Title: The Husband’s Secret
Author : Liane Moriarty
Publication Date: 07/30/13
Dates Read: 12/04/17 – 12/16/17
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This is a review for the Audible version of The Husband’s Secret.
Oh, Liane Moriarty. You have won me over again.
I recently read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and immediately fell in love with her talent for characterization and the very Desperate Housewives snarky-ness and hilarity of the dialogue. Now be warned, her novels do have an abundance of characters and usually change perspectives as the chapters change— but it is so worth it to see the character development unfold and see the unique ways that she intertwines their stories.
In The Husband’s Secret, you are quickly introduced to three main women who are at the center of the story.
Cecilia Fitzpatrick — For me, Cecilia is the heart of the story. I love her over-the-top, hilarious character. She’s a front-runner who seemingly has her life all together, packed nice and organized into a little box (much like the Tupperware she sells). Cecilia finds a letter from her husband in the attic that is noted to be opened in the event of his death. We all know what is going to happen here… You can’t dangle a carrot in front of a horse and expect him not to move.
Tess O’Leary — Tess is your average wife, mom, business-owner combo, nothing drastically exciting happening in her life.. that is until her husband and cousin (who is also her best friend and business partner) sit her down to “let her know” that they have fallen in love. How will Tess cope with this news? How do you move forward after an announcement like that?
Rachel Crowley — Rachel is a middle-aged woman who is fighting the conflict of her young grandson moving (with his family) to New York, in a completely different country across a vast ocean. She is also suffering through the echoing grief that lingers from her daughter’s murder many years ago. Does time heal all wounds? Will Rachel ever be able to find a sense of closure?
These characters are so much fun and the conflicts they all face are so real. They are conflicts that many people face every day, but are by no means easy to deal with. I could feel the hurt, frustration, betrayal, confusion, paranoia, and anxiety of all of these characters and loved watching their stories unfold. Their stories all intersect in the end in the most unexpected and captivating ways. Make sure you don’t skip over the epilogue. I love when a novel can make me stop and ponder things in my own life and my own choices, and the epilogue of this novel did just that.
“None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have and maybe should have taken. It’s probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora.”
**One last note: I have only ever listened to the Audible version of Liane Moriarty’s books and I will probably continue to experience them this way because I think the actual audio form of these character’s voices is brilliant. I love how their personalities are portrayed through their dialogue and the intonation in their voices.
Especially my dear, sassy Cecilia…
““All these years there had been a Tupperware container of bad language in her head, and now she opened it and all those crisp, crunchy words were fresh and lovely, ready to be used.”