Title: The Comfort of Lies
Author: Randy Susan Meyer
Publication Year: 2013
Setting: New England
Date Completed: April - 2013
The Comfort of Lies in a terrific character study about how infidelity, a resulting pregnancy and subsequent baby given up for adoption effects the lives of so many individuals: (3) mothers, (2) fathers and a now five year old girl, Savannah.
Five years earlier Tia fell in love with with a married man. Nathan had a wife, Juliette, and two young sons that he adored. When Tia became pregnant Nathan walked away. Alone, her mother dying, Tia wanted more for her baby than she could provide at the time so she put the baby up for adoption. Never giving up hope that she could reconnect with the daughter she gave away later on.
Savannah is adopted by a well-off professional couple, Caroline and Peter. Caroline is a pathologist and unsure whether motherhood is right for her, and almost from the get-go problems begin to surface.
This is one of those stories where I can't say too much without giving out some spoilers. It's definitely a case of Nathan, you can run, but you can't hide, and once the secret is found out by all parties involved, no ones life will ever be the same.
The story is told from the various points of view, and although none of the characters were really sympathetic (except for the child), I was heavily engaged in the story, and never really sure how it would end. Readers who enjoy character driven novels, especially ones weighted in the women's fiction category will enjoy this story. I've also read and enjoyed The Murder's Daughters by this author and recommend that book as well.