Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Title: Covet
Publisher: Dutton
Pub Date: September 17th 2013
Author: Tracey Garvis-Graves
Received From: Dutton

What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else? 

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. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely.

Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop, and they run into each other again at the 4th of July parade. 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. 

Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and the way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire’s marital status means their relationship will never be anything other than platonic. But it doesn’t take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads, and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she’ll never cross.

I could barely bring myself to start Covet, I'll fully admit I was nervous.  I loved On The Island so much that I was scared to see what came to the table from Tracey Garvis-Graves as a second novel, totally unrelated to On The Island.  But it only took me a few moments to get sucked into new characters and a new story. I just don't know how it is that the author manages to get into my head with characters I cannot put down once again. 

Then what happened to me is I read the book, and couldn't stop thinking about it. I started my review.. and could not finish it, I could never say quite the right things that rolled around in my mind.. hence why I am not a writer.. So here it is, months of thoughts on Covet that have overtaken my brain. 

Covet moves between the voices of Claire, her husband  (very strained) Chris and Local Police officer and new friend in Claire's life Daniel. I love this chance to be inside the minds of more than one character and to kind of understand how they feel about the things happening in the story.  When your in a relationship with someone you deal with so many changes. feelings and desires that change throughout that time frame. This is really the story of how Claire and Chris change due to circumstances in their lives. There are some moments in their story that gripped my heart, moments where I didn't know what I wanted for Claire. I felt as confused as she was about her situations and couldn't form my own opinion. I was just sucked into reading more and knowing how the lives of Claire and Chris and Daniel were brought to this point and how to move forward! 

To sum this up I have to say that Covet is the book that every women who has ever been married, or is ever considering marriage is going to want to read. It is another 5 star WIN from Tracey Garvis-Graves!