Published by Berkley on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary
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Finally available in paperback—the #1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot.
At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that is not meant to be read...
My darling Cecilia,If you’re reading this, then I’ve died...
Imagine 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 only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine 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, 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. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
Readers Guide Included
The plot of The Husband’s Secret
centers around the murder of 17-year-old Janie Crowley. You’ll find in the synopsis that the focus is on Cecilia and her discovery of a letter her husband wrote 12 years prior. But there’s so much more. Rachel, Janie’s mother, lives alone in the town where her daughter was known and murdered. Most of the adults Rachel interacts with are old schoolmates of Janie’s, and they find difficulty in communicating with Rachel. It’s interesting to see how they watch what they say when in Rachel’s presence, or attempt to conceal the look of sympathy; nothing goes unnoticed. And lastly, there’s Tess, who is introduced into the story as her husband and cousin (who is also her best friend) confess their love for one another. Mind blown. That’s only the beginning, and it gets better from there.
One thing I love about The Husband’s Secret
is the way Liane Moriarty pulls you into the three stories of Tess, Rachel, and Cecilia. I have never read a story that keeps me interested in each point of view. Typically, I find that I’m not interested in one or two storylines, and am counting the pages until the character I like comes back into play. Unless of course, those storylines connect, then I can’t seem to put the book down. Not with The Husband’s Secret. Each character has a captivating story all on their own, and I find that I’m excited at the turn of each new page. The secrets, the discoveries, the twists – I’m unable to go long before sneaking to read a page or two.
The circumstances that these characters face,
and their reactions and decisions are so real; I feel like I’m eavesdropping in on their conversation. Listening in on them venting about what has happened in their lives amongst one another. I’m nodding along, understanding them as they decide what’s best for them, their children, and others that could are impacted. All I can think is, I’d probably do that too if put in a similar situation.
Do you ever get excited when you read a book,
and find that you must carry it everywhere? I love when a book pulls me in early on, and I get to revel in the fact that I have pages to go before the big finale. Moriarty sets the storyline and pacing perfectly. As you read, you’ll learn a secret or two along the way but find there’s more to be uncovered. It’s magnificent, honestly.
Another thing that I love about The Husband’s Secret
is it’s ending. The entire book itself is well written, and the ending brings the story full circle. I was sad to close the book on all that I’ve read, but it was also fulfilling. The epilogue takes the cake and wraps the book up beautifully. We never know how the choices we make will change the course of our lives. It’s a wonderful mystery, and this book provides answers to the “what if’s” in a way that’s pleasing.
I first learned of Moriarty
when I started to watch the HBO series, Big Little Lies. When I learned that Big Little Lies is indeed a book, I stopped watching the series. Luckily I was only 2 or 3 episodes in and although the plot was building, I know nothing. I have a few friends that have finished the series and are in love with it. My mom owns a copy of Big Little Lies; I believe it’s time I borrowed it.
And this book review of The Husband’s Secret
wraps up the posts for the month of January. You can find my monthly wrap up post here. Can you believe January 2018 is [almost] over. I can’t! You all have been so supportive as I made through my first month as a book blogger. It has been a treat entering this world and meeting you all. I cannot wait for what the future holds for myself, my new friends, and the friends I have yet to meet! I love you all!