Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam; 1st Printing edition (July 30, 2013)

Australian author Moriarty, in her fifth novel, puts three women in an impossible situation and doesn't cut them any slack. Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O'Leary's husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they've fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St. Angela's Primary School, where Cecilia is the star mother. Rachel Crowley, the school secretary, believes that Connor, St. Angela's PE teacher, is the man who, nearly three decades before, got away with murdering her daughter—a daughter for whom she is still grieving.

My Thoughts - On picking up this book, one thinks that they are going to be reading just a light romance but getting into the book, it is much more.  Romance - yes but also to think about.  All of the characters in the book have to deal with their present situations but they also must deal with the past.   Everyone has secrets in their lives - things they have done, things they have said, and actions taken in their past so how does a person reconcile it with the present before they can even think of a future.  

I enjoyed the book, learned to like the characters with their faults and secrets, and cared about what happened to them in the future.

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