Sunday, November 3, 2013

Review - The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

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.

~ My Review ~

In the Husband's Secret we are presented with three different story lines that are all somehow intertwined. I won't be telling you how, because that'll just take all the fun out of it! First we're given Cecilia, who after searching for a piece of the Berlin Wall (literally) comes across a letter her husband has written, addressed to her and only to be opened upon his death. The big question is will she or won't she read it??

Secondly, we have Tess who has just been informed by her husband, Will, and cousin, Felicity, that they are in love with each other and want to act on their feelings. Doing what she thinks is best, Tess takes off for Sydney with her son Liam, to take care of her mother who has broken her ankle. Also allowing for Will and Felicity to just "get it out of their system" so she can have her husband back.

Thirdly, we have Rachel whose son and daughter-in-law will be moving to the United States and taking her grandson, Jacob with them. Rachel is absolutely devastated, Jacob has been the one thing to completely distract her from her solitude. Once they leave for the states she will be alone, and left with only her thoughts and memories.

All I can really say is Wow. Ms. Moriarty has constructed one unbelievably detailed and well written story. Her writing style will absolutely captivate you and keep you enthralled from beginning to end. The character development was excellent. She has created a cast that is so "real" and relatable it could easily be you or a friend living out the story, making connecting with them absolutely effortless. And I definitely connected! Sharing their emotions, their ups & downs and day to day struggles was just amazing.

Right off the bat we're thrown into the story just as Cecilia has found the infamous letter. But don't think you're getting the goods right away. The suspenseful build up leading up to the point where she actually reads the letter was pure torture! (In a good way of course). I was definitely caught off guard by the big reveal, I expected it to be something completely different, so kudos to the author for completely throwing me off the scent! I enjoyed the quirky humor and elaborately constructed scenes. It was interesting to see how all the characters lives were connected in one way or another. The story flowed perfectly and unfolds right before your eyes much like a movie on the big screen, which I seriously hope it becomes.

This is my first experience reading a book by Ms. Moriarty, but certainly not my last! I highly recommend this book to those who love a good emotional and suspense filled read.

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