Book Club: The Things We Wish Were True

In an effort to start reading more from my Kindle, I took the time to get one of the books I borrowed from the Kindle Library out of the way. I stumbled upon The Things We Wish Were True and after seeing how highly it was rated, I promptly started reading it. I actually kind of wished I read this book later since it read like the perfect beach read but I also appreciated how quickly I could get this read and done. 


Goodreads reviewIn 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?
My review: The story is told through the viewpoint of six different characters, one of whom is told as a first person narrative (Cailey). As I was reading this book, I thought it would have made a great beach read as the book was well paced with short, easy sentences. The only thing that was confusing (at least in the beginning) was the fact that there are so many characters introduced all at once.
We are first introduced to Cailey - a latchkey kid who lives with her single mom and younger brother in the "eyesore" house of the neighborhood. She is at the center of a neighborhood drama when her younger brother has a near accident at the pool.
Then there's Zell, the kindly woman who is the epitome of "southern hospitality." She watches the kids from next door when their newly single dad, Lance, has trouble keeping up the household. She also harbors a secret that has to do Lance's 'single' status. 
Then there's Jencey and Bryte - two women who were childhood friends until a tragic incident forces Jencey to flee from Sycamore Glen and break up with her boyfriend, Everett. Jencey comes back to her old home after years to find that Everett and Bryte are married. 
I actually really enjoyed this book. There was a quiet charm within the southern neighborhood of Sycamore Glen that made me almost want to move there. There weren't a lot of excessive descriptions of characters (which I like because it wasn't necessary), and the pacing of the story was perfect. I said earlier that it would be a great beach read and I stand by that so those of you traveling soon, this would be a good book to have on hand during a lazy tanning session.

Thanks for reading!

10 comments

  1. What a cool read- I am traveling so much here in the next few weeks, so book rec's are much appreciated right now. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  2. Oh, I love those neighborhood stories! No wonder why Desperate Housewives was one of my favorite shows :D
    Would love to give this book a try! <3

    www.callmemaddie.com

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  3. I really enjoyed this book as well! I, too, wish I read it at the beach rather than under the covers this past winter haha
    eyelinerwingsandprettythings.com

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  4. This sounds like an interesting read! I always like books that share the point of view from several different characters as you piece things together!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  5. How interesting!! Great review and thanks for sharing!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: MAXI DRESS IN MALIBU

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  6. It is a good intention to use more the Kindle as I neither read at the moment anything on it :) Thanks for the review, sounds interesting!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  7. aw I Love this blog post!!

    www.londonstylegirl.com

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  8. I'm always looking for new books to add to my wish list! Thank you for sharing!

    Lauren x Huggled

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  9. This book sounds pretty interesting! I recently got a Kindle and I'm still not really familiar with it but I do want to try reading more with it!

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  10. Im really curious about this book! Im always looking for something new to read, and it is not always easy to find something good!
    xoxo

    Ileana

    Novelstyle Blog

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