Back of the book says:
‘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 Jean-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. Jean-Paul’s letter confesses to an act of madness from before he knew Cecilia which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others. Cecilia – betrayed, angry and distraught – wants to do the right thing, but right for who? If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will worm through her heart. But if she reveals her husband’s secret, she will hurt those she loves most . . .’
‘Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora.’ The last line in the book and it is one that really made me think about what I had just finished reading. This book took me a little while longer to get into than usual mainly because I have been in a bit of a reading and writing funk. Aside from that the story was slightly choppy at the beginning and it took a while to get used to the style of writing. Bouncing from one story to another without word of a warning can be quite disconcerting but when some of the pieces of the story start to fall into place then it is easier to follow and time to start embracing what is actually being read.
By the time I got to around page 60 I was hooked and this book was one that I didn’t want to put down. Much of the same can be said about the ending of the book – I wanted more. The one character in the book however that I really disliked was Cecelia, now I understand that she went through a lot of emotional backlash from the day she opened the letter (that took many pages to get to!) however she is a just boring. Overall the storyline was fast paced and actually made your heart race.
The message I took away from this book is that you never know what life has in store for you because Life itself keeps that eternal secret locked away until events unfold with time. So LIVE and enjoy every moment that passes you by to the fullest because when you look back at what you could have done it will be to little to late.
This book review is dedicated to a loving father and wonderful husband who passed away in his sleep yesterday – he was my friends dad and just such a wonderful man. He will be missed by many not only for his outward charm but his out-and-out honesty. He was and will always be loved by us all. God bless you Les. Get the bingo ready for us all up there. xXx