The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
(Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 2013, 394 pages)
I was lucky enough to receive a preview copy of this book when I went to the American Library Association’s Annual Conference this past summer. I’d read and enjoyed Moriarty’s previous book, What Alice Forgot, so I was eager to check out this new title. The story is told from the points of view of three women: Cecelia, Rachel, and Tess. These women barely know each other but their lives are all going to be affected by one man’s secret.
Cecelia is a woman whose life is always in order – other women and mothers are jealous of how together she is. One night while she was rummaging around in her attic she discovered a sealed envelope with her name on the front. The envelope said the enclosed letter was only to be read on the event of her husband’s death. John Paul was out of the country on business so Cecelia was surprised when, after she’d casually mentioned finding the letter, he cut his business trip short and arrived home the next day. Clearly there was something about what he’d written that had him upset. He didn’t want Cecelia reading it, so now she was more determined to find out what he was hiding. What she uncovers will throw her out of orbit…
Rachel and Tess also wind up being affected by the contents of this letter. Rachel is haunted by a tragic event in her past and Tess is struggling with the notion that her marriage might be over. As their lives begin to intersect and John Paul’s secret catches up with him, everyone’s lives are changed.
While it was a little confusing keeping people straight at first The Husband’s Secret kept my attention. I was involved in the story quickly and wanted to find out what would happen. This book was chosen for one of my book clubs and I think it will be fun to discuss. I definitely think this is a good read – I got through it quickly and was always eager to pick it back up whenever I had to put it down.