Book: The Comfort of Lies
Author: Randy Susan Meyers
Length: 10hr 47m
My Rating: 2/5
2013 Reading Challenges: 2013 Audio Book Challenge; New Authors Challenge 2013
I’d Recommend to: Basically every character on Brothers & Sisters
“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.
I think this may have been another one I just didn’t get. I mean, I don’t have kids; I don’t have a complicated relationship that has been tested by an affair. I don’t have a reason to question whether I’m cut out to be a wife or mother. Nothing about these characters really resonated in my life.
Then again, Tom Violet and I don’t have all that much in common. I’m not in a similar circumstance as Pat. I don’t share a lot with Shadow. I guess it kind of doesn’t matter if you’re in the same boat as protagonists; what matters is an interesting, engaging character for whom you can root. In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, I want to read books containing characters about whom I care. The Comfort of Lies really missed the mark there; I found almost every character to be annoying, whiny, and emotionally inept. Even the little girl drove me bonkers!
The one redeeming quality is that Meyers writes well; some of her prose really spoke to me (when characters weren’t speaking!). She’s certainly gifted, and I will absolutely look for her next release – this one just didn’t work.
The Last Line:
Meyers is a talented wordsmith, but her characters are less than appealing.