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 . . .
I've read a few of Liane Moriarty's books now and I am always amazed by the absolute minutiae of human life that she manages to get into a book. I find myself thinking - oh I didn't know other people did that, or I didn't know anyone else thought like that. She has so many of these insights which is good going considering how many different characters are in the book.
That brings me to my only gripe with this book - too many characters. I kept getting them mixed up, it took a moment to remember whose mother was whose, and who was married to whom. One of the sub stories probably could have been a book in its own right and I got a little sidetracked into that. However, the way in which the different characters lives entwine brings very different dimensions to the story line.
The premise of this book is that a wife finds a letter written by her husband years ago, which he tells her not to read. There is a little bit of suspense while we wonder whether she will or will not read the letter.
The fallout from reading the letter was not quite what I expected - I won't spoil it for you. The epilogue is a little bit of "sliding doors" - what would have happened, could have happened in another timeline which kept me thinking a little longer after I finished the book.
I'm giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.
This is a book from my own personal shelf.