Fourteen books down, six to go!
I’m slowly but surely chipping away at my goal of reading 20 books in 2016. I’m still two books behind (according to GoodReads), but hopefully I’m able to make that up during all the traveling we have planned in the next couple of months.
In The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, we follow three different women whose lives are linked by one husband’s deepest darkest secret. Rachel is a mother and grandmother who is constantly haunted by the murder of her daughter and determined to bring down the man she believes committed the crime. Tess is a mother whose world was recently flipped upside down after a startling revelation from her husband. And Cecilia is that ever-perfect wife, mother, volunteer and businesswoman. At the beginning of the book, she uncovers a letter from her husband in the attic that is to only be opened once he has died. Even though her husband is still alive, curiosity gets the best of Cecilia and she reads the letter only to discover her husband’s most shocking secret that will change the lives and futures of our three lead characters.
This was the third Liane Moriarty book I have read. I have fallen in love with her writing and the well-roundedness and depth she brings to all of her lead characters. She is also able to bring levity to serious and dark plots with incredible ease, which I definitely appreciate. This book wasn’t my favorite of hers, but I still enjoyed it and think that it would make a great quick summer or holiday read for anyone looking for one. Maybe I was totally out of it for the first part of the book (as you know, I read at the end of the day), but I didn’t see the “husband’s secret” coming. I loved seeing how the women’s lives intertwined as I read along and how each of them eventually had to live with repercussions of Cecilia’s husband’s long-kept secret.
I also enjoyed the Epilogue of this book and all of the “what ifs” it brought up. Since the husband’s secret was so central to the book and how the lives of the women played out, it was intresting for the author to add in a chapter at the end revealing what could have (or would have) happened had the husband not gone through with the actions that he was keeping secret. It posed lots of questions and truly demonstrated how one action by one person can change the course of so many people’s lives.
Overall, I recommend this read and look forward to reading another Liane Moriarty book in the future.
If you’d like to read about the other books I’ve read this year as part of my reading challenge, you can find my reviews here:
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Most Talkative by Andy Cohen
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
Stars over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
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