Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Book Review: The Husband's Secret

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty review
Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecelia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband's hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death. 

Curious, she opens it - and time stops.

John-Paul's letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others.

Cecelia wants to do the right thing, but right for who?

If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will worm through her heart. But if she reveals her husband's secret, she will hurt those she loves most...

I struggled with this book, to be honest I only didn't stop reading because the truth of the letter was revealed quite far into the book and down to my own curiosity I wanted to know the details, not because the book gripped me so much that I needed to keep on reading.

The truth isn't even all that shocking, I just didn't get any real suspense or tension from the book and struggled to connect to the characters. OK, actually I hated all the characters!  Aside from Cecelia and John-Paul's story there's two other stories and they sort of all link together but it feels unnecessary for the most part and a bit like they were only developed so much to pad out a weak initial idea. 

Even though it wasn't so bad that I absolutely couldn't keep reading, it didn't provide me with any real entertainment or joy. It's safe to say I won't be trying anymore Liane Moriarty books in the future.

Rating: ★★
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