Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Early Review: Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves
From the author of the New York Times bestseller On the Island.
What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?
Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When he’s offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely.
Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop, and they run into each other again at the 4th of July parade. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they’re spending hours together.
Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and the way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire’s marital status means their relationship will never be anything other than platonic. But it doesn’t take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads, and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she’ll never cross. ~ Goodreads
Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review
Release date: September 17th, 2013
I have to be honest and say that I did not want to read this book. The subject matter - infidelity - is not one I enjoy reading about even though I know it happens.
I had my friend Ana read it first and give me the thumbs up or down. She loved it and promised I would be ok.
I'm not really going to delve into the plot too much. I know what most of you want to know before reading this book. Is there cheating? There’s a lot of grey area here and it’s really up to the reader to say what lines have been crossed. What I will say is that Tracey Garvis-Graves has a talent for writing flawed but realistic characters facing real life dilemmas.
By writing different POV's for Claire, her husband Chris and the other man, Daniel, she sidesteps clichés and villains and writes a story with characters that anyone can relate to. No matter your opinion on the subject.
Covet cuts to the heart of relationships and how easy it is to take people and things for granted and asks if forgiveness is possible.
Final thoughts: As someone who has been married to their best friend for 26 years, I can say that the author has written a touching, honest account of marriage and the events that test it's bonds. Yes it was hard to read at times but my friend Ana was right…I was ok. Happy even at how this sensitive subject matter was handled.
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