I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one…but, wow, I really, really liked Covet! This book was such a fast-paced and intriguing read for me. I couldn’t put it down and I loved pretty much everything about it!
My favorite part about this book was, by far, my connection with the main character, Claire. I couldn’t really relate to her exact situation, but she just completely came alive on the page. Claire was so well-rounded and dynamic, and I found myself constantly being able to understand where she was coming from and why she was making the decisions she was making, even if they weren’t necessarily always choices that I agreed with. It was so easy to sympathize with her and feel for her. The emotions in this book came across so well that it almost felt like those things were happening to me!
I also really enjoyed how rounded out each of the side characters were. Besides Claire, Daniel, and Chris, there were a bunch of other characters in the story that each had their own little drama going on as well. I liked how developing each of those characters made the story seem that much more rich and added more depth to Covet than if it’d only had the main plot of the failing marriage between Claire and Chris.
I thought that the different POVs in this book were really well done, as well. It’s so easy to make multiple perspectives suck in a book, but I loved being able to see all three sides of this messed-up triangle. And none of them sounded anything alike! The fact that the chapters were so short also made this book such an easy and quick read. I kept saying to myself, “Just one more chapter!” and then — whoops — I just read five more.
Basically everything about this book I really, really liked. I don’t really have anything bad to say about it, besides that something about it just didn’t make it a 5-star read for me. It was really close to being amazing, but I have to say that, for me, it was only ever really really good, for some reason that I can’t quite explain. I think that maybe it’s because, while this was an exciting and fun read, I don’t feel like I really got anything out of the book besides entertainment. It was very enjoyable, but honestly a little forgettable. The two other books I read this summer about failing marriages — Landline by Rainbow Rowell and After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid — were also both great reads that I rated about the same as this one…but ultimately I think I’ll be thinking about those two books long after I stop remembering this one.