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The Comfort of Lies

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  5,949 ratings  ·  751 reviews
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
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feb 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
* Warning! I cuss...a lot...that is all*

I read this book in four hours, and I can think of a dozen things I could have done with my time, such as:
*Get my wisdom teeth pulled
*Cleaned out that closet
*Done this pile of laundry that is threatening to eat me while I sleep

Incase you couldn't tell by my list (⬆) I am not a fan of The Comfort of Lies.

When I received this book for review I was excited to "clean my palate" and read something different. With that being said I am VERY picky when it comes to
Mar 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book made me wish I could magically climb into the pages so I could slap every female character in there for making the rest of us look bad.
Colleen Turner
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
When Tia began an affair with Nathan she knew he was married with two young boys and she knew it was wrong. However, Nathan made her feel safe and cared for, something she had so rarely felt before. The well tended illusion of their love was shattered, however, when Tia became pregnant and Nathan told her in no uncertain terms that he would never leave his family to be with her. Devastated by the rejection, Tia decided to give her child up for adoption, picking a well to do couple to raise her d ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a downer. The Boston Globe review quoted on the cover says it's "...sometimes wickedly funny." What?! This was about three unhappy women doing stupid things to make their situations worse. I wanted to smack them all. Especially Tia. Like Cher said in Moonstruck: Snap out of it!
Laura Kay Bolin
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews

The lives of three women intersect, because of one man. Nathan is married to Juliette and they have two boys and a beautiful life together. For reasons he can't explain he begins an affair with Tia, a young woman from the South side of Boston. Nathan has the best of two worlds until Tia tells him she is expecting a baby. Nathan tells her to take care of it and walks out of her life. He later confesses his affair to his wife.

Tia trying to redeem herself fro
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Jodi Picoult, Danielle Steele, and Jennifer Weiner
Shelves: chick-lit, affairs
Once again, I am faced with very conflicting feelings about a book that a majority of people have liked but that I have found not to be as good as I expected.

Guys, I am starting to feel like a freak here. What is wrong with me?!!

If you look at the Goodreads reviews, it seems like everyone and their mother has fallen in love with this novel, and yet . . . I am not that satisfied with it (as much as it pains me to admit this). I feel BAD writing this because it is a book that I received a free di
Mary Gramlich
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One action, one reaction, one decision can change everything

Tia wanted love and thought she had found it in Nathan. The joy of them sharing a life and the baby she found she was carrying would bring everyone happiness. Nathan already had happiness with a wife and children he built a future around. Tia was a distraction he no longer desired, so he walked away and the baby they created was being loved in another woman’s house.

Caroline loved her daughter, Savannah but at times did not understand he
Jennifer King
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Some novels tread lightly around the lives of the characters involved, and some skim around heartbreak to arrive at truth, but this book is not one of those. THE COMFORT OF LIES is an excellent and compelling peek into the troubled inner lives of three women.

The story moves along swiftly, shifting from one perspective to another, creating women so real it's impossible to believe that they are not. With a fluid writing style, Meyers sweeps the reader into a full-color world centered around the c
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
The Comfort of Lies is told from the perspectives of three different women. Tia had an affair with Nathan (a married man), got pregnant, and gave the baby up for adoption five years ago. Caroline and her husband adopted the girl, though Caroline is not sure that she is cut out for motherhood. Juliette is Nathan's wife; on discovery that Nathan had a child from his affair, she becomes obsessed with the girl.

I felt very "meh" about this book. The characters are reasonably well developed, but are n
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the publisher:

“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 u
**First of I would like to thank Atria Books for giving me this copy, via Netgalley**

I'm unsure how I felt when reading The Comfort of Lies, was I moved? Did I connect to the characters? Not really. I had certain expectations going into this, I thought when I sat down to read it that maybe I should move the tissue box a little closer, just in case.

I didn't need them.

I guess all the characters could make someone feel for them, but for most part any low times and sadness is due to their own act
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tia was seeing a married man named Nathan. That is until Tia told him that she was pregnant with his child. Nathan told Tia to take care of the situation but that he was not leaving his family. Tia gives birth to a baby girl. She gives her up for adoption.

Juliette is the wife of Nathan. She has a happy family with Nathan and her two boys. Everything is perfect. That is until Nathan breaks the news that he had an affair.

Caroline and Peter adopt Tia’s baby and name her Savannah. Although to Tia
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was ok

As the book jackets states, this is the story of three women whose lives intersect over a baby. It is definitely that with all the associated angst oozing out. While I was able to get through it all (I’m on vacation and have lots of time and few books), it is a quickly forgettable book with stereotypical and bland characters. The single women who becomes pregnant from her affair with a married man and then turns to drink and drugs to deal with the psychic aftermath of relinquishing her child. Sh
Feb 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
So, I almost abandoned this book about half way through; when I got done reading it I wished I had. This is the type of book that completely rubs me the wrong way. All of the character's in the book are on a journey to discover that they are in fact exactly where they should be in their lives. None of them were likeable and the plot was slow, predictable and lacked emotion. This was not for me.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Predictable, unexciting, unrealistic. I wanted to like it, but I should have known it would not be my cup of tea from the synopsis. I wanted to shake all three of these women (and believe me the men were not one bit better).
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Randy Susan Meyers' THE COMFORT OF LIES will have you burning the midnight oil. It's an impossible-to-put-down kind of book.
Five years ago Tia and Nathan had an affair that produced a baby. The problem is that Nathan was married and loved his wife Juliette. Tia believed she had found her soul mate and convinced herself that Nathan felt the same about her but he had no intention of leaving Juliette.
Nathan confessed the affair to Juliette but never mentioned the pregnancy, assuming that Tia would
May 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I agree with several other reviewers - the women in this novel were all so unlikable, I found it difficult to invest in, or root for, any of them! They seemed more like caricatures than characters - needy, self-loathing, fragile Tia still can't get over Nathan five years later; career-obsessed Caroline wants out of motherhood and wishes she could just have her "old life" back; beautiful, successful Juliette goes completely nuts when she learns about Nathan's daughter.

