The Husband's Secret

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty - 394 pages
Book Blurb:
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.
My Review: 4 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this quick book and would highly suggest it to people for a great vacation read. The author seamlessly weaves the stories of three very different women together at a wonderful pace. All of them are at different stages in their married life, and again, this author tackles marriage and motherhood as she did in What Alice Forgot. She delves into secrets vs. the truth and the reasons why both can be good and evil simultaneously. All three of the protagonists had qualities that made them easily relatable to the reader. The idea (mentioned in the prologue) about Pandora’s box and the premise of what if  was an underlying theme of the book. I did find one editing error that bugged me, anyone else catch it? (Cecilia watches a news program that discusses how to talk to mourners after a loss, and then she comments to herself how she did what she read in the magazine regarding mourners.)
Quotes I liked:
- “She was a far better mother when she had an audience.”

- “Marriage was a form of insanity; love hovering permanently on the edge of aggravation.”

- “Anyway, weren’t women allowed to be sexist for the next two hundred years or so, until they evened up the score?”

- “(Her mother was forty years old. What could possibly be going on in her life that was so interesting?)”
- “This Thursday night felt like adolescence: exquisitely painful and sharply beautiful.”

- “She always pretended to herself that she didn’t let Lauren help because she was trying to be the perfect mother-in-law, but really, when you didn’t let a women help, it was a way of keeping her at distance, of letting her know that she wasn’t family, of saying I don’t like you enough to let you into my kitchen.”

- “Dr. Yue seemed highly intelligent because he wore glasses and perhaps because he was Asian, which was racial stereotyping, but Cecilia didn’t care. She hoped that Dr. Yue’s mother had been on of those pushy tiger mothers. She hoped poor Dr. Yue didn’t have any other interests apart from medicine. She loved Dr. Yue. She loved Dr. Yue’s mother.”

Tags: 2014, Fiction, Chick Lit, Mystery, Romance, Friendship

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