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Good Reads – The Husband’s Secret

If you’re always looking for good reads, I’m sure you’ve heard of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. A bestseller, it’s only recently risen to the top of my To Be Read stack of books. Four teenagers, a lot of dogs and writing goals limit the time I actually have to sit down and read at this phase of my life.

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In an effort to extend that time though, I often listen to an audiobook in addition to reading the ebook. I love the Kindle and Audible feature in which the ebook and audiobook constantly synch, depending on which one you read from last. If I read from the ebook before I go to sleep at night and then listen to the audio in the car the next morning, the audio finds where I left off in the ebook. Which is really cool if you think about it.

The Husband’s Secret is an engrossing read from the very beginning because you will want to know exactly what the secret is that the husband John Paul has been hiding. He has spent much of his adult life trying to come to terms with an event that forever changed him.

This story provides a very clear reminder that choices always have consequences. And too that those consequences almost never affect a single person, but others as well. It also makes you think about the fact that sometimes we do things that simply cannot be undone, as much as we might wish for them to be. We see here that impulse and anger are rarely our friends.

The Husband’s Secret isn’t light reading, but it is extremely digestible and will leave you pondering the notion of what if and life’s narrow escapes.

I would compare this book in type to JoJo Moyes’s Me Before You, a big women’s fiction novel with threads of romantic interest, if not exactly romance.

Here’s the book’s back cover copy:

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that is not meant to be read…

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 with the potential to destroy not only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine 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, 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. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

 

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