Friday, 23 January 2015

Book Review: The Husband's Secret


This is the first book I have read for pleasure, since becoming a mummy. I have spent a lot of time reading baby-related texts, websites, blog posts and magazines; it has been nice to read a fiction novel for no reason other than I want to.

The Author & Blurb:
'The Husband's Secret' is written by Liane Moriarty, a wife and mother who lives in Sydney, Australia. Moriarty has written over 6 books now, with 'The Husband's Secret' published successfully around the world.

"At the heart of the top ten bestselling The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is a letter that's not meant to be read . . .Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband's hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death. Curious, she opens it - and time stops. John-Paul's letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others.Cecilia - betrayed, angry and distraught - wants to do the right thing, but right for who? If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will worm through her heart. But if she reveals her husband's secret, she will hurt those she loves most . . .Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, or anyone who enjoyed One Moment, One Morning or The Midwife's Confession, The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is about the things we know, the things we don't, and whether or not we ever get to choose. Above all, though, it's about how we must live with the consequences of our actions - whether we like it or not."

My Thoughts
The cover suggests a story of beauty and mystery, I found myself attracted by the design and title - exactly what their purpose is!
There are 3 main characters of the book; Tess, Cecilia and Ruth. Each woman has her own voice, her own quirks and her own story but gradually these stories start to intertwine. 
Personally, I found this very obvious from the start - though that wasn't a bad thing. The secret that Cecilia discovers ultimately becomes central, and as a wife & mother myself, I could empathise and only imagine how I might tackle such a revelation. Cecilia was definitely my favourite character in the book, and I enjoyed reading about her the most; I could see her being a #mummyblogger :)

I found Tess' obsession and repeated worrying about Felicity's character rather annoying. It becomes repetitive and unnecessary, though she has been bowled over by her husband's newly confessed secret. Still, it seems too much. Too whingey. 

I really enjoyed the character of Connor Whitby; he was attractive and mysterious enough on paper to be interesting. I found myself hoping things would work out for him.

Finally, the book's ending was quite neat and tidy but ultimately not very exciting. However, I did enjoy Moriarty's use of epilogue to give a sense of 'what if' and the final paragraph is very poignant.

Overall:
I would give 3 out of 5 for the book. 
I think the cover is more inviting than the actual story, and I disagree with the statement that it is 'literally


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