This is the book I’ve been waiting for. That might sound dramatic, but I haven’t read a book I absolutely adore since The Smart One, and that was in September (rereading Harry Potter doesn’t count). When I was only 50 pages in, I knew The Husband’s Secret was amazing and definitely lives up to the hype. It has everything I love in a book: a setting in a foreign country, underhanded humor, and extraordinary ordinariness.
The novel, written by Liane Moriarty, follows three women in Australia as they attempt to navigate the tricky situations life has recently dealt them. It all begins with an envelope addressed to Cecelia Fitzpatrick from her husband, only to be opened upon his death. The only problem is, she finds it while he is still alive. Meanwhile, Rachel Crowley is an elderly woman working as the elementary school secretary while still reeling from the death of her teenage daughter years ago. Across the country, Tess Curtis is enjoying married and family life until she receives news that sends her spinning out of control. Their stories become increasingly entwined for a puzzle-like plot that shows how one decision can alter the course of a lifetime. The title and cover look very chick lit, but Moriarty’s writing propels it far beyond the cliche category with its layers of complexity that make it hard to put down for even just a few hours.
Favorite line . . .
Perhaps nothing was ever “meant to be.” There was just life, and right now, and doing your best. Being a bit “bendy.”