I was really excited when I was asked to taken part in the book tour for Liane Moriarty's new book, The Husband's Secret. I received a copy of the book which has a ridiculously beautiful cover plus a letter which looked like this:
how I would react if in the same position as one of the book's characters. I won't tell you what was in the letter though as I know some people taking part in the tour have far better will-power than me and still haven't opened them! Anyway, let me tell you a little bit about the book and share my review, The Husband's Secret is going to be a big hit, it is a fantastic read!
Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret- something so terrible it would haunt not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive...
Cecilia Fitzpatrick achieved it all- she's an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community and 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: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia- or each other- but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband's devastating secret.
You have to read this book! It is my favourite book of 2013 and I just didn't want it to end. I very much enjoyed Liane Moriarty's previous book What Alice Forgot but I believe that The Husband's Secret is even better and I am so excited as to what this author will do in the future.
Cecilia Fitzpatrick is a loving wife and a mother of beautiful daughters. However, her whole world comes crashing down when she finds a letter from her husband to be read upon his death. But John-Paul is not dead, he is just away on a business trip. There are many references to Pandora's Box in the book and it is a perfect comparison. The letter written by John-Paul acts as a devastating catalyst, it sets off a series of events that will change their lives and those around them forever.
The Husband's Secret is a seriously gripping read as you are constantly asking yourself what would you do, what would you say, how would you react? All of the characters in this book have secrets, some more serious than others; Liane Moriarty looks at why we keep secrets, what our limits are and the consequences of secrets being discovered. Cecilia Fitzpatrick is a particularly interesting character, she is a woman very much in control at the beginning of the book but when she discovers her husband's secret, her life seems to unravel layer by layer and you get a real sense of the burden she feels knowing the truth and the responsibility placed in her hands.
It's hard to review the book without giving the plot away but I urge you to read The Husband's Secret, it is a fascinating book with an intricate plot and it will leave you with so much to think about.
Many thanks to Penguin for inviting me to take part in this blog tour, here's a little video about this book, it is out now!