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The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

Women's Fiction 5*'s
Women’s Fiction

I chose this book based on the blurb which sounded intriguing

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty is a letter that’s not meant to be read . . .

Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic.
Written in her husband’s hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death.
Curious, she opens it – and time stops.

John-Paul’s letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others.

‘Oh, Pandora. Where’s your willpower? You were told not to open that box, you snoopy girl, you typical woman with your insatiable curiosity; now look what you’ve gone and done.’

Lianne Moriarty has produced an immensely readable book in the Husband’s Secret because it includes all the ingredients of a good story; a believable plot, characters that are well-developed and writing that pulls the reader in from the first page. The short chapters; there are 59 for this 400 page book, alternate between three women’s lives plus excerpts from an April day in 1984 when Rachel’s daughter Janie made a decision which was to have repercussions years later.

The story concerns the fate of three women in the week before Easter. Cecilia is the super-organised mother of three girls ranging from 6 to 12 whom accidently finds letter written by her husband Jean-Paul, stating it is to be read after his death. Rachel works as a secretary at the local primary school still grieving for a daughter who died as a teenager while Tess has returned to Sydney with a convenient excuse to help her mother who has broken her ankle but in reality to escape a momentous revelation from her husband Will. The three women’s lives are connected but we don’t find out why and how until later in the book when we have got to know them.

Set in Australia this book starts with the myth of Pandora ‘s Box and this theme runs throughout; what do you do when you would rather not know something. The three women all find out that their lives and beliefs aren’t quite what they think they are, they examine their core values and have to live with the consequences of their actions.

I received my copy of this book through Amazon Vine.


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

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