At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read
My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.
ISBN 13: 9781742612010
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publication date: April 1st 2013
Liane Moriarty is not one of my favourite authors. I only read this book because it was a book club book otherwise it wouldn’t have got a look in. I find her work a bit hit and miss. Some of her books have been OK (not great) but others have been less than OK. This one continues the trend of just being OK. The characters were developed in a reasonable manner but I found that the story took a fairly long time to get anywhere. As a result of this it was boring me more than making me excited to read more. For the characters we had a very successful and wealthy woman called Cecilia who seemed to have the perfect family (happy husband with at least 3 daughters), Tess who also had the perfect family until her husband and cousin destroyed it for her and her son, and then we had Rachel who has been grieving her daughter’s death for many years with her grief driving her to find the person who ended her daughter’s life. The storyline seems like its all been done before so nothing really original which led to a pretty flat story overall for me.
Recommend for: Adults
Rating: 🌟🌟 Unfortunately the book didn’t grab my interest much at all.