“None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have and maybe should have taken. It’s probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora.”
― Liane Moriarty,
The Husband’s Secret written by Liane Moriarty
Published by Berkley in July 2013
Blurb : 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.
My Take On It: Unexpected! I don’t know exactly what I did expect, but it wasn’t quite this! As a funny side note: this book was one our book club chose to read and we decided that it might be a good one for February with Valentines and all… because it’s about a husband? Ha Ha! Well just incase you were thinking the same thing. It is not a romance book. In the end that didn’t matter anyway, it was still an excellent choice for a book club.
The first 3 chapters were hard for me to get into. You’re suddenly thrust into the thoughts of each character and it felt a little chaotic and confusing to me at first. However, that quickly ended and I fell right into it. This book dove into some deep content matter that is for sure. Imagine yourself witnessing a terrible train wreck. It is awful to look at, but you can’t look away.
I struggled with this book, but not in the way you would think. I did like it. I also really like the author’s ability to really capture a character. I was continually amazed at the depth Moriarty put into her character’s thoughts and feelings. It left me wondering if she’d been in situations like this herself.(No way! It’s way too much for just one person to go through.) I felt that throughout the entire book I was trying to figure out what was “getting to me”. I settled on a few thoughts. First, imagine yourself watching a tv show and seeing the characters going through a situation and yelling at the tv /character “Why are you doing that?” or “why are you not just doing this?” Well it’s easy to be the judge-mental fan yelling at the TV. Of course, we know what we would do! It’s black and white! Or is it? I found myself wondering while I was reading if wrong and right were always as easy as I think they should be. I felt like I was divided in two. I was the judge mental tv watcher and I was also merciful and filled with sympathy all at the same time.
If you read this novel, do NOT skip the epilogue! It was absolutely chilling! I am still trying to come to grips with my feelings about this book ,but I definitely recommend it. It’s thought provoking that’s for sure!
Content warning: For those readers here that would like to avoid certain content, there is a lot of use for the “F” word. I felt like it snuck in way too much, but that is my opinion only. There are also a few sex scenes, but not in great detail.