The Husband’s Secret
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read
My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has 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 secret.
This was the book of the month for my book club. I normally wouldn’t select this type of book to read but I’m glad I did. I enjoyed this book, it tells the story of three women who live in Australia and how their lives are all connected because of a secret. Cecilia is a community active stay at home wife and mother who discovers a letter addressed to her from her husband. The letter is to be opened after his death, dun dun dun…. He’s still alive. She opens the letter against her husband’s wishes and the secret revealed can change their lives for ever. Rachel comes off as a bitter older woman whose only joy is her grandson. Years ago her teenage daughter was murdered and the killer never found. She still obsesses over the case but goes overboard when new evidence comes to light. Last but not least is Tess, her life seems to be smooth sailing until her husband and cousin confess to being in love with each other. SCANDALOUS!!!
The best thing about this book is the relatable feel it has. No, not everyone in this story has a happy ending and that’s life. I also enjoyed that the author did not bring the women together to address their problems get over them and then focus on one big bad. There is also a bit of mystery and romance without overdoing it. Overall a good story.
WHAT I DIDNT ❤
- It took me two months to get through this book :-O to me it was not a page turner. And there were a few times I felt the book to be boring and slow.
- The author included a fourth point of view somewhat towards the middle of the book that I don’t believe added anything to the story.
- The best part of the book was the epilogue. Not because it was over but it was really well written, funny and provided closure. I know these are all positives but to ready a book and you favorite portion is the end is really disappointing. But I still say this was an OK book.