Book Review: The Comfort of Lies

The Comfort of Lies tells the story of 3 women.  It starts with Tia who is in a relationship with Nathan and she is telling him that she is pregnant.  He wants her to get rid of the baby.  She decides to put the baby up for adoption despite her dying mother urging her not to.

Caroline adopts Tia and Nathan’s baby with her husband Peter.  Peter was the one who decided it was time to have the child and Caroline is not sure that she can be a good mother and put the child first instead of her job as a doctor.

Juliette is Nathan’s wife and doesn’t suspect a thing, although after Nathan finds out Tia is pregnant, he tells Juliette about the affair. He never mentions the pregnancy.

Five years have passed and Tia decides to send a photo to Nathan of their daughter.  Juliette intercepts the mail and is convinced that Nathan knew about the baby and didn’t tell her.  It eats her up inside.

The story follow the three women who are all lying to themselves and others.  All of them are linked somehow with this baby.  Whether they like it or not they are all connected and need to figure out what they need to do.  Should Tia try and get her baby back?  Should Caroline admit to Peter that she isn’t happy and doesn’t think she is a good mother? Should Juliette leave Nathan or can they move on even though he has another child that is not hers?

The book alternates chapters between the women, but always puts who the chapter is about on top, but the story comes together seamlessly from the 3 different points of views (and Nathan even has a chapter.)  Can they all work it out and find compromise between the three women/families?

This book was really interesting and although it was kind of on the long side, I wanted to know what would happen between them all so I was able to read it all in one sitting one day.  I felt for all the women – for different reasons.  The characters were all great and I don’t think I ever was really rooting against any of them, I wanted them all to find their happiness – however that might be.

I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher in order to write this book. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

From the author of the critically acclaimed The Murderer’s Daughters,a compelling novel about three women caught in the aftermath of infidelity.

Five years ago Tia fell into obsessive love. The only problem—Nathan was married and the father of two boys. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption. Now, she’s trying to connect with her lost daughter and former lover.

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 loving family, believed in her marriage, and her business thrived. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He’d promised he’d never stray again and she trusted him. But Juliette never knew about the baby.

Now, when photographs of the child arrive, Juliette’s devastated. 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. Her quest leads to Caroline and Tia and before long, the women are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.

 

About the Book

From the author of the critically acclaimed The Murderer’s Daughters,a compelling novel about three women caught in the aftermath of infidelity.

Five years ago Tia fell into obsessive love. The only problem—Nathan was married and the father of two boys. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption. Now, she’s trying to connect with her lost daughter and former lover.

 

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 loving family, believed in her marriage, and her business thrived. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He’d promised he’d never stray again and she trusted him. But Juliette never knew about the baby.

 

Now, when photographs of the child arrive, Juliette’s devastated. 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. Her quest leads to Caroline and Tia and before long, the women are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.

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