Publisher: Dutton Adult
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5
I don’t usually gravitate towards Women’s Fiction, but last year I read Tracey’s debut, On the Island because of a blogger friend’s recommendation, and I fell head over heels for it. I knew I had to pick up Covet. I find that Tracey’s second novel is entertaining, but my high standards fell a little short.
The story is told from three perspectives: Claire, a woman in her mid-thirties, Chris, Claire’s husband, and Daniel, a potential love interest. It mostly follows Claire, but I have to admit that I had a hard time relating to her. Now it could be that she is nearly two decades older than I am, but a lot of her decisions are ones that I frown upon. I understand why she made those decisions, but I don’t particularly like them. Surprisingly, it is Chris that I actually enjoy reading about in this story. He’s not swoon-worthy-likable in that kind of way, but his character felt very palpable. His stress, love for his family, and his innocence are all qualities that are legitimate. I just felt so empathetic towards him, especially what he had to go through (sorry for being so vague, I just don’t want to spoil!).
The plot for this story is rather simple, yet filled with tons of tension. A lot of the situations are adult-like: Claire and Chris discuss their money problems, unemployment jobs, insurance, etc. This is all very realistic, but I found it to be quite boring at times. The rest of the story is filled to the brim with some good friend & family time, dishonesty, and tragedies. It kept me entertained to see where the character relationships would go and what plot twists would happen next.
In all, Covet could have been a better read for me, but it’s still enjoyable nonetheless. I wasn’t able to relate particularly to Claire, but I was able to sympathize with some of the side characters. The plot is effortless, but not banal. It’s a fairly quick and easy book to read, it just flies by and it’s fun. While it isn’t as good as On the Island, I’m glad I picked this one up, for I am still a fan of Tracey Garvis Graves!