With one swift, vicious movement, she sliced the envelope open, and pulled out a handwritten letter.
love you and the girls…
so sorry to leave you with this…
The Husband’s Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love and secrets. When her husband announces he’s in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother’s house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her sixties consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter twenty years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain. Cecilia is the quintessential “I don’t know how she does it” woman. A devoted mother to three daughters, she runs her household like clockwork, is President of the P&C, owns an extremely successful Tupperware business and is happy in her fifteen-year marriage. Until she discovers a letter in their attic labelled: “To my wife Cecilia, to be opened in the event of my death”… Her husband’s secret is a bombshell beyond all imagining with repercussions across the lives of all three women.
I liked this book. And have seen tons of glowing reviews on it. Even my dad told me he had heard about it.
It was a nice, new take on women’s lit for me. It was deeper than the shopping and frilly chick lit books that I started with, but it wasn’t hard and crimey. It took a while for me to get into it, and get close enough with the characters that I cared enough about them to keep going. I felt like the introductions were never going to end and I was never going to get to the meat of the story. I don’t have much patience. But once everything started unfolding, the book picked up quite a bit of steam and I started really liking it.
This book is set in Australia, I think the first I’ve read set there. It was a nice little change of pace to read about a different culture, especially hot cross buns. Those are real?? It wasn’t too different from here at home, but every now and then I’d run into something that was intriguing, like the little Easter Hat Parade at the school.
One of the things that I really liked about this book was the conflict that the characters faced. Cecilia has to deal with a major conflict that comes in the form of a letter from her husband. Tess is dealing with her husband falling in love with her best friend, who is also a cousin.. but more like a sister. And then Rachel is still dealing with the murder of her daughter nearly 3 decades later. In all books, many of us can put ourselves in the charaters’ shoes, trying to decide what we would do if we were faced with their problems. These were all very tough ones for me. This is a book that definitely leaves you thinking.
Each chapter is told by a different character. Sometimes this works, other times it does not. I think Moriarty did a very nice job at toggling between these characters and making the chapters flow seamlessly.
I give The Husband’s Secret 3.5 out of 5 bookmarks.
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