The reviews had me on this one and I seriously knew I had to read this homage to opening Pandora’s box of secrets.
As a wife and a mother, I couldn’t even imagine being in the position to find an old letter addressed to me by my husband that starts with…”My Darling Cecilia, If you’re reading this, then I’ve died . . .”
What would I do?
Well, I could tell you there is no way I would not be able to open said letter. I seriously am too nosey and curious for my own good.
How about you? What would you do?
Well in the the book, I am speaking of today, The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty, the main character Cecilia is faced with this very decision of whether to ignore the aforementioned letter or open it.
Here is the Goodreads review:
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.
I must admit that I was dying to know what was in this letter and like I said had it been me that letter would have been opened immediately upon finding it, but I have to admit I loved the way Liane Moriarty developed the story and weaved all the characters together.
In the onset, I was definitely wondering how as the first few chapters went by she was going to do this and still leave us wanting more.
See each of the chapters focuses on different characters families and perspectives. It would sometimes be told from Cecilia, Will (her husband) and her family’s vantage point. And then the next chapter may switch to Tess, her cousin Felicity, her husband, Will, their son Liam and even her elderly mom, Lucy. And still yet, we would then get inside the mind of Rachel, the middle aged women who lost her beloved daughter, Janie many years previous to an unsolved murder.
We even get treated to flashbacks of Janie before her demise to find out what actually happened to her.
One of best parts of the book to me was the reveal of the letter, which comes about half way through (the buildup is incredible) and fallout through the rest of the entire book doesn’t miss a beat.
I have to tell you I literally was on the edge of my seat to find out how Ms. Moriarty was going to tie up all the loose ends and folks she doesn’t disappoint in the least even giving you a look into the future, as well as as look back to what would have happened if Janie did indeed live to tell her tale.
So, what are my final thoughts on The Husband’s Secret?
I would totally recommend this book to read, because I must add that was definitely left feeling like I got closure for main plot here, as well as the smaller, yet equally important subplots as well.
Another 5 star read in my book and just happy that I got to throughly enjoy this one.
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