Release date: 17th September 2013
Publisher: Penguin Books
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 runs into her 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 read On the Island a few years ago and immediately fell in love with the authors story telling style so when I got my hands on Covet I knew without a doubt I would not be disappointed.
The Story revolves mostly around Claire and Chris who have been married for a while. Chris lost his job and is having trouble getting a new one. This obviously puts a severe strain the finances and their relationship. Chris’s ego has taken a major hit and while Claire tries her best to help she feels completely shut out. But there are also the neighbours, they also have drama of their own and we also take a look at how they choose to handle this. In the midst of it all Claire meets Daniel Rush, a ridiculously good-looking police officer. Daniel knows he shouldn’t even think about Claire but he cant help it and slowly they get to know each other. And from just helping with a job and a speed sign they develop an unlikely friendship. Although how long will it be before they cross the line as they cannot keep on denying what they feel for each other.
What can I say, I absolutely loved this book. It addressed a real situation that I believe most women experience in marriages. What happens when you feel estranged from you husband? You love him but then someone else is giving you the attention you need. Its harmless initially but it could snowball into soo much more. The neighbors were interesting as well and they also had their own issues and I guess they were there to kind of remind you of the wrong ways to handle issues in your marriage. Elisa was the only one who had her head on straight.
I liked reading the story from the different characters perspectives, understanding moments when Chris felt inadequate or even angry with himself for his behavior. Understanding Daniel was the best as he was my favorite character. He is such a good guy with self-control of the saints that I doubt many men like him actually exist today. He was the voice of reason in the book. His need and longing for Claire could be felt through the pages of the book.
I was sad with the emotional bits but it was bound to happen eventually.
The story hit a cord with me and just like On the Island the story still lingers with me every now and again. It will be hard to fill the void now that the book is finished.