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Writer Randy Susan Meyers Strikes a Chord with “The Comfort of Lies”

February 18, 2013

I met writer Randy Susan Meyers in November 2011 at the San Diego Jewish Book Festival when she was promoting her debut novel, The Murder’s Daughters. I loved the book as much as I loved Randy’s personality. (Go see her if you have the chance — she’s terrific in person!) Since I finished her first book, I’ve been eagerly waiting the release of her second novel. So I was thrilled when her next novel — The Comfort of Lies — was released just last week. And let me tell you, it does not disappoint!

comfort of lies

Told in alternating points of view, The Comfort of Lies reveals the darkest and most private thoughts of three very different women all connected to a 5-year-old girl: Tia, the birth mother; Caroline, the adopted mother; and Juliette, the wife of the birth father. The year their lives collide, the women must confront their choices while discovering sobering truths about their relationships and themselves.

I love Randy’s writing — and Lies specifically — for a number of reasons. First, the writing itself is clear, crisp and has the ability to hook you in right away with simple and compelling storytelling. From the minute I started the book, I had a hard time putting it down. I read it within days because the characters were so raw and interesting. Randy doesn’t rely on gimmicks or crazy plot twist. She simply tells a compelling story.

Second, I love that the characters are so flawed and familiar. I found myself easily identifying with all three women in different ways. (I’ve been married nearly 12 years. I’m a mother. I’m also a driven person who sometimes prefers to sit at a computer working than do much else.) And while you might find yourself disliking one character in the beginning, you end up rooting for her in the end.

It felt really good to read such an honest book without a picture-perfect ending because life is not perfect. And even though I finished the book more than a week ago, those women have stayed with me. Also a sign of a good writer and great storytelling.

Finally, I admire an author who can write books that are so different from each other. While it’s true that both The Murder’s Daughters and The Comfort of Lies involve family drama, they are completely different stories. To me, it’s a testament to Randy’s writing skill that I cannot tell she wrote both books.

Thank you, Randy, for a great reading experience with The Comfort of Lies. Can’t wait for your third novel!

randy susan meyers and me

Me and Randy Susan Meyers, November 2011

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Comfort of Lies from Atria Books to review for this blog. However all opinions are my own and I only endorse products and books I am comfortable recommending to others. Even if I was not given a copy of Lies, I would have purchased a copy for myself. 

11 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2013 2:22 am

    For some reason The Comfort of Lies was published in Dutch last August so I had the opportunity to read this wonderful book months ago. It is so my kind of book for the same reasons you just said. “the writing itself is clear, crisp and has the ability to hook you in right away with simple and compelling storytelling.” Randy is a gifted writer.

  2. February 18, 2013 4:14 am

    Thanks- I’m always looking for book suggestions.

  3. February 18, 2013 5:38 am

    Thanks for the review! I look forward to check out Randy’s books…

  4. February 18, 2013 7:44 am

    Adding both of her books to my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. February 18, 2013 8:10 am

    I met Randy at the Tucson Festival of Books last spring and loved her too (as well as The Murderer’s Daughters). Can’t wait to read this one, either! Great review, Leah.

  6. February 18, 2013 11:45 am

    This book is in my (soon to be read) TBR pile, and I can’t wait. I hope to meet Randy at the Grub Street conference in Boston this year!

  7. karol singer permalink
    February 18, 2013 9:45 pm

    I ‘m finding it difficult to do much of anything else but read Comfort of Lies. Your review is right on, Leah. I’m loving the book. Thanx for sharing 🙂

  8. February 20, 2013 7:19 am

    This book is already on my TBR list, Leah. I can’t wait to read it! Thank you for this wonderful review. Randy seems like such a kind person. 🙂

  9. February 22, 2013 4:07 pm

    Leah, oh my this looks like an interesting read! I shall add it to my summer reading list. t’s the only time I can actually read uninterrupted! I love that this story appears to have the ability of allowing readers to relate. To me, this is vital since I am able to put myself in the place of the character and feel what they are feeling. Thank you for the recommendation! 🙂

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