Monday, April 21, 2014

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

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.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

Wow... I was not expecting this. When I first started The Husband's Secret I was not loving it. Getting cheated on sucks, why would I want to live through such a hurtful action through a book? I read to get away not to immerse myself in the sucky parts of life. I almost put the book down, and then... I personally like to think about the "what if" and Liane Moriarty displayed this common question in an amazing way. I surprisingly enjoyed this!

~Spoiler Free Review~

Writing: Was this the most fantastic writing I have every read? No, however I was thoroughly pleased with Moriarty's writing. Her style had good flow but her creativity in bringing this story around full circle was fantastic. Looking back at it, this book should be predictable; however Moriarty does a fantastic job losing you in interwoven storylines from chapter two all the way through. She got me lost in the pages.

Characters: I thought these characters were all very realistic. They were flawed and honest and raw. I found some of them to be quirky and some to be unique but I found them ALL relatable. Even the characters whom were at the wrong were relatable. I understood every action/reaction and found that I had a connection to every character.

Plot: This was one of those storylines where you think you know where it is going, then it takes a sharp turn in a completely different direction that leaves you holding your breath unknowingly and then you are closing the back cover at a loss for words. This book made me think, more-so after I turned the last page. Heck, I’m still thinking about it days later. I find myself thinking about the characters, the karma, the “what if” in everyday life.

Overall, I enjoyed this read. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a breather from all the Young Adult/Contemporary run-of-the-mill books rut that I seem to always get sucked into. If you find this book initially boring please stick it out, I don’t think you will be disappointed. 

“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.”

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