Thursday, July 18, 2013

Book Review: Indiscretion

I typically shy away from books that deal with infidelity - mostly because it is often either justified or dismissed as an acceptable part of life.  So I would usually avoid a book like Indiscretion by Charles Dubow as it deals with the subject of infidelity.  But then I read Marisa's review of this book and thought maybe it was something I should check out.  So when it showed up on the list of books I could review for TLC book tours, I decided to give it a chance.  I am so glad that I did. 

Indiscretion tells the story of Harry and Maddy Winslow, a couple that seems to have a picture perfect marriage. But then young, sweet, and seemingly naive Claire arrives on the scene and a marriage that had the strongest foundation is swept away.  The book addresses the consequences of Harry and Claire's actions, and the reason I really liked it is that is does justice to the way lives are torn apart and the irreparable damage that is done when a spouse decides to cheat.

The story is told from the perspective of Maddy's best friend from her childhood and at times, it reads as if the narrator is talking to you - which is unique.  But it works.  I thought the book was well-written and I found myself marking various passages and sentences such as "We make so many right decisions in life, but it is the wrong ones that can never be forgiven."

Do you struggle to read books about infidelity or do you do ok with that topic? 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from TLC Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review, and the opinions are my own.    

10 comments:

missris said...

I'm glad you liked it! Didn't do anything to make me think any differently about infidelity, but was still a compelling read all the same.

Marlys said...

Glad you liked the book, and that it didn't sugar coat infidelity!

Abby said...

Sounds like an interesting read - and seems to speak more about the honesty that is involved in infidelity. It seems that Hollywood and literature seems to make it out to be something glamorous these days!

That quote is so true!!! So many good decisions we make, but one bad decision is so not worth it. I wish people would really think about that before they cheat, and really say "Is this actually worth it? Is going to going to make my life better?' -- because usually that decision ruins not only their life, but several peoples lives (especially when children are involved).

Nora said...

Interesting! I don't love the topic of infidelity in books but if it's not treated cavalierly then I'm ok with it. I'm not a fan of it being justified or others saying it's ok. With that said I've fallen prey to read a few books where it was justified and I don't really know why I read them!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I've never read a book on the topic, just since I usually lean towards non-fiction reads, however I'd read this!

Jeanie said...

There are so many books I want to read that I don't seek out books on that topic. Sometimes it comes in and it doesn't thrill me,but sometimes it happens. This sounds interesting, though.

Amber said...

This sounds like a really interesting book! I feel kind of indifferent towards the topic. Sometimes it bothers me but usually in a movie or book it doesn't. In real life, however, I find people are becoming much more indifferent to it than ever and THAT bothers me.

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Infidelity in books is a non issue with me.

Stephany said...

Gosh, it really depends for me! There are some books when it really doesn't bother me and then some where it makes me sick to my stomach (like I felt while reading The Paris Wife). So I think it depends on how it's written about! I think when it's done in a way that deals with the damage infidelity can do to lives, I don't so much mind it. It's a hard topic, for sure, though.

heathertlc said...

I don't have strong feelings about reading about infidelity ... for me it is more about whether the story works or not, and it sounds like this one really worked!

Thanks for being on the tour.