Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Review: The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers

The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers
Atria Books
February 2013
Format: Hardcover, 323 pages
Source: Library

Happiness at someone else's expense came at a price. Tia had imagined judgment from the first kiss that she and Nathan shared. All year, she'd waited to be punished for being in love, and in truth, she believed that whatever consequences came her way would be deserved.

Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. Married, and the father of two boys, Nathan was unavailable in every way. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption.

Five years ago, Caroline, a dedicated pathologist, reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband. She prayed her misgivings would disappear; instead, she's questioning whether she's cut out for the role of wife and mother.

Five years ago, Juliette considered her life ideal: she had a solid marriage, two beautiful young sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan's affair. He promised he'd never stray again, and she trusted him.

But when Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. How could Nathan deny his daughter? And if he's kept this a secret from her, what else is he hiding? Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl. And before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.

Riveting and arresting, The Comfort of Lies explores the collateral damage of infidelity and the dark, private struggles many of us experience but rarely reveal.

My thoughts: This was the August pick for the Book Lovers Unite book club and again, I have to hand it to Tamara for picking another winner! This book is so rich with discussion points that it really does make a great pick for book clubs.

The biggest theme that this book explores is infidelity and how it can have repercussions beyond those directly involved. In this case, there are three families affected by an affair between Nathan and Tia and it's not until five years after the affair that the whole story comes out when Nathan's wife, Juliette, intercepts a letter from Tia. Randy Susan Meyers takes a unique approach in this book by giving us a look into everyone that is affected by this affair, allowing us to empathize to a certain extent with all the characters. While I didn't necessarily love any of these women, I did feel sorry for them all at one point or another.

I also found it very interesting to get the different view points on motherhood from each of the three women in this book. From the mother that gives up her child, to the woman that finds out a child was the result of an affair five years earlier, to the woman who adopts this child - each of these women approach motherhood and it's responsibilities differently.

Have you read this one? What did you think?

2 comments:

  1. I have read this and even though I did not like most of the characters it was a good read.

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    1. It was definitely one of those books were even though the characters weren't all likeable, the plot was interesting enough to continue reading.

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