The Husband’s Secret. Finished 9-16-13, rating 4.75/5, fiction, 395 pages, pub. 2011
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At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read
My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died. . .
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.
Perfect mom and wife, Cecilia, finds the letter in the beginning of the book but we don’t actually find out what’s in it until almost halfway through and that’s when this page-turner became difficult to put down. The beginning is us getting to know the three main women and their stories. As the uber-mom, I had a difficult time connecting with Cecilia (at least until the end when her emotions were the most heartfelt to me) because I don’t get that perfection. I find motherhood all kinds of messy! And she ASKED her husband if she could open it! Either open it or not, but don’t ask. For the record, I may have held on to it for a few days but I believe that I ultimately would have opened the letter, but I can be a nosy so that’s to be expected. The most interesting question isn’t whether you’d open it, but what you’d do after you read it. It’s a toughie and one that begs to be discussed with others!
Tess and Rachel were the other alternating storylines that intersect more and more as the story picks up steam. Tess just found out that her husband and best friend from birth were in love with each other. As she hightailed it back to Sydney with her son, Rachel, the school secretary whose own daughter was murdered as a teen, was there to enroll him in school. I liked Tess’s story best probably because I understood her social awkwardness, as many of us can.
This story addressed so many aspects of a woman’s life: marriage, secrets, infidelity, friendship and motherhood. Tess and Cecilia had different marriage problems, but both came down to secrets and how much we really keep from and know our spouse. By the end it was Cecilia’s marriage that was the most fascinating and that’s all I can say about that without giving anything away. The epilogue was like nothing I’ve read before and it elevated the already great story.
I am lucky. This is my first Moriarty book so I still have more to read from this talented author. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
This book was sent to me by the publisher.