Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
Date(s) read: September 10 – 12, 2013
Source: Publisher (ARC)
From the author of the New York Times bestseller On the Island.
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.
Thank you to Amanda at Dutton Books for the review copy!
Without a doubt, I love Tracey Garvis Graves. Ever since I read On the Island — a book I put off for quite some time before reading, silly me! — I knew that I had a winner on my hands. AND definitely an author to add to my auto-buy list!
Of course, after my love of On the Island, I was scared for the next book. I mean, could Tracey’s next book live up to that first one? Short answer: Yes. DEFINITLEY yes. I may have had my reservations going into the book, but once I started reading the story I remembered how amazing Tracey’s writing was and was immediately swept into the story of a couple who are having issues with their marriage.
Really, the plot seemed too simple, which might explain why I wasn’t sure about how good it would be, but I was sucked in in the first pages and really needed to know more about Claire and Chris’s relationship, who this Daniel person was and how he fit into the whole picture — not to mention the secondary character’s, Claire’s friends, who had issues of their own. It really was a story about how no marriage is perfect, even though it may look like it on the outside.
Claire was a very likable character. I felt so sorry for her and her relationship with Chris and could really sense how alone she felt. Chris, on the other hand, really took some time to warm up to. His whole work ethic drove me nuts and I just couldn’t understand how Claire could stay with him, how she could put up with the things she put up with. By the time I was about halfway through the story, I was frantically turning the pages (however ‘frantic’ page turning can be on an ereader), wondering how the story would end. Would Claire fight to save her marriage? Would Chris?
The pacing of this story was perfect. In the beginning I wondered why the story seemed to revolve around Claire’s day, but it all started to pull together as I kept reading. I really enjoyed the narrative being split up between Claire, Chris, and Daniel. It was nice to not get just a one-sided story from Claire’s point of view, but to really get inside of the head of the two leading men.
Tracey Garvis Graves is such a wonderful writer and I really can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. Her characters are relatable and real and she does a perfect job of weaving stories together so that we care about ALL the characters in a story, instead of just the main characters. I highly recommend this one!