The Comfort of Lies is an interesting story surrounding several people’s lives. One single woman and two married couples are bound to one another, even though none of them realize it at first.
Five years ago, twenty-something Tia became hopelessly in love with Nathan, even though Nathan is a “happily” married man and father of two boys. During their affair, Tia became pregnant. When she told Nathan she was pregnant, he told her to “take care of it,” and that was then end of their relationship.
Juliette, wife of Nathan, thought she had the perfect life until Nathan came clean about the affair. He never told Juliette about the pregnancy, and all along believed that Tia had “taken care of it” being as he had not heard anything more about the pregnancy or Tia. Juliette spent several years trying to move past Nathan’s affair and to return back to life as usual.
Caroline, a very smart and successful pathologist, was very happy to be living her life with her husband, just the two of them. Peter, however, had always wanted children. Caroline was relieved to find out that Peter could not impregnate her, but Peter still wanted children regardless of where and who they came from. After incessant pressure from Peter, Caroline reluctantly gave into Peter’s wishes and adopted Savannah, the love child between Nathan and Tia.
Five years later, in a whirlwind of serendipitous events, Juliette learns the truth about Nathan’s love child (and eventually, so did Nathan). Searching out Tia and the woman who adopted Savannah, all three women’s lives and relationships are change while curiously becoming involved with one another.
What an interesting peek into the lives of these women. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. It gave the reader a sense of understanding of what it could possibly be like to be in Tia, Caroline, or Juliette’s shoes. Ideas I would not have thought of would pop up and really make me think about each situation. Several times I found myself thinking I would do such-and-such, but then in the end understanding the choices that each woman made. Thought provoking and well written, I would definitely suggest this book to those who enjoy contemporary reads.
“Happiness at someone else’s expense came at a price. Tia had imagined judgment from the first kiss that she and Nathan shared. All year, she’d waited to be punished for being in love, and in truth, she believed that whatever consequences came her way would be deserved.”
Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. Married, and the father of two boys, Nathan was unavailable in every way. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption.
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 solid marriage, two beautiful young sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He promised he’d never stray again, and she trusted him.
But when Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. 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. And before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.
Riveting and arresting, The Comfort of Lies explores the collateral damage of infidelity and the dark, private struggles many of us experience but rarely reveal.