Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Cecilia Fitzpatrick seems to have it all – a successful Tupperware business, a beautiful family, a loving husband, and a respected spot in the community. Everything is perfect. That is, until she finds a letter from her husband, to be opened on the event of his death. The problem is, her husband is still very much alive.

What follows is the story of three women – Cecilia, unsure what kind of secret her husband has kept from her for so many years; Tess, recently separated from her husband and returning home with her son to pick up the pieces of her life; and Rachel, still trying to come to terms with her daughter’s murder so many years before. Though seemingly unrelated, each is affected in some way by the actions of Cecilia’s husband John Paul, and the real excitement of the book comes from watching the secret unfold and affect the lives of everyone involved.

I won’t give away too much about the plot – you’ll want to be surprised! Though it can feel a bit meandering in the beginning (it took me about 100 pages to really get into the story and get used to the multiple narrators), the rest of the novel is fast paced, humorous, and attention grabbing – even if you’ve guessed “the secret” early, you’ll want to follow through to the end to find out how everything is wrapped up. It’s a good light read – perfect for traveling, or just when you have time to really dive in and read from cover to cover.

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