The Comfort of Lies

I’m welcoming another brand new TBYL Reviewer today, Katie Haden. Katie is a fellow book-lover, adores the classics and can’t wait to tell us all about how she’s reading differently with TBYL.

Today Katie is sharing her thoughts on the recently released The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers (Allen and Unwin)…

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I’ll admit, when I started reading The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers, I was a bit sceptical. I’m not a huge fan of traditional ‘chick lit’ and I tend to stick to the safety of the classics. But… if you’re like me, have no fear: in this novel Randy Susan Meyers takes you on a journey that is so personal and intriguing you won’t want to put the book down.

comfort of liesSet in Boston and surrounds, the book is as much a story of the city and its history as the people that call it home. Three women, from different areas, backgrounds and lifestyles are drawn together as the result of an affair six years ago. Tia is young, and gave up her daughter for adoption after having an affair with Nathan. Caroline, a doctor is the adoptive mother of Tia’s daughter, and doubts her ability or love for motherhood; and Juliette is Nathan’s wife, who discovers the truth about Tia and sets out to uncover all the facts.

All three women have different stories to tell. Some readers have said that when reading this book, they didn’t understand the point of view of one, or even two of the characters, but I loved all of them. They gave me a chance to see the same situation from three very different perspectives. I personally loved the character of Caroline, because she represented a voice that is often drowned out or too scared to speak up: the woman who isn’t sure about her instincts. Offering a unique perspective from the eyes of an adoptive mother, Meyers tackles the challenges of motherhood and work, and the guilt that sometimes comes from trying to choose both. Juliette similarly has to make decisions about her home life in order to fulfil the role of what she sees as the ‘perfect wife and mother’, while Tia must confront her past in order to move forward.

Overall, I think Meyers is showing the reader how deciding to tell little lies to protect people may at times be the right decision, whereas in other circumstances it may prove to be the worst possible course of action. All three main characters lack confidence and this in itself is one of the greatest challenges they must overcome. The Comfort of Lies has a powerful message about finding your voice and sharing a truth that should definitely be heard.

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