The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

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 accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tra...

Details The Things We Wish Were True

TitleThe Things We Wish Were True
Release DateSep 1st, 2016
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Mystery, Contemporary

Reviews The Things We Wish Were True

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I believe I've found another trustworthy publisher in Lake Union; I particularly seem to gravitate toward their women's fiction releases since they tend to be a reliable pick for my interests. I have loved the past 5 reads from them and am excited to read the last few I have sitting on my shelf. These books aren't as romance focused as others; sure there are typically romantic relationships, but it's only a portion of the plot instead of the main...
  • Candace
    'The Things We Wish Were True' was a book that I picked up with my Kindle Unlimited membership. I listened to the Audible edition and it was better than I expected. This story had a lot going on, but the author managed to weave the characters and events together seamlessly. It was my first Marybeth Mayhew Whalen book, but it won't be my last.The story is set in the small, southern town of Sycamore Glen, North Carolina. I enjoyed the description o...
  • Zoeytron
    A spider's intricately spun web blocks the entrance to the neighborhood swimming pool on opening day, a portent of some sticky situations in store for the residents of Sycamore Glen. There isn't a person in the group who doesn't have a secret. And yes, those secrets will all be laid bare before summer's end. 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 reconn...
  • Larry H
    "And yet, Jencey understood, there were the things she wished were true, and there was what was actually true. She was learning that there was usually a great distance between the two.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,...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, the small town Jancy left after high school, threatened by a stalker that none could identify. Now her husband in prison, she and her two young daughters have returned home to her mother, the boy she left behind now married to the woman who had been her best friend. Over the course of the summer, a summer spent at the local pool, a near tragedy will occur and long held secrets will be revealed.This book is incre...
  • Esil
    3+ stars. I really enjoyed The Things We Wish Were True for the first two thirds of the book, and then it started taking a couple of turns I didn’t like as much and my enthusiasm fizzled a bit. But I still enjoyed it enough to say it was worth reading as a lighter entertaining read. The novel is told from the perspective of a few neighbours living in a small town in North Carolina. Their lives are intertwined in various ways, and they all have ...
  • Kristina
    This book is hard to take seriously, especially with characters with names such as Zell, Jencey, Cailey, Bryte and Lance. It's difficult to get past the names--the whole time I was reading I was wondering--did no one at any point have the courage to tell the author just how ridiculous they are? Isn't that what editors, publishers, etc. are for? Silly names notwithstanding, I found this book to be mediocre but readable. The many "mysteries" and bi...
  • Lee
    Sycamore Glen in North Carolina is a very small town, everyone knows everyone and everyone else's business, or do they? Lurking behind these friendships, many are hiding secrets and lies while others are quite oblivious to what is happening around them. A near tragedy occurs, which in one sense will bring some closer together but for others, it may tear them apart. The story is told by four women Bryte, Jencey, Zell and Cailey all very different ...
  • Obsidian
    So this book in the end did not live up to the hype I kept seeing all over the place with it. With shifting perspectives (there were six people to track in this book) and the author choosing to make 5 out of 6 told in the third person there was way too much going on for me to even really care about all of these characters.In addition, due to the plethora of characters, the development of almost all of these characters was shallow. The only except...
  • ☮Karen
    And yet, Jencey understood, there were the things she wished were true, and there was what was actually true. She was learning that there was usually a great distance between the two.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 nev...
  • Catherine McKenzie
    Wow, this book packs a punch. The story unwinds through the alternating perspectives of a host of characters living in the same small town who are all connected through a web of secrets and lies. Deftly told. Highly recommend.
  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    I received this from the publisher and Netgalley for my honest review.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....
  • Rachel
    This is a book that wishes it were written by Liane Moriarty. But it was not. Lots of intersecting plot lines that made me say "Wait, what?" and overused awkward phrases ("That she is" came up a LOT).
  • Dena
    This was the first book I read by this author, and I really enjoyed it. To me it was reminiscent of books by Catherine Ryan Hyde, who I also really enjoy (Don't Let Me Go, specifically). The story takes place during the summer of 2014 and focuses on several families who visit the community pool every year and how their lives intersect. It is told from different points of view, which adds to the unique story line, and focuses on the hidden secrets...
  • Mary Ann
    I got this as a Kindle Prime freebie. It's not exactly soaring prose, and the plot is predictable, but I liked and cared about the characters.
  • Petra
