Review: Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves

September 3, 2013 Adult, Book Review 8 ★★★★

I received this book for free from Won in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

CovetCovet by Tracey Garvis-Graves
Published by Dutton Adult on September 17th 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction
Format: ARC
Source: Won
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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.

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It’s probably important for me to start off this review by clarifying that this is not a Young Adult read like I typically read and review. Covet is Women’s Fiction, an adult contemporary about a marriage and relationships.

Though we get the point of view from three characters, the book is very much Claire’s story. Claire’s husband, Chris, spent months being unemployed which led him to become withdrawn from his family and depressed. After taking a job that requires him to be away from his family even more, Claire starts to feel very alone, until she makes a friend in police officer Daniel.

Daniel and Claire have an obvious connection and this book explores whether or not friendship between a man and woman can work outside of a marriage. I found myself torn because I knew how much Chris and Claire loved each other, despite the hardships in their marriage, but I also felt for Daniel. His own personal story broke my heart and I wanted him to find the happiness he deserved. What I loved about Daniel’s character in regards to Claire, he never pushed her into anything more than friendship and let her state the boundaries even though he had grown to love her. There is no physical cheating here, though emotionally is probably another story. It was sad to see everyone longing for a happiness and to feel loved. It was utterly heartbreaking and was such a beautiful and touching story. I commend the author for portraying the characters the way she did so we feel for everyone.

I set the phone on the nightstand and take a deep breath. There’s a man downstairs who has every right to be in this bed with me, but he isn’t interested. And there’s a man who doesn’t have any right at all, yet he sounds as though he’d give just about anything for the opportunity.
I have never felt more alone.

My only gripe is I felt like parts of the book dragged. We take a close look at Claire’s day to day and sometimes I found it to be boring and monotonous in places. Like lots of details of every little thing she does, almost feeling step-by-step at times. Maybe that how marriage can sometimes feel though? lol I’m probably nit-picking here and perhaps it is just me, but it was enough for me to notice and be a tad bit bothered by it. Once the story got rolling though, I was engrossed in these characters and the plot.

As someone who was utterly captivated by the author’s, On the Island, I am pleases to have read another wonderful novel by this author. And though it didn’t quite hold the page-turner quality as her last novel for me, I would still recommend it to those who want to read a touching story about love and friendship. Can’t wait to see more from this author!


About Tracey Garvis-Graves

Tracey Garvis-Graves is the author of On the Island and Covet. She lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. She blogs at using colorful language and a snarky sense of humor to write about pop culture, silly television shows, and her suburban neighborhood. You can e-mail her at She’d love to hear from you.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

8 Responses to “Review: Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves”

  1. Aman

    I’m reading this one right now and I agree, it’s not much of a page turner but still, I’m so drawn to the story. I’ve mixed feelings about it because it’s such a taboo story, but I guess, it all depends on the end. I really rooting for Chris. It’s great that you enjoyed it, Sara. Lovely review! 🙂
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  2. Lisa (Lost in Literature)

    I give you a lot of credit, Sara… you read your review books in such a timely fashion it seems you’re always a book or two ahead of me!! Because of this I don’t get to really read your reviews thoroughly because I always have the book coming up for my own review and I don’t like to taint my reading of it, so I often come back and read them after my reviews are posted. But I always look at your star ratings, and I’m happy to see 4 stars this time. 🙂 So, as always, I’ll be back to THOROUGHLY read your review once I’ve read and reviewed this one myself. 😀 (I know, I know… I’m so WEIRD! LOL!)
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  3. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    I have never been a fan of books with cheating in them, emotional or physical, but I think I can understand where both Claire and Daniel are coming from in this book.
    I’ve heard so much about Tracy’s writing style, but I haven’t picked up anything by her yet.
    This does sound like an emotional read, not something I’m looking for at the moment. Lovely honest review though, Sara!
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  4. starryeyedjen

    Lovely review. I still haven’t read On the Island, though I won a copy ages ago. I like the sound of this one, though, and that quote definitely has me intrigued. Sometimes I need to branch out and read something more adult, and I think this author’s books would be a good place to start. 🙂
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