GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: 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.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought this book was far better than Liane Moriarty’s ‘truly, madly, guilty’ where the title left you wanting a lot more out of the story and fell very short of that. I think that title would have been better suited to this novel really.
This book however was very dramatic. I guessed the ‘husband’s secret’ long before it was announced (which was half way through the book), but there wasn’t only one husband’s secret, there were a few of them – maybe not all as big as the main one, but big enough aswell.
This novel is told by three main women, sometimes four. There is Cecilia, Tess, Rachael and sometimes Janie. Each chapter jumps from one woman to another and they are all linked in a way to each other. Each time I started a new chapter I had to remember which character I was now reading about and remind myself of their particular story, so a little thinking was involved but not too much.
This story made me think of the midday movies that are put on here because this is the type of story those movies are generally about and would rather enjoy watching this one during lunchtime.
I could relate a little to two of the characters, which made it a little more personal for me, such as Cecilia – she has OCD and has to have everything spotless before she leaves the house. And Tess suffers from social anxiety, which I too suffer from and everything she was saying she feels when she told people about it, is exactly the way I feel too.
A book is always great when you can relate that little bit more to it. It gives it a sort of personal feel to it, like you’re somehow also a part of this story.
I particularly liked the way Liane ended the novel by saying:
“None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have, and maybe should have, taken. It’s probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora.”
It’s a little like the movie ‘Sliding Doors’, where it makes you think ‘how could my life be different today if I had done this particular thing differently?’ ‘How would being 8 minutes early or 10 minutes late affect my day?’ Just little question’s you’ll never get the answers to, but makes you think and wonder nonetheless.
Have you read this book yet? What are your thoughts on it?