I posted a few weeks back that I was reading The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarity and so I am linking up with Kay from Best Intentions for blogger book club with my review of this book.
I had a really hard time coming up with how I felt about this book. I guess it is a good thing that the book stayed with me, but also not good that it didn’t make me feel one way or the other.
Excerpt from Goodreads: My Darling Cecilia
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died . . .
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 destroy 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 business woman, 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.
The main character appears to be Cecilia with her perfect life, perfect husband, perfect children, and perfect career. Her world is shattered when she discovers a letter written by her husband. It isn’t until she mentions it to her husband and his pretend indifference of her tossing the letter as it was just a silly whim that her life is shattered.
Opening that letter brings her life intersecting with Rachel the school secretary who lost her daughter at the age of 17 in a violent manner. She pegs the murderer as the physical education teacher Connor (I think that was his name?) who looks at her with “guilt in his eyes” when he looks at her. She spirals out of control wanting to prove he did it.
Tess enters her son into the mix when enrolling him in school. Tess has fled to her mother’s in an escape to her husbands
mid-life crisis admission that he has fallen in love with her cousin and their business partner. Tess knew Connor previously and dated shortly.
The secret takes awhile to come out and with not much flair. The telling is more so in how they deal with the secret and the decision of what would you do to protect your family. I felt that every intersecting character was well written and you got a sense of each person however after 300+ pages the ending was “neatly” wrapped up in a nice package in the last few pages and the Epilogue. I think my hardest part of liking or not liking this story is that I didn’t like the ending. I didn’t like how the characters chose their future. I felt I knew them through the telling of the story and I liked them as characters but in choosing their futures I didn’t really care for them at all. Some just gave up in such a weak way, and others were vindictive and holier than though.
I guess you will never know what you will do if you were to actually be in their shoes but in the telling of the ending I couldn’t see myself making any of the choices any of the women made. So in that I had a hard time deciding how I felt about this book. I do feel it is worth a read.
Questions I came up with to go along this book:
Would/Have you stay/ed with someone who cheated on you? Is it cheating if it is emotional but not sexual?
Is there anything you wouldn’t do for family?
Do you forgive completely or with conditions?
If you saw someone commit a crime would you report it? Any reason why you wouldn’t report it?
Kate @ Another Clean Slate says
I loved this book but I can see why someone else might not like it as much. I loved the mystery and the deceit. It was shocking though!
I really liked it up to the end, but I felt it was rushed at the end and I didn’t like how some of the stories ended. I liked it just wasn’t my favorite.
kathy @ vodka and soda says
cheating is out of the question and is something i would divorce over in a heart beat. cheating is a concious decision that one makes and is unforgiveable. even if i was with my husband for 20years and i find out he cheated, i would leave his ass in a second. ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat.
Yes, cheating is such a hard line for me. You can’t trust someone after they cross that line.
SMD @ Life According to Steph says
This book didn’t appeal to me, thanks for the full on review, I know not reading it is the right call for me!
Very welcome. Glad you found it helpful. It was an easy read, but you won’t miss anything not reading it.
Your review is way better than mine! Ha! I am glad I read it, but it was not one of my “favorite books ever.” I am excited about Kay’s pick for next month. Don’t think badly of me for my joy, lol
Haha!! Thank you! Yes, it was weird at the end it left me struggling to write about it but it wasn’t bad. I am too so no judgement here! I read books like that all the time. It is good to mix up genre’s. 🙂
I’ve stayed with someone who cheated before. I never would again though. I was miserable. The trust was gone… I think that more often than not, that’s what happens – the trust gets completely destroyed.
Yes, once the trust is gone there is no getting it back. I would always be waiting for them to do it again.
Yay for reading books that leave you unsure how to feel! haha. jk. I hope your next book experience is better! I’m checking out the blogger’s book club thing, though!
It was really weird. I guess it is a good thing to have questions, but I like to end a book and be done with it. This one lingered.
Amanda Bumgarner says
Sounds like an interesting book! I don’t know if I would like it for the same reason you said: I am often frustrated when the ending is too easy. Fun premise, though!
It was good overall. It just seemed rushed. Like they tried to tie everything up at the last minute. It did make me think though so I guess that is a good thing.