While browsing for recommendations on Goodreads a while back, I discovered “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty. This popped up as a recommendation because I loved “Gone Girl”, and had great reviews, so I put it on my book list and hit the bookstore. I couldn’t wait to dive into it! (Don’t worry, no spoilers ahead!)
“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 is the ultimate supermom housewife. Between raising three daughters and a booming Tupperware business, she’s generally happy with her family and life. Then one day, Cecilia discovers a letter from her husband that was left hidden away in case of his death– except she finds it while her husband is still alive. The letter contains a shocking secret, and Cecilia has to figure out what to do next.
“The Husband’s Secret” follows the separate lives of three women and their families in Sydney, Australia. In addition to Cecilia, you get to know Tess, a marketing executive who is having a crisis in her marriage, and Rachel, a woman who is still struggling to cope with the murder of her teenage daughter 25 years ago. Each chapter switches to a different person and their storyline, then at some point in the novel everybody’s paths begin to cross. All three women are dealing with an issue in their personal lives, and the way their lives come together impacts the decisions they make moving forward. I would say the genre is a darker, more dramatic chick-lit.
This was a page turner for me. I couldn’t wait to find out what the husband’s secret was, and as most novels do, the ending had some surprises as well. There was a bit of a lull for me in the third quarter of the book, but otherwise I flew through it pretty quickly. If you are looking for a chick-lit type of read that is a little less fluffy, I definitely recommend this one! I liked the characters and the plot, and the epilogue at the end was especially great (don’t forget to read it!).
Have you read anything great lately?