Sunday, 3 November 2013

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

                     What would you do if you found a letter from your husband to you, but with the note to say only to be opened after his death?  Cecelia is in their loft looking for a piece of the ‘Berlin Wall’ for her daughter who wants to delve into this!! (I thought that was a bit ridiculous!)

She is immediately intrigued and when she speaks to her husband who is away on a business trip and mentions it, he is obviously uncomfortable and asks her not to open it.. she has already put it safe and unopened. Her suspicions that it is something quite serious are alerted as he arrives home three days early from his trip. She doesn’t give him the letter but says she has just put it back although she hasn’t. And it is left, but when she hears him in the loft after they have gone to bed and he thinks she is asleep, she knows he is desperate to find it. Of course then she opens it and her life is turned upside down by the contents Also central to the story are Tess O'Leary, whose marriage has just broken up, and Rachel Crowley who is still grieving the loss of her only daughter after 28 years. It is necessary to  mention Tess and Rachel as I did wonder at the start whether I was reading a different book to what I thought I had purchased, but it soon becomes apparent that they are linked; they just don't realise it at the start of the story.

You can really feel for the characters throughout the story - Cecelia who does not know what to do for the best when it comes to John-Paul's letter, Tess who is trying to come to terms with her own husband's revelation and Rachel who is still angry at the circumstances of her daughter's death. There is someone to relate to. The story does a good job of creating suspense and making you feel sympathetic towards the main characters. I will admit that I had suspected the twist (as in, it was one of a few possibilities I had considered once I was getting into the story), but it did not make it any less shocking and the twist is established about halfway through so there are plenty of things happening before the story's climax.

A great read which only took a few days to read and was extremely difficult to put down.

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