November 14, 2013
The Husband's Secret
"Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora." ~ pg. 337
Cecilia's husband wrote a letter to be opened after his death. It so happens that Cecilia stumbles across this letter while her husband is very much alive. Of course she's curious but when she mentions finding the letter to her husband, his first reaction is to ask whether she read it and insists it not be read yet. Hmmm... Little does Cecilia know that the letter's contents can destroy many lives.
This book is told in alternating viewpoints which was confusing for the first few chapters. I honestly just kept reading because I was curious about what was in the letter and how it would be handled. A central theme was loss and relationships. The author could have really developed these themes further enough to engage readers. But midway through, I still couldn't relate to any of the characters or care enough how things would end.
The Husband's Secret was our Chick Lit Book Club selection for October. Let's just say I enjoyed our group discussion more than reading the book itself. It didn't have a lasting effect. The book could've been about fifty pages shorter. Frankly, I do not understand how this book has over 11,000 ratings with an average of four stars. So obviously, I am in the minority when I say The Husband's Secret was just okay.
Title: The Husband's Secret
Author: Liane Moriarty
Published: July 2013