| ||Title: The Husband’s Secret |
Author: Liane Moriarity (author website)
Genre: Adult Fiction
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam; 1st Printing edition (July 30, 2013)
Source: Kindle book purchased for book group
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.
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My Review: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriaty was the monthly selection for my book group. I don't belive I have read any books by Moriaty prevously, but other members had!
Cecelia Fitzpatrick finds an envelope which says on the outside "To Wife...To be opened in the event of my death"? Would you open it?? I would open it in a heat beat! I wouldn't be able to stop thinking about it otherwise. The Husaban's Secret is the intertwined story of Tess, Cecelia and Rachel and how each are ultimately each effected by the contents of the envelope. The Husband's Secret kept my interest. I felt the story had a very good flow and kept you wanting to know more, which made for a very quick read.
I think The Husband's Secret is a great book for a book group. There are many moral dilemmas within the story to discuss. I actually missed book group and didn't get to participate in the discussion. I really wanted to discuss the ending and if others felt they would have made a similar decision to Rachel's.
The Husband's Secret touches on themes of grief, lost, betrayal and the cost of forgiveness.
My Rating: 4/5 - The Husband's Secret is very readable and gripping. It is a book you will finish in a few sittings as you want to know how the author will resolve the events set in motion by that one simple letter intended to be read after the death of Cecelia's husband.