Author: Lia Weston
Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia
Release date: 27th March 2018
Pages: 320 pages
Never went to university but must have a graduation photo?
Want to see the pyramids in Egypt but don't like flying?
Wondered what it's like to walk down the red carpet at the Oscars or to marry Chris Hemsworth?
Sometimes imagination is not enough...
Thomas Lash grants secret wishes, creating wishes, creating for people their ultimate fantasy. With expert photoshopping skills and an uncanny ability to know exactly what you desire, Thomas has turned digital manipulation into a booming business, creating picture-perfect lives for customers... on-screen, that is. From jilted grooms to mourning parents, he'll never say no to a job. But where do you draw the line... and what happens when the fantasy Tom sees on screen starts to bleed into his real life?
Thoughts on the book: The third novel from Lia Weston, You Wish tell the story of Thomas Lash, co founder of IF (Ignas Fatuus) which produces personal photo albums that customers have requested, be it getting rid of a groom from their wedding shots or bringing to life an album through the years of the child that they lost. It seems Thomas knows what you want before you even know what you want which is a good knack to have in this business. While his business life seems to be thriving the same can't be said for his personal life. Thomas recently broke up with his girlfriend after realising that she was trying to change him into the person she wanted him to be and that he was never really in love with her. After finding photos of his dream girl Thomas becomes obsessed with her even resorting to stalking women he believes are her. But what happens when his whole world comes crashing down when all the fantasy is taken away?
Thank you so much to Clare from Pan MacMillan for my ARC of You Wish by Lia Weston it was so much more than I thought it would be. I haven't read Lia Weston's other two books so went in blind to You Wish and I think that is the best way to go into it. This story certainly has a lot to offer and makes you think a lot about where technology is headed, how much we spend on social media and how we portray ourselves on social media always looking for the perfect photos to post. Thomas is an easy character to love and you are constantly rooting for him to pick up his life or open his eyes to what is happening right in front of him. There are some major plot twists, especially towards the end that will have you OMGing and a love interest that is surprising to Thomas but not to us.
You Wish is an amazing light read that will certainly leave you thinking. I can't wait to read more from Lia Weston.