Book Review: Trust – Kate Veitch

Title: Trust
Author: Kate Veitch
ISBN: 9780452296350
Pages: 368
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Publisher: Plume
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Susanna Greenfield is good.  She does everything she can to be a good wife, a good daughter, a good mother, and a a good sister.  Her husband Gerry is consumed by his own career and ambitions and has little time to spend thinking about his wife.  Her sister, Angie, is a born again Christian who tries to push her beliefs on Susanna and Gerry, and Susanna is continually trying to keep the peace between Angie and their mother, Jean.  But when something unthinkable happens, Susanna begins reevaluating her life and makes some difficult realizations about herself and her future.

Review:

Trust is a novel that centers around Susanna Greenfield.  Devoted to being a wife and mother, she has begun to question her role now that her children are growing up.  She wants to go back and pursue the art she left behind, but isn’t sure she has the confidence to do it.  But as things become more complicated and difficult, Susanna turns to art, not for a career, but for a way to express herself. The art becomes vital to her emotional well-being, as it is the only way she can deal with what’s going on around her.

At its core, Trust is about the nature of love, and the trust that comes with it.  Trusting your husband to be faithful, trusting your wife to maintain the role she always has.  Trusting your children to be honest with you, trusting your mother to protect you and love you.  When these solid foundations begin to break down, the characters in the book are forced to examine what they have left and why things collapsed in the first place.  The characters in this book are constantly reevaluating themselves and trying to figure out where to go next.  It’s an amazing character study and I was completely riveted.  These people ring so true and seem so real, it’s hard to conceive of the fact that this is only Veitch’s second novel.  She accomplished something amazing with her characters in this book; I was very impressed.

One of the subplots of Trust has to do with Finn, Angie’s young son.  Through Finn, Veitch explores the effects of child abuse.  We see his outward behavior change through other characters’ eyes, but we also get to understand things from Finn’s point of view.  This storyline is heartbreaking, to say the least.  I was so engrossed in Finn’s storyline, wanting to reach into the book and comfort him, to make things okay for him.  It was very well written and heartwrenchingly portrayed.

Trust deals with so many different issues – abuse, infidelity, death, Christian fundamentalism, homosexuality – that it’s hard to believe that it could all be packed into one book, yet Veitch accomplished it incredibly well.  These are characters you will want to get to know, and not want to leave until you know that things will turn out okay for them.  I definitely recommend this book if you’re interested in smart, character-driven books that probe the depths of human behavior.

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Comments

  1. This one sounds really good. Thanks for the review!

  2. This one sounds really good. Thanks for the review!

  3. Swapna, this one sounds great. When I first saw the pic of the book I thought it was chick lit and then read what you wrote about it and was surprised to see how many important issues this book covers and the fact that you say she does it well – that truly made me realize I need to read this book (and that those covers are sometimes misleading). Cheers!

  4. Swapna, this one sounds great. When I first saw the pic of the book I thought it was chick lit and then read what you wrote about it and was surprised to see how many important issues this book covers and the fact that you say she does it well – that truly made me realize I need to read this book (and that those covers are sometimes misleading). Cheers!

  5. This does sound good and really true to reality.

  6. This does sound good and really true to reality.

  7. What a tempting review – I’ll be on the lookout for this one!

  8. What a tempting review – I’ll be on the lookout for this one!

  9. It sounds like an intense thought-provoking book! Thanks for the review.

  10. It sounds like an intense thought-provoking book! Thanks for the review.

  11. I am in! Sounds very very intriguing 🙂
    Happy Monday!

  12. I am in! Sounds very very intriguing 🙂
    Happy Monday!

  13. I like books that manage to tackle many issues with clarity and sensitivity, so this sounds like a book I might really like. I also think the subplot surrounding Finn seems really interesting. I really want to check this one out soon, and really enjoyed reading your thoughts on it! Thanks, Swapna!

  14. I like books that manage to tackle many issues with clarity and sensitivity, so this sounds like a book I might really like. I also think the subplot surrounding Finn seems really interesting. I really want to check this one out soon, and really enjoyed reading your thoughts on it! Thanks, Swapna!

  15. This sounds so very good. Really intense and deep topics and in a novel which is also a family story. I do hope I find it!

  16. This sounds so very good. Really intense and deep topics and in a novel which is also a family story. I do hope I find it!

  17. I’m glad you liked this one so much. I actually had to give up on this one in the first 50 pgs because I just couldn’t get into it. I guess it shows how different books fit for different people!

  18. I’m glad you liked this one so much. I actually had to give up on this one in the first 50 pgs because I just couldn’t get into it. I guess it shows how different books fit for different people!

  19. Wow — this sounds like a good book club book because it touches on so many topics.

  20. Wow — this sounds like a good book club book because it touches on so many topics.

  21. Thank you so much for your thoughtful and appreciative review of my second novel, Trust. As the author, I can tell you that three years of blood sweat and tears went in to the refining of this novel’s plot and characters, and the crafting of the prose. Nathaniel Hawthorne said that “Easy reading is hard writing”, and that was sure true with this one! But it’s all worthwhile when I learn that it’s touched a reader’s heart and mind. All best wishes Swapna for your reading and your blog from grateful author, Kate Veitch.

  22. Thank you so much for your thoughtful and appreciative review of my second novel, Trust. As the author, I can tell you that three years of blood sweat and tears went in to the refining of this novel’s plot and characters, and the crafting of the prose. Nathaniel Hawthorne said that “Easy reading is hard writing”, and that was sure true with this one! But it’s all worthwhile when I learn that it’s touched a reader’s heart and mind. All best wishes Swapna for your reading and your blog from grateful author, Kate Veitch.

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