The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
- Method of Obtaining: I received a copy of this from the publisher.
- Published by: Doubleday
- Release Date: 8.13.2013
To be opened in the event of my death
With one swift, vicious movement, she sliced the envelope open, and pulled out a handwritten letter.
love you and the girls…
so sorry to leave you with this…
The Husband’s Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love and secrets. When her husband announces he’s in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother’s house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her sixties consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter twenty years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain. Cecilia is the quintessential “I don’t know how she does it” woman. A devoted mother to three daughters, she runs her household like clockwork, is President of the P&C, owns an extremely successful Tupperware business and is happy in her fifteen-year marriage. Until she discovers a letter in their attic labelled: “To my wife Cecilia, to be opened in the event of my death”… Her husband’s secret is a bombshell beyond all imagining with repercussions across the lives of all three women.
I’ll be the first to admit it; I did not want to read this book. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty screams women’s fiction and, frankly, I’ve not been in the mood lately. But then, I started reading buzz on Twitter and it sounded interesting enough for me to check out the synopsis and next thing you know, I’m hitting the request button and putting it on the top of my TBR pile. So was all of that justified?
Yes. Yes, it was. Because y’all, I could not put this one down. You see, the secret in the synopsis is just one of many and frankly, this book had me freaking out more and more as it progressed. There are hints dropped here and there about what the book has in store for you, but as I was reading I just filed those away as ambiance, as something to just enrich the reading experience. But then, Moriarty (brilliant name for what I’m about to say here) began pulling the strings together and knitting pieces of the story into a tightly-woven, fantastically layered bit of maniacal genius that had me blinking and saying.. uh, what?
And then, there’s the epilogue. Just one hit after another after another of things that had happened, that could have happened, that didn’t happen – you name it. Basically, everything you think through when you finish a book but you never receive answers to? Moriarty gives you those answers and she is brutal with the honesty of them. I was reeling when I finished the last page and I understood then what all the buzz was about.
So if you, like me, just are not inclined to read anything labeled “women’s fiction,” I suggest you let Moriarty change your mind. There’s mystery, heart and soul, and gritty, real life in the pages of The Husband’s Secret. It would make a fantastic book club read, but don’t let that define the book for you. Read it and then make your judgement from there.
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