Saturday, 31 August 2013

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

If it wasn't for The Berlin Wall, Cecilia Fitzpatrick may never have found the letter that changes her life forever. Her middle daughter’s obsession with The Berlin Wall sends her up into the attic looking for her own piece of the wall, which is where she finds a letter from her husband that is to be opened only in the event of his death. 

Cecilia has it all; a beautiful family, a secure marriage, a successful business and she is an integral part of the community. But curiosity gets the better of her and the secret she uncovers devastates the foundations her perfect life are built on. The secret also has repercussions for grieving school secretary Rachel and introvert Tess who is going through marital problems of her own. 

I loved how this story was written in a suspenseful way that keeps you turning pages. The letter is introduced early on but she doesn't open it straight away and it makes you want to read on to find out the dreaded secret! But Cecilia’s husband’s secret isn't the only one as more characters come into it bringing their own hidden issues and problems.

I liked how much detail was included about the main characters and their families so you really get a feel for their personalities and care more when issues both good and bad arise. Even though the storyline goes to dark places, it’s also very entertaining in parts as well. I also liked how the novel outlined all the possibilities for the characters, had certain events not occurred. 

The Husband’s Secret is a fascinating portrayal of domestic life and the dark secrets that people can hide from the ones they love. Engrossing and sentimental, you won’t want to put this down.

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