As much as I disliked her, I
Christina (Hodge) Chappelle
In the midst of a sinus infection, combined with a large stack of papers to grade, I COULD NOT put this book down...the various perspectives offered, along with the depth of character development, all gave the characters in this book, personalities that readers can definitely identify addition, this is an ideal read for book clubs, since there are so many moments/decisions/situations to discuss....relatable characters allows readers to either identity thru themselves or others, their o ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'll save everyone the time and effort to read 325 pages--just read the blurb or the cover jacket, and that's about 300 of the pages right there. I kept waiting for the story to happen.

As an aside, since I know nothing about New York neighborhoods I had no idea of the setting of any of the families. Meyers did so much research on two of the women's occupations (research of eye cancer and development a skin care line) but I was just skimming all those details. Way too much info that wasn't neces
Robin Black
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this book. I am a fan of Meyers's debut novel THE MURDERER"S DAUGHTERS so I had my hopes up for this one and it more than lived up to them. The first thing I love about Randy Susan Meyers's work is how un-prettied up her characters are. They aren't saints. They aren't Pollyannas. They are just people trying to get through their lives - complete with mistakes and with compromises and with unexpected connections made too. They're the sort of characters ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 4-star, march-2013
I ended up liking this book more then I thought I would. I usually dislike books populated by whiney,spoiled and selfish characters and this book had plenty of them. The writing was good and story was interesting and they mostly ended up likable. 4 Stars
Gordana Vuckovic-Glusac
Apr 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book insults every part of my female being.
Can't believe how anyone is capable of writing and publishing such bunch of unrealistic and insulting stuff about women.
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Three mothers. Two fathers. One daughter. What a tangled web we weave...

This book was refreshing for me, in that I had just read 3 or 4 books that I devoured quickly - they were can't-put-'em-down reads. Compared to the pace I had been on, this was like a leisurely visit, something to ponder over almost a whole week.

And there was a lot to ponder.

This book was challenging for me because I am adopted. And the mess that this turns into is exactly why I stay away from making any efforts to
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm still digesting this book. The book description sets the book up perfectly. The reader knows the basic facts and the characters involved. But this is contemporary lit which involves complex relationships.

The best way to approach this book is to withhold judgment which is incredibly difficult, given the subject matter. This helps with understanding all points of view.

Nathan is a middle aged college professor who stupidly has an affair with a vulnerable young woman. He loves his wife and his
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"'Have you considered that you're in the wrong place? Maybe you think you're standing still because you are. You're the only one who can move yourself.'"

"Dear God, why did she ever let him in her bed? Becoming imprinted on a man was too easy. Sleep with one damned man in five years, boom, you're marked. Being wanted, even by the worst of them, opened the door to that awful gratitude brought on merely by the knowledge of that desire. Couple that with the simple pleasure of a warm body and having
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of those rare books where I did not particularly like any of the three main characters but I still really enjoyed reading the story. Caroline, Juliette, and Tia were all well drawn out characters that felt real and I became very involved with reading about the problems that each woman faced. I did not feel any connection to any of the characters but Meyers does such a good job of bringing all three woman to life that I found myself really getting into the story without feeling a conn ...more
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - no surprise since Randy's first book "The Murderer's Daughters" was such a timely and beautifully written story. The Comfort of Lies is -to me - a story about the decisions we make in life: some well thought out; some spontaneous; some reckless. It's about learning how to live with those decisions and their consequences. The three women in the book are all women that we know. Or maybe they are women that we are or have been. The topics; infidelity,truth in our relationships,a ...more
Virginia DeLuca
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This another wonderful, hard- to- put -down book by Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer's Daughters. The Comfort of Lies tells the story of three women who are connected by their relationship to one little girl. The women are complicated characters, facing difficult choices and confronting their internal and external beliefs about what it means to be a good mother, and ultimately what it means to love. The story is engaging, page turning and makes us think about our own beliefs about love ...more
Therese Walsh
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oof, this was a good one. The Comfort of Lies explores the long-ranging ripple effects on several households following an infidelity that results in a pregnancy. Randy Susan Meyers writes very human characters; we see the grit of who they are, the self-doubt, the subtle changes that they make over time and the reasons behind those changes. I loved this book and know these characters will be with me for a long time to come. Thank you, Randy, and brava!
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
One thing that drives me crazy about this author's writing is that it is a knock out in re: to quality, but I have always felt that this author could go a bit darker and/or not have things wrap up with nice red ribbons. BUT SHE ALWAYS DOES! She did that again with this book that made me want to throw the book at the wall at the end and say YEAH RIGHT! Because it was a library book...I simply rolled my eyes.
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