The Husband's Secret

Friday, May 16, 2014

I mentioned in Monday's post that I was starting a new phase of my blog: book reviews! Books are pretty much my favorite thing ever, so why not add them to my blog? You can find my books page on my top navigation bar. There I will gather all my book reviews for easy looking up. This is my first book review, so go easy on me :)

"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."

I thought the Goodreads summary above didn't really justify this awesome book. First of all, the book is about more than Cecilia. There are three or four women (all of who have husband's with secrets-hence the title) the book focuses on. Rachel, Tess, even Janie got the shaft in the description.
I fell in love with this book just from seeing the cover. I know, I know, don't judge by its cover. But it's beautiful! I realized pretty quickly that Moriarty was Australian when I started reading. Some authors have trouble setting the scene for me, especially if they're writing about a place they're not from. Moriarty didn't have that problem as her scene was very clearly Australia.
The format of this book is different than I've ever read. The narrator skips from person to person, like from Tess to Cecilia to Rachel, etc. But it's not a jolt, it feels very smooth in the transition. One of the things I really liked was the author would just casually mention that let's say Tess' son was watching TV and she heard the Biggest Loser in the background. When Moriarty transitions to the next character, she also mentions the Biggest Loser being on in their home. It connects the space and the time and I really liked that.
One thing that caught me a little off guard is the chapters that focus on Janie. Janie is dead and randomly in the middle of the book these flashbacks that focused on Janie started. I guess I would have been more comfortable if they'd been there from the beginning, but they were just there all of the sudden.
What really blew my mind about this book was the epilogue. I'm not going to give anything away, but it really opened the book up in a different way and threw a huge curve ball into things. I was shocked and wanted to read more! In my mind, that signifies a great book when you don't want it to end.
Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone. You can relate to one character or another, it feels real. There's a little bit of an underlying mystery-genre feeling too. One thing I will say is this book is not one to stop reading and pick back up later. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and a lot of back stories, but it wasn't one I wanted to put down so hopefully it won't be an issue for you either :)


  1. This book is on my shelf and I can't wait to read it! It will be next!

  2. hmmm i'll definitely have to add this to my "to read" list...sounds really, really awesome! thanks for sharing girl!

    1. Glad I could suggest it for you!

  3. Hmmm I will have to check this book out!!

    1. It's great you definitely should!


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