Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty 416 pages










This book has the reader captivated until the last word. A letter, written by her husband, “to be opened after I have died” is found by Cecilia Fitzpatrick early in the book. He is out of town and she has to decide whether to open it right away, or wait and confront her husband with the unopened letter. Her family and the families of two other women, Rachel and Tess, are caught up in the unraveling, after Cecilia makes her decision. There are male characters, of course, but the author keeps their contributions to the story minimal. All of the women in the story have secrets they are keeping from their families and, while some are revealed, it is clever and interesting to learn how the women decide what to reveal and when and to whom. There are consequences for some of the characters to suffer, and when the reader comes to the last page, a slew of new questions are presented. I would highly recommend this book. Lots to discuss for a book club.

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