The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty


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.

2 out of 5 stars

“All these years there had been a Tupperware container of bad language in her head, and now she opened it and all those crisp, crunchy words were fresh and lovely, ready to be used.”

What an absolute disappointment. The Husband’s Secret has one of the most interesting premises I’ve ever read. A wife finds a letter addressed to her to read, but only in the event of her husband’s death. How intriguing and riveting and exciting! However, the book was a disappointment at page 50.

The book is told from three different characters’ perspectives. Each of these characters are connected in some way. At the beginning of the book, I found this annoying and trivial since I was only interested in the story line with the letter. As the book progressed, I became marginally more interested in the other stories.
In all honesty, one of the other perspectives was completely useless while the other was slightly useful.

After the initial introduction of each of the characters was complete around page 50, I guessed the contents of the letter. But it isn’t until about halfway through the book the letter is revealed. The rest of the book is the consequences of the letter. It was boring, slow, and tedious.

Overall, The Husband’s Secret was an incredible disappointment. The author managed to turn an intriguing premise into a boring story with two utterly useless perspectives.

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