Book Worm: 'The Husband's Secret' gripping page turner

Kathleen Duncan

Jan. 8, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 7, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.

"The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty revolves around a letter - a battered, old letter, stuffed in a shoebox in the attic just waiting to be discovered.

Cecilia Fitzpatrick is a successful wife, mother and neighbor. She runs her own Tupperware business in addition to taking care of her home, raising her kids and helping out at the school and in the community. She is perfectly happy. Then she finds a letter written by her husband that makes it all come crashing down.

The secret contained in this letter doesn't just affect Cecilia and her family but also two other families in her neighborhood.

Tess has just found out that her husband is in love with her best friend. She moves back to her hometown with her son, Liam, to live with her mother and get some space.

Rachel is an older woman who lost her daughter years before. Her life now revolves around her beloved grandson - until she finds out she is soon to lose him as well.

None of these three women really know each other, but Cecilia's husband's secret entangles them together in a web of events that spiral out of their control.

Since we are introduced to three families instead of one, it does take a little while to get to the meat of the story. Though it felt a little slow at parts, the buildup is good because it helped me be interested in all the characters later in the book, not just Cecilia and her family.

I admit, the ending left me a little angry. The author spells out in the plot that the husband ends up "paying" for his secret in a horrific manner that is completely heartbreaking. It also isn't really, in the end, him paying at all. I guess I just didn't buy the correlation between what he did and what his supposed consequences were.

Despite my feelings about the ending, I was fully invested in "The Husband's Secret," beginning to end. It is a deft weaving of three stories involving various characters and emotional plot twists.

Ultimately a novel about secrets, families and the strength it takes to forgive, "The Husband's Secret" explores questions of morality, family, devotion and honesty in a gripping page-turner that you won't be able to put down.



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