by Liane Moriarty
I’ve looked forward to writing my first book review since I started this blog about a month ago, so I’m happy it’s a positive one!
Last week I listned to The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, and it was truly a perfectly mixed cocktail of a story.
My first sip was when I read the summary: a wife discovers a letter from her husband to only be read in the unfortunate instance of his death. Of course, she reads the letter, and her life is changed forever. Tastes pretty good, I’ll have another sip.
The first chapter kicks off with the witty internal monologue I’m finding Moriarty is quite skilled at. Cecilia, the wife with the letter, is also a mother of three young girls, runs her own Tupperware company, is the town’s token school mom and wife of a devilishly handsome husband: everything I aspire to be – sorry feminists out there.
The next chapters introduce the other two protagonists – Rachel, a grandmother who loves her grandson, resents her daughter-in-law, and has bitterly pushed her son away while grieving the murder of her daughter; and Tess, a boss lady who has just found out her husband and best friend/cousin have fallen in love.
Like a well-mixed cocktail, I take my time enjoying the first few chapters. They make me laugh and sympathize with all three women. Though I haven’t found out what is in the letter yet, I willingly accept the second round Moriarty serves me. I’m pacing myself.
And then: Cecilia reads the letter.
Does he have another child from an affair? Is he secretly a woman? Is there millions of dollars waiting for her and her daughters in his will? Is he part of the witness protection program, in danger of the mafia tracking him down for said millions of dollars? Far too predictable.
Once she reads the letter, I realize now that this cocktail of a story has gotten me drunk. And just like that, I order another one and keep the story going.
There is only one lull towards the end of the story. It was enough to sober me back up and prepare myself for the end. The epilogue is a reassuring glass of water, capping off the story and re-assuring you that you won’t have a hangover in the morning.
If you’re a Big Little Lies fan, I have to tell you: I liked this novel better. I found the characters more endearing, their morality more debatable; and as a result, I find that the conclusion of the story is up for your own interpretation. Let’s face it, when Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Anniston picked up Big Little Lies, we knew that there was a politically correct and incorrect way to form opinions about it.
Have you read this book? What do you think? Feel free to comment, send me a message on Instagram, or an e-mail to chat about it!