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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  5,661 ratings  ·  957 reviews
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,
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Dutton Adult
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Tracey Graves
Feb 12, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author of this book.

Women's Fiction. Please note that this book has not yet been released.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

...thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife...
- The Tenth Commandment

Claire and Chris have been together for twelve years. With two children, a year of Chris being unemployed, and now a new job that often takes him away from Claire and the children, their marriage is rocky.

Claire wants and needs Chris's attention. Chris wants and needs to feel productive and useful, to be the provider for his family.

When Claire is pulled over by a cop for having a taillight out, she meets Officer Dan
Aestas Book Blog
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it

Advance Copy Review. Release date: September 17, 2013.

When I first heard that the author of one of my favorite books, On The Island, had written a new book, I didn't even need to know what it was about, I knew I was reading it no matter what. With Covet, Tracey Garvis Graves has once again tackled a potentially controversial topic in a very realistic and relatable fashion. Her writing is vivid and evocative and perfectly portrays each character's side of the story. With Covet actually being clas
Rachel Feldman
Jul 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
I loved On the Island. and I cannot believe this is the same author. It was brutally slow and excruciatingly boring. Claire & Chris live in middle america, happily married with two young children and a great group of soccer mommy and daddy friends. But Chris loses his job in the recession, then can't get another for a long time, sinking into a depression that effects the whole family. When he gets a new job, it keeps him on the road 4 days a week. Claire doesn't know that Chris hates his boss an ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
A marriage on the rocks and a good looking police office...what do they spell? You're right...nothing but trouble! Claire's marriage is strained to the limit and she's extremely lonely and even though she knows she shouldn't, she can't bring herself to turn away from the friendship that Daniel offers. I mean, men and women can just be friends, right?

So, the whole reason I read this book was because of On The Island, a book I really enjoyed. I was hoping that this book would be up to the same st
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
This an interesting novel that explores the complexities of emotional infidelity. The main characters reactions and motivations felt realistic. The story is told from three different perspectives, providing the reader with much needed insight into the mindset of both male leads. I was equally engaged by all three POVs and didn't want to stop reading. The ending and subplots of this novel were, unfortunately, quite predictable and cliche. Also, all of the side characters felt undeveloped
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Covet was a compelling and engrossing read. It felt like a realistic slice of suburban life complete with all the trying obstacles the average family and married couple face. Parts of this story were very emotional to me, and felt very true to life.

Claire married the love of her life, Chris. Chris feels the same, but unfortunately life gets in the way and being imperfect they don’t deal with it in the best of ways. Chris loses his job and that deals a blow to his family and his marriage. Feelin
Sophie's Reading Corner
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Maybe love is like a pendulum. It swings back and forth, slowly, steadily, and sometimes you don’t know where it will come to rest."

Shit If I know how to rate this one! When I started it I thought it wouldn't take more than a 3 from me. When I finished it I wanted to give it 5, so now I think it's fair to take 4 stars.

This story was definitely a roller-coaster of my emotions. I was feeling worried, angry, sad, compassionate, comprehensive, happy, heartbroken, excited. So many emo
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
"We're the Cantons. Sun-kissed, all-American, picture-perfect. By all appearances, we're the ideal suburban family. As long as you don't look too closely."

On the Island was one of my top favorite reads last year, so obviously I was super excited to red Covet, plus the fact that Tracey Garvis-Graves is one of my favorite authors made me even more psyked. And was I disappointed? No, I wasn´t. But I´m gonna be honest and say that I loved her debut novel more. It is pretty hard to top t
Jessica's Book Review
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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This is going to be a hard review to write. First let me say I am a giant Tracey Garvis-Graves fan; On The Island was one of my favorite novels of 2012 and I could reread it over and over again. When I found out Tracey was going to have a new book coming out in September 2013 I was jumping for joy, I couldn’t wait to read Covet.

