About the Book:
Sometimes imagination is not enough.
Thomas Lash grants secret wishes . . . on-screen, that is.
White wedding gone horribly wrong and need to swap the groom? Never went to university but must have a graduation photo? Need to create a fake family for that job interview? Problem solved with expert Photoshopping and Tom’s peculiar ability to know exactly what you desire. Tom never says no, even when giving grieving parents the chance to see what the lives of their lost children may have looked like.
But where do you draw the line . . . and what happens when the fantasy Tom sees on-screen starts to bleed into his real life?
In today’s tech-driven world where our lives play out daily on social media, You Wish, is an entertaining, timely and thought-provoking read.
You Wish is my introduction to the writing of Lia Weston and I am now feeling like I’ve completely cheated myself by not having read her previous novels. Such wit! I loved this novel, enjoyed it so much, laughing out loud, feeling all of the feels and getting completely caught up in the mystery and action. The characters were all so well collated, bouncing off each other with terrific dialogue; all of the elements that went into crafting this story just popped right off the page in the very best of ways.
You Wish is told from the perspective of Thomas, creative director of IF, a company who deals in the business of photographic wish granting. This was refreshing for me, to read a humorous novel from the male perspective, but written by a woman. And it worked, so well. Thomas is fundamentally likeable, even when he’s stuffing things up. He has a good heart, which is kind why he gets himself into certain scrapes. He’s dedicated to his family, particularly his younger sister who he feels a measure of responsibility towards, and this relationship in particular was a lovely one, totally heart-warming. Thomas is also deeply intuitive, a trait that sees him in a sometimes enviable and sometimes not so enviable position—depending on who he’s intuiting at the time. He was a great guy to spend the duration of a novel with and I found myself wholly championing him at every turn.
The concept behind this story is unique, slightly scary, probably happening currently in some form, and definitely thought provoking. At the basic level, there doesn’t seem much harm in putting yourself into a photo with a celebrity or posing in an exotic location you’ve never visited. But what becomes lies? How far does the moral compass need to swing? As the client requests get more outlandish, the employees at IF begin to find themselves having to justify what they do for a living to family and friends more and more, until eventually, they begin to question it all themselves. In amongst the laughs and mayhem lies an issue of morality that requires deep contemplation. At what point does faking it overtake reality?
You Wish is a highly entertaining novel with widespread appeal. Contemporary and fresh with a realistic cast of characters to champion for, Lia Weston’s natural wit will have you flicking through the pages rapidly long past your bedtime. Comedy, romance, mystery and action all converge in this highly original story that plays out with a distinctive Australian vibe.
Thanks is extended to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of You Wish for review.
About the Author:
Lia Weston is the author of Those Pleasant Girls. In between writing novels, Lia Weston runs a bicycle shop in Adelaide with her husband, Pete, and also works as a freelance copyeditor. You Wish is her third novel.