Review: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret
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When I first heard about The Husband’s Secret, (thank you Stephanie!) the premise behind it really intrigued me, so when I saw it at the grocery store I threw it right in there next to the paper towels!

I found the story was a bit confusing starting off.  Short chapters with the introduction of multiple characters and their spouses, children and parents, it was tricky to keep track of them all.

It was well worth continuing on because it ultimately all came together in a powerful way.

The Prologue opens with the story of Pandora’s box and what is unleashed when she opens it, a little hint of what is to come.

The story toggles between the characters, Cecilia, Tess and Rachel.

It starts off with Cecilia, mother and Tupperware entrepreneur. She accidentally finds a letter from her husband that was only to be opened in the event of his death, only he was very much alive at the time.  

She struggles and worries with what could be contained in that letter.  She thought she knew him so well and agonized over whether she should open it or not.

Tess experiences the ultimate betrayal in discovering that her husband and cousin/best friend have fallen in love with each other.  She is understandably shocked and distraught and leaves with her young son.  They go to another city to be with her mother.

Rachel’s is still grieving for her daughter who was murdered decades ago.  She is convinced that Connor Whitby, the current PE teacher at the school where she works, is her killer.

What I liked about it:

I enjoyed the characters. I felt sympathetic toward them as they all had a relatable, sad story and really came to life for me, in particular Tess and Cecila.

The book is well written and hard to put down. There were lots of twists and turns and ethical questions as well.

 What I didn’t like:

The only thing I can say here was that it was hard to get my head around all the characters and keep their names straight.  That was only in the beginning, though.

All in all the author did a fantastic job of bringing all the characters together into one final moment that affected them all.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

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.

Have you read the Husband’s Secret?  If so what did you think?

If you found a mysterious letter only to be opened on the death of your spouse, would you open it?


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