Covet is a story about a couple that have been married for about 10 years, have two children but are going through a rough coup
Heidi R.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to win an advanced copy of Tracey Garvis Graves' new novel, "Covet". I just received it in the mail this morning and hadn't planned on reading it until tonight...but, as all books do, it was calling to me and I started reading it and couldn't put it down.

This is a story about a marriage on the brink of disaster. It's about the struggle of a husband (Chris) dealing with downsizing, unable to find a job for a year and then finally being hired by a company that has him trave
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jan-16
This is my second novel by Tracey Garvis-Graves and she can take me into a world she has created anytime! Her stories are real, thought provoking and wonderfully captivating. Covet is a novel I didn't want to end and couldn't put down.
As a wife and mother I could understand and empathize with Claire, one of the main characters. In Covet, Claire's husband has lost his job and as a result suffers from depression. Once he is employed again he is constantly travelling. When he is home he focuses on
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2013
Great story!!

First off, let me point out that I struggled to review this book without being a bit spoilery, so please proceed with caution. I don’t give away the ending, but it’s hard to review this story without giving it the proper insight into several of the events that occurred. I’m typically better at this, but this novel just wouldn’t quit my mind and I had so much to say… So, you’ve been warned…

So now that I’ve got that out of the way, let me just say WOW! Just… WOW! Covet clearly offers
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Covet and when it finally arrived in the mail I had a few other books lined up so I thought I’d wait. It was just so new and gorgeous that I decided to just sneak a peak at the first page but it sucked me in right away and I finished it by the next day. It was hard to put down.

Now, let me explain that I’m completely ‘anti-spoiler’ so I didn’t really know what the book was about, other than it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out a few things from the
Lise *friends don't flag*
3.5 I am lonely stars...

I have two blond headed kids and a blond headed husband, I also have blond hair; the all American family living in the burbs in an all American town in Kansas surrounded by a bunch of other all American families.

We all are trying to hide how messed up, issue laden, secret keeping, and depressed we are.

I meet a hot cop...

I start to meet up with Daniel. He is fun to be with, talk to, rides a motorcycle and oh yeah… did I mention he is gorgeous. There is something sad and
Jaime Arkin
So when I found out that Tracey had another book coming out my reaction was probably a bit like this.

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It's no secret how much I loved On The Island... but then I got the warning... "It's women's fiction, so keep that in mind." and I was all, well what the hell is women's fiction... I'm a woman, I like fiction... why wouldn't I like this book?

And I will freely admit that in between staring at the cover and fawning all over how pretty it is, I read the summary. And my heart skipped a beat and
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it

There are some books you stumble across that are easy to read. Light. Fluffy, even. This book is not one of them.

As a married woman whose own life has recently suffered some turmoil, I found it difficult to start. I even had to put it away for a couple of days and build up the nerve to dive back in when I felt more emotionally prepared.

Though I don’t think I could have prepared myself to read this. It was heartbreaking and real and really, I don’t have the words to describe it. Tracey Garvis-Gra
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, hard-choices
A most beautifully real and simplistic read. There were no dark and damaged, out of control characters, or over-played angst - however, there is a true and organic story about life in modern suburbia. It's intentional low-key style only made it more realistic and something that I could most definitely see just about anyone.

I really liked where Garvis-Graves took me because I was seriously sucked in the second I began reading, with each time having to stop becoming increasingly more d
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Graves is climbing on to my must read list. This is my second book by her and I am looking for my next read from her.
This was a unique read. And it was a fast read.
Grab a copy and kick back and enjoy. I recommend it.
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
Jul 28, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: reviewed
DNF at 50% (I really tried!)

I'm so sad I couldn't get into this :(

Claire and Chris are married. But life gets in their way with the stress of unemployment and money worries. Which leads to Chris' depression and the couple drifting apart.

I miss my kids and my house...I miss Claire

Then, Daniel enters the picture and forms a friendship with Claire. I couldn't connect with Claire but I think a lot of women can relate to her situation of going through a rough patch in a marriage.

I made
We’re the Cantons. Sun-kissed, all-American, picture-perfect. By all appearances, we’re the ideal suburban family. As long as you don’t look too closely.

