One affair changed the lives of three women. Tia fell in love with a man that was already married. Their affair was wonderful until she told him she was pregnant. His reaction was not what she wanted, and never what she would have expected. Tia decided not to be a single parent and she gave her daughter up for adoption. Caroline, a dedicated pathologist never really saw herself as a mother and was quiet relieved to find out she couldn’t have children. When her husband brought up adoption, she agreed but worried that she wasn’t the motherly type. Juliette was shocked to find out that her husband had an affair. She chose to try and forget and move on, she pushed away her emotions and focused on her family. She thought she was over the affair, until she opens a letter that mentions her husband’s daughter.
The Comfort of Lies was an interesting read but it was very unsettling. It left me wondering if I really enjoyed the book or not. I didn’t like either of the women. Tia knew she would regret giving her daughter up, and I never got the feeling that she did it for her daughter, she did it for herself. She didn’t want to deal with the affair anymore. When Juliette finds out about the little girl she becomes obsessed. The little girl looks just like her husband, and her youngest son. She intercepted the letter from her husband and chose not to tell him for months while she looked into the situation by herself.. Her behaviors seemed very over the top for me. Caroline is a workaholic, and she drove me crazy. She seemed very distant from her daughter, and didn’t want to be bothered.
I decided that I did like the book, but not the characters. If you have trouble enjoying books with unlikable characters this one might be a tough read, as it was for me. The story is a complex, multi-narrator, character driven novel. I think this one is worth the read, it will keep you thinking.