life’s pressures build all around them, Waverly knows she has some big decisions to make. In doing so, she will discover that the lines between loyalty and betrayal can become blurred, happy endings aren’t always clear-cut, and sometimes you have to risk everything to gain the life you deserve.(less)
Immediately I feel like I’m one of the girls…and want to scream at them for not being honest. They are all lying and hiding major issues and situations. Why can’t they turn to their friends for help? Dying for…Waverly to let her boyfriend know the truth, Amy to tell her friends what is going on with her jerk husband, and Kate to be step up and stand on her own.
Also makes you realize you never REALLY know what someone is going through. Can’t wait to see how it all ends.
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