Book Review: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

It’s been a while since my last book review so I am happy to be back with my review of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. BE AWARE: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAINS SPOILERS.

Summery: 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.
Review: I picked up The Husband’s Secret after reading Moriarty’s other book What Alice Forgot. At first I was surprised at how different the ending were What Alice Forgot has a more upbeat/optimistic ending while at the end of The Husband’s Secret there seemed to be a lot of unresolved issues. But all in all I think that the ending was fitting for the story.
Out of all three women I found myself really liking Cecilia the most. I liked how she balanced being a mother, a businesswomen and a wife. I liked how when Cecilia finally finds out the secret her husband has been keeping from her it’s not the secret you would think (i.e. infidelity).
Best Feature: Secrets. As you can tell from the title the characters in the book (especially the husbands) have secrets. I liked how the book explored wether or not it was better to keep a secret and how the keeping/or sharing of those secrets changes a person’s life. I particularly enjoyed how at the end Moriarty also shows how it’s sometimes the things we don’t know that change our lives as well.
Worst Feature: Rachel. While I can’t image what it would be like to loose a child I found it very hard to feel sympathetic towards Rachel. Instead of trying to move forward with her life she seems content to wallow in her grief and to continually remind everyone that her daughter was murdered. She’s so caught up in the child that she has lost that she ignores her other child that is still alive.
Overview: I really enjoyed this book a lot. I thought Moriarty did a good job exploring the whole idea of how the sharing and keeping of secrets can affect someone’s life as well as how well does one know one own’s spouse.

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