Sunday 25 May 2014

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

Source: Purchased


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.


This story was a little slow going for me at the beginning, which I don't mind at all, then it felt like all of a sudden it picked up speed, then it was done, and I was left with my jaw open on the ground! This book was brilliant!

I loved the characters, how human they were, all of their good and bad qualities and their flaws, there was no sugar coating here, it is one of my favourite things that writers have the capability of doing. 

The story is told in alternating points of view between three main characters (all women) Cecilia, Rachel and Tess. All of their husbands had secrets, and it is not till the epilogue that we learn what each of them was, which is awesome, she packed in a punch right at the end.

Cecilia is a stay at home Mom and runs the home along with being one of the best selling Tupperware representatives in the country, and everything seems to be okay for her until she finds a letter that her husband has written her in case of his death, and that sets off a whirl wind of events that she could have never dreamed of.

Rachel is a widow and lives on her own now, her daughter was murdered about 25 years before that and she has one son also. She seems to be okay with her life the way that it is now, although missing her daughter and husband terribly, she seems to find solace in her grandson whom she takes care of some days during the week when she is not working at the local elementary school. Her turning point is when her son and daughter in law tell her that they plan to move to New York.

Tess runs a marketing firm with her husband and cousin and has a six year old little boy, her life seems to be going great as far as she can tell, everything is neat and tidy, until her husband decides to tell her that he has fallen in love with someone else, and you will not believe who it is!

If you like trying to figure out how all of the characters are going to come together, than this book is for sure for you, I was left guessing right up until when it happens, and even then I could not believe it, it was a shock for sure.

I loved everything about this book, the characters, the pacing, the plot, and even how she ties in the Berlin Wall believe it or not, it does play a part. I can't stop raving about this book, and it was my bookclub's choice for this month, so I can't wait to get to the meeting and start chatting about it.  This is one of those books that you will want to read with at least one other person so that you have someone to talk to about it, there are so many "oh my god" moments. Needless to say this one gets a 5/5 from me!

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