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Covet Hardcover – September 17, 2013
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I'll start at the end: I loved this book!
And for those who, like me, may be worried that Covet falls outside of their comfort zone...let me assure you: It's OK-Go read it!
Gravis Graves does an amazing job of painting an incredibly realistic portrait of suburban life and marriage. Those who are married, know the truth: marriage is hard, marriage is a lot of work, marriage is commitment in its deepest sense. Covet captures this beautifully in it's tale of Claire and Chris' marriage, the struggles and the temptations, and the fight back.
The language is absolutely beautiful and the the three point of views (Clair's being the strongest) are a perfect insight into how all the parties are feeling. I found myself constantly sneaking this one out of my purse during the day...just one more page...just one more chapter... I had to have more. There is just something so addicting about how Garvis Graves writes. It's so beautiful and so emotionally compelling and just so darn REAL that you won't want to put this one down.
NOTE: Review copy recieved from publisher in exchange for my honest review
"Around eleven, after I've had a chance to shower, shave, and respond to several e-mails that need my immediate attention, I take the kids to the pizza parlor near our house. It has an indoor arcade complete with bumper cars, inflatable bounce houses, slides, and a rock climbing wall. The kids would happily spend every Saturday here if Claire and I let them. When we get back home I mow the lawn and toss the football with Josh while Jordan plays in the sandbox. I'm deliriously tired and running on fumes. Claire returns from the bake sale around four and tells the kids to come in and take showers."
What? No description as to the time and place each kid did Number 1 and 2 before going to bed? When they brushed their teeth and washed their face? Blah, blah, blah, blah - blah!
"My schedule is flexible enough that I can spend my daytime hours any way I want, and I don't mind working at night after the kids go to bed, because it gives me something to do.
Sometimes we meet for lunch and sometimes we run errands together. I helped him pick out new carpeting for his living room."
So riveting! I'm surprised the carpet didn't catch fire with all the sexual heat sizzling between them. (Too many eye-rolls and now my head hurts.) If you think that's great, you're in for a treat as you'll get to read the 21 pages dedicated to Claire and the kids all having the stomach flu, and of course, all the vomiting they do. Very captivating indeed.
The end result from this entire novel is a plot that's flat, boring and mundane; with characters that are also flat, boring and mundane; characters that are devoid of any emotion. I didn't feel any attraction between Claire and Daniel, or the love between Claire and Chris either. Here's a married couple who don't even have big loud arguments - they're that boring. Instead of dealing with their crumbling marriage, or acknowledge how neglected his wife feels, Chris is more upset because Claire bought clothes from T.J.Maxx instead of Gymboree or Gap. Really? This is what you want to bitch about?
Considering I didn't like any of the characters, I'd have to say I detested Claire the most. I just didn't find her likeable or to be a smart lady. I thought she was a flake, a complete idiot. I mean seriously, instead of telling Chris that her friend's husband is constantly hitting on her, or trying to figure out a way of dealing with the matter, she figures why rock the boat - she's more concerned that they all remain friends. So what does she do? She lets the douche-bag kiss her neck and fondle her breast. Instead of calling him on it, she chalks it up to alcohol. Sorry guys but if that was me I'd have told my husband right after I twisted the guy's balls so hard he couldn't walk. We're also to believe that Claire is a very caring person, which I'd have to disagree with. She appeals to the city for a speed limit sign for the street so that all drivers will slow down in concern for the safety of others. But when it comes to her neighbour and friend who's clearly an alcoholic, she says nothing to her or the woman's husband about her concerns and the possible ramifications, all the while knowing that the said woman gets behind the wheel completely wasted. Caring? Nope, an idiot in my books.
Then we have the supposed "friendship" between Daniel and Claire. Seriously now, how the hell does she expect to stay friends with Daniel, or convince Daniel that they can only be friends and nothing else if she continuously shows up at his house, sits on his bed, watches movies with him on his couch, lets him hold her, and touches him inappropriately?? If anything I'd say she's a tease leaving him with a bad case of blue-balls.
In the end I didn't care for the whole "woe is me" story, or any of the characters. The whole thing was a total disappointment. I'd like to tell you to just skip this one but I won't. I'll leave it up to you should you decide to give this one a read.