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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,136 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randy Susan Meyers Narrator: Amy McFadden Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781480503328
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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; instead, she’s questioning whether she’s cut out for the role of wife and mother.

Five years ago, Juliette considered her life ideal: she had a solid marriage, two beautiful young sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He promised he’d never stray again, and she trusted him.

But when Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. How could Nathan deny his daughter? And if he’s kept this a secret from her, what else is he hiding? Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl. And before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.

Riveting and arresting, The Comfort of Lies explores the collateral damage of infidelity and the dark, private struggles many of us experience but rarely reveal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Randy Susan Meyers's second novel is sharp and biting, and sometimes wickedly funny, when the author skewers Boston's class and neighborhood dividing lines, but it has a lot of heart, too. Meyers writes beautifully about a formerly good marriage—the simple joys of stability, the pleasures of veteran intimacy—and deftly dissects just how ugly things can get after infidelity. The battles these women fight take place on a small stage, yet they're anything but trivial: saving a marriage, making a meaningful career, learning to parent.”

    Boston Globe

  • “An absorbing tale about lies and their emotional fallout in the lives of three women. Meyers creates psychologically complex protagonists by imbuing them with contradictions. This combination of positive and negative traits renders the characters all the more intriguing, for we are never quite sure what they will do until the end.”

    Winnipeg Free Press

  • “Meyers enriches her character development with class and career difficulties, as well as settings involving far differing neighborhoods of Boston. Readers who enjoyed The Memory Keeper's Daughter will feel right at home in the anxious pages of Meyers' captivating novel.”

    Library Review

  • “An affair changes the lives of three women in the second novel by the author of The Murderer's Daughters. Meyers has crafted an absorbing and layered drama that explores the complexities of infidelity, forgiveness, and family.”

    Booklist

  • “The characters crackle with both intelligence and wit. Meyers’ women resonate as strong, complicated and conflicted, and the writing flows effortlessly in this sweet yet sassy novel about love, women, and motherhood.”

    Kirkus Reviews 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/17/2014

    " An affair, an unplanned pregnancy, the wife of the cheating husband, and the adoptive parents all come together in this haunting novel about the choices we make, the consequences of our actions and the meaning of family. How do we heal from our mistakes? This was a more serious book than I expected but I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renee Brown | 1/31/2014

    " Just ok - writing was unremarkable and clunky at times. Characters were so thinly developed. I'm not sure why I read the whole story. Sometimes I can overlook average writing for a dynamic plot but this didn't really have that either. Quick read, took only a day to breeze through. I'm not sure how this book got such great ratings but we all have our opinions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheilah | 1/29/2014

    " This was a good book, but maybe not as good as "The Murderer's Daughters". I finished it, which is saying a lot at this point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com | 1/26/2014

    " I really LOVED this book. It was such a beautifully woven story about three women whose paths cross due to one a man's adulterous act. After the introductions you are completed you are pulled into each of the woman's life's and although all of the women falter, are flawed and are all struggling in their own ways...you can relate to them, you feel for them and you root for them. This story is not a predictable one and keeps you turning pages throughout the entire book. If you want a read that gets into you, The Comfort of Lies is for you. I rate it 4.5 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 1/18/2014

    " A coworker highly recommended this book to me on a few occasions so I was intrigued. The storyline took off pretty quickly, it was an easy quick read. However, the plot as a whole was just mediocre for me. I felt like I was just waiting for something to happen the entire time and the ending was just a let down. I would skip this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 1/9/2014

    " Kind of okay "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 1/4/2014

    " This book started off really well, but for me it started to drag in the middle...the end was kinda of a let down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene Walker | 12/13/2013

    " Recommended for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra aka Sleo | 12/10/2013

    " A strangely compelling tale of the wife, the other woman, and the adoptive mother of the other woman's child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krystyn | 9/5/2013

    " 3.5 not a bad story but the cover description sure made it sound a lot more exciting than it actually was. I felt that a lot of the characters were so whiny at times-it got annoying!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 8/20/2013

    " disliked most of the characters and the content of the story, but was well written "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy F | 8/19/2013

    " Started out pretty good, but then it got really obvious, predictable, and dumb. Stopped reading 70% in when the characters annoyed the crap out of me for the last time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 5/17/2013

    " Great book! Can't wait to read other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikee Huntington | 4/8/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and it was a quick read. The characters were great, but I disposed Tia. She is selfish, immature and trashy. This book helped me internalize some infidelity that I've experienced and let go. "

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About the Author
Author Randy Susan Meyers

Randy Susan Meyers is the coauthor of the nonfiction book Couples with Children. Her short fiction has been published in PerigeeFog City Review, and Grub Street Free Press. Meyers spent eight years as assistant director of Common Purpose, a batterer intervention program, and was director for the Mission Hill Community Centers, where she worked with at-risk youth. She currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Amy McFadden has narrated over one hundred titles in many different genres. She is an Earphones Award winner and was a finalist for a 2014 Audie Award for Best Literary Fiction Narration. She has been acting all over Michigan on stage for the last twenty years and in commercials and film for the last ten. She is a founding member of Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan.