Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret
Blurb (from Goodreads):
From the author of the critically acclaimed What Alice Forgot comes a breakout new novel about the secrets husbands and wives keep from each other.

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 so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick achieved it all - she's an incredibly successful business woman, 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 devastating secret.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Husband's Secret(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Cecilia has found a letter from her husband that says she should only open it if he’s dead. What’s inside though? And why is he so desperate for her not to read it if it’s totally innocent?
Rachel’s only remaining child has news for her, but it’s not the new grandchild she expected, her son and his family are leaving the country.
Tess thinks her life is just fine, until her husband announces that he is in love with her cousin. He can’t really expect them all to live together though can he?

This was an interesting tale, and it was good how all the little pieces came together at the end.

The characters in this were all larger than life, and thankfully easy to remember (there was quite a few of them). Each character had their own problems, their own secrets, and their own regrets, and the story was woven together quite nicely to show how each of these things had bearings on the other characters lives.

The storyline in this was pretty good, although I did think it a little slow at points. The mystery over the letter and the secret was okay, but it took a long time for us to find out what the secret was, which was a little frustrating.
I thought that Tess’ husband was absolutely nuts thinking that she would move into the spare room and let him move her cousin in to sleep in his bed. I thought Cecilia’s husband slightly crazy to leave a letter with his deepest darkest secret inside lying around the attic (although it was later explained that he had lost it!! Crazy!). And I also felt quite sorry for Rachel, and the fact that her only remaining family was deserting her for 2 years, and leaving her all alone. I cannot imagine how lonely it would be to have your only living relatives leave the country. Especially when you are 70!

The ending to this was pretty good, and although it was a long time coming, justice was served in a round-about sort of way. I think the whole point of this book was showing how small decisions have a much greater effect than people realise – which is of course known as ‘the butterfly effect’. While I thought this book was okay, I’m not desperate to read anything else that this author has written, it wasn’t that good unfortunately.
Overall; an interesting chick-lit about cause and effect.
7 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I like the cover and the way it sounds. I would enjoy a good mystery.
    Great review