Margin Notes: The Husband's Secret

The Husband's Secret


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

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died...

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.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I actually listened to the audiobook version of this on the plane to Italy. It was my first real attempt at an audio book in awhile, and I enjoyed it! I wanted something that, if I day dreamed for a second, I could come back to easily. Something light and easy. This book performed admirably, and I think I'm getting into the Audio book game--perfect timing for laying on the beach and having a story read to me :) My friend Megan listens to tons of audiobooks and has been telling me how great it is for a long time... I'm finally getting on board. (Also, the narrator has an Australian accent in this audio version... loved that!)

This book tells the story of a tragedy many years ago and how it affects a small community, and particularly three families. It peeks into the lives of the women in the families and gives us their take on their lives, their tragedies, and the way they navigate a world where something awful has happened.

Each woman was flawed in a believable, understandable way. They author makes you believe that these women are real people and handling situations as best they can. While I found the plot line a bit out there and contrived, I still found myself rooting for these women.

Perfect for a beach, or a pool. A literary, best book of the year, this is not.

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