Friday, 6 November 2015

Review: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

Title: The Husband's Secret
Author: Liane Moriarty
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 432
Genre: General Mystery

The Husband's Secret
Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick achieved it all - she's an incredibly successful business woman, 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 devastating secret.

I went into reading this with the view that I wanted to read something easy. it is an easy book to read and it is entertaining. I really love the internal dialogue of the female characters, it was very witty and something I could really relate too.

Some of the story was a bit far fetched, like how Cecelia goes practically catatonic when she finds out her husband's secret but then randomly decides that she would never betray him anyway. Could a man really keep up intense feelings of guilt and remorse for a decade? 

The book does string the reader along for almost halfway by not immediately disclosing what was inside the letter which was maddening for me but it was a good tactic in getting the reader through the first part of the book fast.

Overall, I didn't think this book was bad but it wasn't anything special either. I also felt the ending was oddly disjointed and abrupt by musing on 'what if' scenarios. Tess, Rachel and Cecelia's stories were supposed to be entertwined though I felt that it was mainly focused on how Rachel and Cecelia were connected whereas Tess was more like a side story - I found Tess's story was the more interesting of the 3, its a shame that her contribution to the overall plot wasn't better thought out. 

I would recommend this book for a light, easy read but would caution looking too far into the realism of the story as otherwise the gaping plot holes seem hard to get past.

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