February 12, 2013

(11)The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers

The Comfort of Lies

Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Pages: 336


The Comfort of Lies is the story of three women at very different stages of their lives and their lives are intertwined in ways that they do not know.

First there is Tia, she did the unthinkable and fell in love with a married man.  She was so sure that Nathan was going to leave his wife to be with her, especially when she found out she was pregnant with their child.  Now it is five years later and she still feels lost and empty without Nathan and their child.

Next there is Juliette.  She was shattered to her core when her husband, Nathan told her that he had an affair.  He swore that he would never again be unfaithful and so far he has kept that promise.  Well as far as Juliette knows.  It has taken five long years for them to rebuild their marriage but they are now in a good place.

Finally there is Caroline, the driven Pathologist who feels incredibly guilty for not loving her five year old adopted daughter, Savannah, as much as she thinks she should.  She would much rather work than spend the day with her husband and daughter.  And to ease her guilt she buys Savannah everything a little girl could possibly ever want.  And of course she fulfills her part of the open adoption by sending the yearly photos to the birth mother.  But this year, this year, sending those pictures set off a chain of events that  will change things for all three of them.  

The Comfort of Lies was an incredibly moving novel. Told in alternating voices we truly get to see infidelity (and the results) from all sides.  It is so easy for a wife - any wife - to immediately hate "the other woman" - no matter what the scenario, but Randy Susan Meyers really made it hard to dislike Tia.  And really easy to hate Nathan.  lol - Seriously, though, there were things that I liked greatly and disliked intensely about all three women in this book.  I think that is what made me read through it as fast as I did.  It just seemed so real.

Bottom line, there were times when reading The Comfort of Lies was a bit uncomfortable. All three women were easy to like despite their major character flaws and that always  makes for a good read. Pick it up and let me know what you think.

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