    The Things We Wish Were True follows the events within a small community in North Carolina over the summer of 2014.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 he...
  • Angie
    The Things We Wish Were True is mesh of genres that focuses on a neighborhood, it's residents, and the past and present happenings there. There are 4 key families whose histories together may be different than they each think. The secrets all begin to unravel one sweltering summer. Will the neighbors' relationships survive when all that is hidden comes to light? Can they forgive if they can't forget? There is definitely more going on than meets t...
  • Melodie
    At first glance life in Sycamore Glen North Carolina is idyllic. A neighborhood where nothing much has changed except the age of the occupants. But nothing is as it seems. Just below the surface there are resentments,fears, old jealousies. A generational tale as well with kids turned grown-ups parenting their children who challenge them as they did their parents.The story is told in alternating perspectives by the principals of the story.Overall ...
  • Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
    The Things We Wish Were True takes place in a small town in North Carolina during the summer of 2014. It's a very close knit community and most residents have lived there most of their lives. From Zell, the neighborhood matriarch to Jancey the "prodigal" daughter returning after making a quick escape after high school. Each character has their own story and each story intertwines with each character. It includes twists and turns that will make yo...
  • Constantine
    Rating 4.5/5.0The 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 dee...
  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    3.5 stars! While this wasn't quite what I expected (for some reason I thought it would be more of a domestic suspense), this was pleasantly surprising! The Things We Wish Were True is about a group of people who all have pasts that are intertwined. After a traumatic event happens one summer, secrets start to be revealed among each person, both from the past and present. Overall, the book kept my attention, and I liked the characters. It was a lit...
  • Judy Collins
    A special thank you to Lake Union and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 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, e...
  • Vanessa
    A quick read that still packs a punch, The Things We Wish Were True tells the story of neighbors in a small North Carolina town. It took me a little bit of time to know which character was which, but after that, I enjoyed the alternating perspectives. The book was a bit overly dramatic (think soap opera) at times, but it kept me interested. I am pleased with the ending, and my main complaint about the book is that most of the characters have unus...
  • Barbara
    3.5 Stars: “Things We Wish were True” is a relatable novel of humans making do: living everyday life, hoping for the best, believing in the best (even when it’s contrary to the obvious). Denial is a big theme as is loss. Although this sounds like a heartbreaking tale, it’s not. It’s a testament to the human spirit.Told in alternating POV’s, which is one of my favorite plot devices, the reader gets a multidimensional look at the story....
  • Ms Stef
    There seems to be a trend in books about secrets among women and how it effects those around them. Or maybe I am just picking up increasingly more of this “style” of book.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 ...
  • Kelly
    3.5 *'s rounded to 4. The Things We Wish Were True revolves around a small town in North Carolina. When Jencey returns with her two children after living away for many years and a near tragedy occurs with a young child in town a web of secrets held for years begin to reveal. This novel is told from many POVs (6 I think) and is a relatively short book. I really enjoyed the characters in this book. I listened to the audio version which did a great ...
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    When I read the synopsis of The Things We Wish Were True I was intrigued by it's vagueness. Of course it was a "wish for it" request on NetGalley. I have had two "wishes" come true but I don't get too attached. Last night I had planned to read Tom Bale's All Fall Down for today's review but that was not to be. As I was finishing up on Goodreads I see I have received an new email at 11:45pm. I have just had my wish granted...and guess what? The bo...
  • Andrew
    Mom-Lit (not for dudes)Amazon has he absolute worst algorithm to suggest books. Heaven knows I've read enough and rated enough that it should start to be a hint that this isn't my thing, but my vote is outweighed by whatever cockamamie rule they use because I keep getting these things. Now, with that said, I obviously finished this thing, even found myself wanting to know what was going to happen next a few times, but it's not something I'd ever ...
  • Mary (Marbear)
    Thanks to Dennelle at Lake Union for a advance copy of this book. I loved the characters. Each chapter is narrated by a different key character. The book centers around the neighborhood of Sycamore Glen, North Carolina. The book takes place in the summer. Neighbors gather a the swimming pool everyday. Jencey, grow up in this neighborhood. She returns to live with her parents and brings her two daughters. Bryte, was best friends with Jencey, and i...
  • Cristine Mermaid
    I started reading this thinking it was going to be a breezy light-hearted book which is what I was looking for as the last book I read was rather heavy. However, it turned out to be extremely intense, thought provoking, disturbing, inspiring and heartwarming. I was already feeling emotional toward the end as the 'mysteries' were being revealed ( a few I had guessed, others truly surprised me) but then when I read the author's note about the parts...