Review: Indiscretion

indiscretionIndiscretion by Charles Dubow

Publisher:  William Morrow

Ratings: 4 stars

Source: Publisher

Harry and Madeleine Winslow have been blessed with talent, money, and charm. Harry is a National Book Award–winning author on the cusp of greatness. Madeleine is a woman of sublime beauty and grace whose elemental goodness and serenity belie a privileged upbringing. Bonded by deep devotion, they share a love that is both envied and admired. The Winslows play host to a coterie of close friends and acolytes eager to bask in their golden radiance, whether they are in their bucolic East Hampton cottage, abroad in Rome thanks to Harry’s writing grant, or in their comfortable Manhattan brownstone.

One weekend at the start of the summer season, Harry and Maddy, who are in their early forties, meet Claire and cannot help but be enchanted by her winsome youth, quiet intelligence, and disarming naivete. Drawn by the Winslows’ inscrutable magnetism, Claire eagerly falls into their welcoming orbit. But over the course of the summer, her reverence transforms into a dangerous desire. By Labor Day, it is no longer enough to remain one of their hangers-on.

A story of love, lust, deception, and betrayal as seen through the omniscient eyes of Maddy’s childhood friend Walter, a narrator akin to Nick Carraway in The Great GatsbyIndiscretion is a juicy, richly textured novel filled with fascinating, true-to-life characters—an irresistibly sensual page-turner that explores having it all and the consequences of wanting more.

Wow! Indiscretion by Charles Dubow was not what I was expecting at all when I signed up to be a part of this book tour, but I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read this book. I was first interested in reading this book because of the comparisons it was drawing from The Great Gatsby, a book that I love and adore.

Indiscretion follows a group of friends who seem to have it all until one of them succumbs to temptation and all of their lives go spiraling out of control. The book wonderfully portrays how one mistake can affect so many lives and how profound the consequences of that mistake can be. It depicts how we deal with relationship, friendship, betrayal, deceit, and love.

Harry and Maddy seem to be the perfect couple who are happily married and completely in love with one another. That is until Claire enters the picture and is immediately drawn to the charisma that surrounds the happy couple. To round out the fourth wheel, is Walter, the narrator of the story, who is in love with Maddy, but is content to just adopt Harry and Maddy’s family as his own. It was quite interesting to have the story told from Walter’s point of view rather than the characters that were involved in the affair.

Dubow does a wonderful job of fleshing out these characters and truly making them come off the pages in the story. Their flaws were clearly visible for all to see, but at the same time you couldn’t help but become attached to these characters and drawn to their actions. These aren’t people that you would want to be, but their story was so attracting and I just couldn’t put the book down.

Indiscretion by Charles Dubow is a book that I would highly recommend! It was amazing and entertaining and the writing was brilliant. I couldn’t believe this was his debut novel and I’m excited to see what he has in store for us. I’m definitely looking forward to his future novels.

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Posted on February 6, 2013, in 4 stars, book reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Wow, this sounds like it would make you think and flip the pages as fast as you could.

  2. I do love the sound of this one. I have the eGalley — must get to it.

  3. Having to live up to Gatsby comparisons is a challenge in itself. To be getting such rave reactions is quite an accomplishment. Nice review!

  4. “These aren’t people that you would want to be, but their story was so attracting and I just couldn’t put the book down.” I can’t get enough of stories like this! These are also the types of stories that I’m drawn to in TV shows.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

  5. It’s always a treat when a debut novel is this good – it means that I have so much more to look forward to from this author!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

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