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The Comfort of Lies

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  4,206 ratings  ·  614 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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* 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
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
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
Laura Kay Bolin

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
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!
Mary Gramlich
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
May 01, 2013 Riya rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Jodi Picoult, Danielle Steele, and Jennifer Weiner
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
Jennifer King
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
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“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
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
Christina Hodge
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
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
**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 acti
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
Robin Black
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
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

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
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
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
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
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!
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.
Carla Palmeiro
I guess what I liked the most about this book was how real these 3 woman were, I saw parts of me in these characters, throughout the entire book, especially Tia and Juliette. The way they dealt with the anguishes of marriage, of unrequited love with the pressure of married and professional life felt so real to me and for that the author deserves mad kudos.

What I didn’t like so much was the rushed ending.

I guess the entire time I was expecting a shocking development, a punch in the stomach, part
Gordana Vuckovic-Glusac
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.
Beth Ann
I found this book on a list of "5 books you might have missed reading but need to read" and am so glad I did. The story of Tia, Nathan, Caroline and Julliette along with the rest of the cast is a complicated tale of an affair, a child, an adoption and the complications that evolve as a result of those relationships. An easy and enjoyable read the author drew me in with her captivating style and I felt that I was a part of the story along the way. I found myself cheering them on, yelling at them ...more
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
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
"It is better to be told a hurtful truth than to be told a comforting lie. In the end, the truth will make it's way out and will hurt much more than it ever has too " anonymous . Married Nathan has a long ongoing affair with Tia, until he finds out she is pregnant. Then he leaves her and goes back to his happy little family of a wife and two young sons. Tia has the baby and gives her up for adoption to Caroline and Peter, however parenthood is mostly Peter's idea, Caroline knowing she is more a ...more
Andrea Guy
Randy Susan Meyers has created a book that involves a subject that sends terror into the hearts of most wives, infidelity.

In The Comfort Of Lies, she weaves a story of three women and how one choice affects all of their lives.

None of these women are perfect and each have to deal with the choices they made. I found it hard to like any of these women, but I did feel sorry for each one of them in different ways.

Tia was the other woman who ended up pregnant from her affair. She's a mess. Even up to
Obviously, other readers are seeing something in this novel that I am not seeing. My Goodreads friends mostly gave this 4 and 5 stars, and while I did like it, I wasn't blown away by it.

Meyers does write very flawed characters : this I have no problem with, on the contrary. The novel is very character driven, too, and it isn't about twists and turns - again, something I usually absolutely enjoy. While far from perfect, these three women were surprisingly human, easy to relate to. I did have some
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I was born in Brooklyn, New York, where I quickly moved from playing with dolls to incessantly reading, spending most of my time at the Kensington Branch Library. Early on I developed a penchant for books rooted in social issues, my early favorites being "Karen" and "The Family Nobody Wanted." Shortly I moved onto Jubilee and The Diary of Anne Frank.

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