Friday, September 30, 2016

The Things We Wish Were True-A Book Review

Overview From Barnes and Noble

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 accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel.
During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?

Every day, in my e-mail, I get a notice from Modern Mrs. Darcy about the Kindle book deals which often include an audio deal. This book was one of those deals. I won't pay full price for an audio book. They are just too expensive. But I don't mind when they are $2.99 or $3.99. I have a Nook Color but I use the Kindle app on my phone so that is where I download these books.  

This book was a good story about a small neighborhood where everyone knows everyones business. Or, they think they do. The story begins on Memorial Day Weekend in 2014. The neighborhood gathers at the local neighborhood pool on opening day but the gate entrance is covered with a large spider web housing a huge yellow and black spider. No one wants to tear down the web and enter the pool area. Finally one of the lifeguards removes the spider, lets it go, and tears down the web. The story begins. There are many people caught in a web of lies that will be uncovered as the summer continues.
The story is told through the eyes of the each main character in the neighborhood. One of these characters is a young girl, whose life changes because of an incident at the pool. The remainder of the characters are adults who have been running from secrets in their past. All will be unraveled by the end of the story. And the story ends with all the 'happily-ever-after' one can want.

I'll give it *** 3 stars.

13 comments:

  1. Another interesting book! I'm not sure I could do an audio book, might put be to sleep, like I mentioned before. Something relaxing about listening so someone rhythmically reading a story.

    I find it amazing, like I think I mentioned before, how there are so many good books out there with so many different themes. Too little time, too many books!

    betty

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    1. Yes, audio books do put me to sleep too! But if I get both the book and the audio at least I can go back and find my place. LOL! I try to listen when I am cleaning or cooking! You are right about too little time, so many books.

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  2. I actually downloaded a Kindle app to my Nook. So, I can have the best of both worlds. I wonder if you could do that, too. I didn't realize that Amazon did audiobooks. I thought it was just Audible.

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    1. I will have to look into that and see if I can do it! Thanks Liz.

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  3. Sounds like a good story. I'm intrigued by all the secrets!
    Thanks for the review.
    I think I need to start using audio books because I fall asleep right away when reading!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. It was a good story! I don't know that using an audio book would help you stay away. They make me fall asleep quicker!

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  4. I only listen to audio books when driving, walking or working in the kitchen so I don't have the problem of falling asleep. I normally have two books going at a time, one that I'm reading and one to which I'm listening.

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    1. That's what I do as well Wendy. But sometimes I am more interested in the audio book and want to just sit and listen. That is when I fall asleep! LOL

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  5. Now THIS sounds like something I'd really enjoy. Interesting, the analogy about tearing down and apart the spider web. Easy to imagine myself right there, among those running from their secrets.

    PS - I think I've weird ears. Both my iPod buds and those that came with my Kindle are hard to fit, then they keep falling out. Too annoying to bother with anymore!

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    1. Try some over the ear headphones. You might like those better!

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    2. Downloaded just now. I'll check out those over-the-ear thingies for sure!

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  6. I saw that book in Kindle Daily Deals. I didn't buy it, though. I have so many books on my Kindle I need to try to catch up before I add any more!

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