I'm not going to lie and tell you that I didn't find this eerily odd connection to Claire (even writing that brings up some deep emotions within me) to the point where I found myself up in the wee hours of the morning to finish Covet. To say I was simply moved would be an understatement. When you think of infidelity you always imagine that y
Erin Arkin
I loved this book – that is really the best way for me to put it. Yes, this is a story about a marriage but it is more than that. It is also about life, love, friendship, and how we deal with disappointments. Tracy Garvis Graves has written a story that is moving and tackles some heavy topics in a real way. While I was reading I had the butterflies…you know what I’m talking about here. How when you read a story and everything seems so real and you are invested in what happens with each and every ...more
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I’ve never thought that a book was not for me based on the fact of my age, or social economic status, but COVET wasn’t written for me. I am from a generation whose future will look drastically different from the current middle agers and I am from a neighborhood that could never afford that kind of living.

There are moments in this book where I just couldn’t empathize. There is a reason many books end at the wedding, because marriage isn’
Sue Lee
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The sign of a good book to me, is one that I think about when I'm not reading it or after I've finished it. Covet starts out slow and to be honest, I had to really work mid-way through to keep going. However, I'm so glad I did. The beauty of the story can't be fully realized until you read through the whole book.

This is different from other recent contemporary romance novels because frankly, there isn't a lot of action. It's about the demise of an ideal marriage that occurs slowly overtime. The
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ezinwanyi by: Komal
This book put me on blast as a hypocrite :D
I can see why people were up in arms about this one but I loved it. I believe you can love 2 people at the same time. You have to choose which one you want to be with, but you can love them both.
I get Claire, I really get it and the writing was so visceral to me. I have been sleeping on Tracey Garvis-Graves, but not anymore.

Chris Canton lost his job and it took a toll on his self-esteem and eventually his marriage. His wife Claire tried to be supportive
Jacqueline's Reads
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 4-star-books
4 Taboo Stars

Claire is a mother and has been married to Chris for over a decade. Chris has been laid off for a year, but recently landed a new job, which takes him away from the family five nights a week. Claire is lonely and Chris isn’t the easiest person to talk to. So, when police officer Daniel opens a friendship with Claire, she’s hesitant, but too lonely to not pursue the relationship.

Disclaimer to the book: I do not like cheating in books and if it wasn’t for a Garvis-Graves read, I prob
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

I have been a fan of Tracey's writing since On the Island, so I don't know why it took me so long to finally read this book. Once in a while I want to read about married couples and see how they handle their struggles. The author did a great job in showing what was going on between Claire and Chris, and how they both were handling things. My heart broke for both of them, and especially Claire was trying to keep everything together. And all Chris was doing was trying to take care of his family.

Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Finished audiobook on January 1, 2015. Sometimes, you just need to reconnect with a story on your favorites list <3

Reread in July of 2014

Originally read in August of 2013


If you follow me on Goodreads and twitter, you would have seen that I finished this book last week and gave it "ALL THE STARS I CAN GIVE". I wasn't kidding.

I've been sitting on this review for a week now because I was convinced that anything I could possibly put in this space would only lead to massive
The set up
Claire and Chris had a wonderful marriage until he was laid off from his job. They were financially secure with solid savings but it took Chris a year to find another job and things got tough. Their relationship changed because He turned inward and completely shut Claire out, even sleeping on the couch every night so as to not "disturb" her by coming to bed late. She works from home as a freelance graphic artist and they have two young children. And, they live in a neighborhood where t
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It physically pains me to give this book 3 stars. However, I promise to keep my reviews honest. And according to Goodreads, 3 stars means I liked it. And I did like it, but sadly didn’t love it :(

Tracey Garvis-Graves is an extraordinary author. On the Island is on my favorites shelf. Her writing is hypnotic. It’s so smooth and easy to read, I will continue to read every book she writes. This one, though, just didn’t do it for me. It was beautifully written, no doubt about that, but the storyline
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Tracey Garvis Graves is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into thirty-one languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of ...more

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