Wednesday, February 13, 2013

THE COMFORT OF LIES by Randy Susan Meyers


I stayed up until one o'clock this morning finishing The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers. It's that kind of book.

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.

With compassion and sensitivity, Randy Susan Meyers weaves this complex tale of three women, the men they love, and the little girl that binds them all together. Tia, Caroline and Juliette are as different as three people can be, yet each is realistic, sympathetic and relatable. This book explores the subjects  of marriage, infidelity, parenthood, and adoption and does it in a way that never becomes maudlin or heavy-handed. This is some of the most beautiful, honest and insightful fiction writing I have seen in a long time.

Five enthusiastic stars to this wonderful book! Very highly recommended!

NOTE: I received a copy of this book for FREE from the publisher, Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., in exchange for a written review. There was no expectation that this review be either positive or negative, and I was not given any financial compensation to read the book or write the review. This information is disclosed in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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