The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

March 28, 2016
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At the heart of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty is a letter that is not meant to be read…

My darling Cecilia,
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine 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 only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine 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, 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. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Tess O’Leary is another character in the book.  Her husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess that they’ve fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother.  While in Sydney, she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St. Angela’s Primary school, where Cecelia is the star mother.  Rachel Crowley, is the school secretary, believes that Connor, The PE Teacher, is the man who, nearly 30 years ago, go away with murdering her daughter – a daughter for whom she is still grieving.

Moriarty here wittily and observantly chronicles the life of middle aged, middle class Australian women, suburbanites who grapple with prosaic issues like marital fidelity and torturous ones like moral guilt and responsibility. This book really makes you think.  Can good people do very, very bad things, and what, exactly, are we responsible for, and for how long?

I loved this book, and listened to it with Overdrive app. I couldn’t wait to get back in my car each day to hear what was going to happen.  At the beginning of the book, I had a hard time keeping up with the characters, but once the stories started intertwining it got easier.  It seems they are making a movie to be released this year, but I saw a lot of different things online – so no idea which is true.
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