What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?
Let me say before I continue with my review that I find adultery and infidelity personally abhorrent but as I read Covet, the circumstances that Claire and Daniel find themselves in are all too plausible. In fact, I began to ponder the question simple as it may seem, what is worse an emotional or physical affair? It’s a slippery slope from one seemingly innocent step to the next.
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, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather.
Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they’re spending hours together.
I read and loved Tracey Garvis Graves bestselling novel On the Island. I found the subject matter compelling, even if I did feel that ultimately she pulled her punch in having Anna and T.J. quite unrealistically wait literally years to consummate their union, seemingly until it was more socially acceptable considering the vast age difference between the characters. Then after reading Uncharted I suspected that Garvis Graves success was a perfect example of the one hit wonder, although it was a reasonably entertaining story the purpose seemed lacking other than an opportunity to revisit Anna and T.J.
However, Covet convinced me that Tracey Garvis Graves is a talented storyteller capable of capturing and holding the readers interest in a challenging and competitive marketplace. I only had one issue with Covet, but it was a significant one. The author clearly wishes to depict controversial subject matter in her work for which I applaud her. Nonetheless I believe that her stories would transcend from entertaining albeit somewhat trite novels to something truly remarkable if she would only have her characters take that next step to that place that is not so easily defended and perhaps not quite as morally acceptable.
AUTHOR: Tracey Garvis Graves
RATING: 3 1/2 Stars
GENRE: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
- Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves (thewomensfictionreview.wordpress.com)
- Interview with the author of On The Island, Tracey Garvis-Graves (the-book-ends.com)
- Emotional Affairs, Emotional Cheating (psychologymatters.asia)
- HOW TO GO DISENTANGLE; breaking up an intending affair (emikeoyemade.wordpress.com)