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Worth a Read? The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

From Amazon:
At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that is not meant to be read…

My darling Cecilia,
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine 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 only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine 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, 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. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

After really, really enjoying reading Big Little Lies a few weeks ago, I was excited to pick up another book by Liane Moriarty.  This time, it was an older title of hers with great reviews, The Husband’s Secret.  I couldn’t tell much about the story from the description on the back cover.  I didn’t think it was a murder mystery, which as it turns out, it was.

The Husband’s Secret is extremely reminiscent of Big Little Lies:  The story follows a few female characters and details the intricacies of their lives and how they intertwine.  The main characters in this story were Cecilia (who reminded me very much of Madeline from Big Little Lies), Tess (who’s personality vaguely reminded me of Tess from Big Little Lies) and Rachel, who is older than the other two and an extremely complex character.

While Tess and Cecilia were easy to relate to and likable, Rachel was harsh and abrasive.  While she wasn’t a terribly likable person early on, her behavior became more understandable and she took an extremely sympathetic role.  This struck me because it was so true to real life:  nobody is all likable or all detestable.  There’s a mix of both.  Also, I felt that the story of Rachel was carefully calculated so that the reader experienced her the way her entire world did: hard on the outside because of her deep grief.

The story is incredibly well written.  The characters are well developed.  The book makes you think about the little twists of fate that lead you to various places in your life and it makes you think of the “what ifs”.  Much like the character of Rachel, there are mixed feelings about situations being not all good/all bad, but somewhere in the middle.

I must say though that as great as the story was written, the ending was incredibly sad for me personally.  That being said, I still couldn’t put it down, but it took a turn that I didn’t want it to go in.  All in all, I would definitely read it again and I’m looking forward to reading more from Liane Moriarty, who is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.

It’s absolutely worth a read.

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4 thoughts on “Worth a Read? The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

  1. Amy says:

    I read this book awhile back and honestly couldn’t stand it until the absolute very end. I know so many people loved it and I’m in the minority. I read a lot and I really tried to love it, but unfortunately it wasn’t for me.

    1. Christine says:

      Interesting. What would you recommend instead? I could use some new reads 😀

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Christie says:

    I read this book a while back, too. It definitely kept my attention, and I could hardly put it down I was so intrigued!

    1. Christine says:

      Awesome! Have you read any of her other books?

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