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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers

Publisher: Atria
Released: 2013
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5/5


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. 


  1. I felt the same way about this one. I enjoyed the book but I did not like any of the characters at all.

  2. Hrm, I don't know about this one. I don't necessarily have to like the characters in a book but I do have to at least care about them and I'm not sure if I would in this book!

  3. The story sounds good enough but I think I would feel like you and Meg. I have to at least care about some characters somewhat to keep reading.

  4. I have heard that the characters in this one are repulsive, but it doesn't stop me from wanting to read the book. Sometimes I need some good characters to hate!

  5. I just finished a book where I did not like any of the characters, but it was a good read. I've got this one on my stacks.

  6. I don't have to like characters to like a book. This one sounds good to me!

  7. O I could see this being hard for me. I'm a character girl. Thanks for the warning.