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 has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, 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 secret.
Liane Moriarty is such a masterful storyteller. She lays down the brickwork for her plot lines so quietly, so meticulously–placing each domino just right.
Meanwhile, she keeps the reader so focused on what the overall picture is going to be that they don’t even notice that she’s placed her last tile and is ready to knock them all over.
Her timing is always on pint and every piece falls exactly where it needs to to hit the next and the next and the next until everything rumbles so fast it comes to a cataclysmic close. Her books are NEVER comfortable, and they make you check your judgments at the door.
What would I do in this situation?
You don’t know.
That’s the point. Neither do the characters. No one knows what they would do until they have to, and the answer is always surprising.
The Husband’s Secret was no exception to this rule. It was every bit as well-written as What Alice Forgot–just as heart-wrenching too, only with different families and different problems. These books are like mysteries, except only to the characters–we know the answers and get to watch as the people in the story figure it out. I was a little bit confused by how the Berlin Wall tied into the story, it did seem to distract from everything else, and I couldn’t find the underlying thread that connected it. Otherwise, I loved it.
One thing that I neglected to mention in my last two reviews is that Moriarty is an Australian author who is starting to build a following in the US. Her books are becoming popular too! I have several friends who are reading these at the same time I am. You should definitely join us–there’s a reason they are circulating so fast!
I received a copy of this book from Berkley Publishing via Twitter Contest.