20 November, 2013

Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves [Kathy, Collections Orewa]


With a summary that mentions a handsome policeman, a lonely housewife, and a depressed husband, this book could have easily turned into one of those steamy romances, but is instead more about a marriage than an affair.Claire's husband Chris has returned to a demanding job after a period of unemployment and is hardly ever home. He seems to have lost interest in his wife, so when she meets Daniel, a local policeman, she welcomes his friendship. The friendship however is always on the edge of developing into something more serious and Claire struggles with this.

The story is told by the three main characters, mostly by Claire, sometimes by Chris, and briefly by Daniel. I liked how this gives the different viewpoints and this reinforces the fact that there is always more than one side to a story.
It's not all about the relationships between the three main characters; the book also touches on family, friendships, depression and diabetes (Claire is a diabetic).
As the relationship between Daniel and Claire got more intense I was curious to find out how it was going to end -in this situation there's not going to be a happy ending for at least one of the characters. Tracey Garvis Graves crafts believable scenes with realistic characters and I felt like they were people I knew, not just characters in a book. That's probably why I liked it so much, it was set in a suburban world with situations that we all know.
A thought provoking read and a good book club choice as there are lots of issues to debate.

Title: Covet
Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
ISBN:   9780525954071
Published: 2013
Publisher: Dutton

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