The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A story of untold secrets within a neighborhood is my one-sentence quip for this book. But along with that, it has some mysterious elements that are floating around in the shared air. From the synopsis, you can already gather that this "almost-accident" changed the summer here. I would beg to say that it's more, what happened because of the accident is that it brought everyone who was already connected in some invisible way together.
I feel like this is a very easy read with lots of subplots, so you do have to constantly be going around in your head trying to figure how this happened, or why she didn't tell him that, etc. Sometimes I even felt like there were some irrelevant subplots that weren't necessary and I wasn't interested in, that's why I would give away that one star.
There are a lot of family dramas that are involved in here, which leads up to the climax. I think that the one thing that I liked the most about it is that it's told from multiple characters POV, so basically all of the characters that are heavily involved. I noticed that someone commented on the fact that, based on observations, Cailey is the only one who was written in first person which may lead the reader to believe that she was the main character.
And I think that would be perfectly appropriate, especially since she was a newcomer who had moved again, so we can get that extra element of an outside perspective trying to assess "what the hell is going on in here?" and someone who doesn't necessarily know the extensive history of the people that are here.
The tension is visible in this book, because it seems like there are so many strained relationships that you are trying hard to figure out. Once I got hooked to this book, it was almost impossible to put it down, with is always the highest praise.
**Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an e-arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.**
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