Book Review: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's SecretLast year I received The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty as a gift. The cover of the novel looked attractive and the story line seemed intriguing so I put it on my stash of Books To Read, deciding to save it for a time when I could savour the story. The last few days was that time. I read uninterrupted by work responsibilities and any deadlines. Being on holiday was the perfect time for me to enjoy this book with its unexpected twists.

The story centres on a letter written by a husband that was to be opened upon his death. Cecilia Fitzpatrick, however, finds it while her husband is very much alive. She hesitates to open it, mulling on whether the letter may answer some of the questions she has about his current behaviour. John-Paul’s continued strange behaviour encourages her to open the letter and, in its opening, releases a set of consequences that affects not only her life but also the lives of others.

From the first few pages, Moriarty’s story drew me in and my interest did not lag. Why not? The story was unlike any other I have read. Unexpected consequences kept occurring. The characters appeared authentic to me: their emotions felt real, their reactions expected. This book read like a description of events that could happen in my own neighbourhood. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I have decided to look for any other novels written by this same author.

If you enjoy reading true to life stories, then this book is for you. A perfect holiday read that will encourage you to turn the pages.

Do you enjoy reading true-to-life dramas?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

26 thoughts on “Book Review: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

  1. My favorite read is a fantasy/sci-fi adventure story. I suppose I’m a kid at heart. I do enjoy a true-to-life movie, so I think I might enjoy reading something like this. The book sounds intriguing.


    1. I enjoy the same genre of book as you 🙂
      am sure you will enjoy this read. It is not too predictable and is well written. And would make a very good”chic flic” 🙂


      1. It’s in my ‘Goodreads’ in the sidebar, Colline. I got it from the library entitled ‘The Other Hand’, but when I posted my review it was called ‘Little Bee’. Confused me somewhat! But a superb read. 🙂


  2. This seems to have a depth taking it beyond the normal chicklit genre the cover and title hint at.
    Maybe you can find Alice’s amnesia to cement or contradict your favourable impression?


    1. This is a book I would be surprised to find in the hands of a man. That does not mean, however, that the story is not well written nor interesting. Instead it does not contain action and mayhem. 🙂


              1. There must still be a readership – I seem that Amazon put on a new edition recently.
                Just thought of another (LONG!) series we all loved. Winston Graham. Although I haven’t been taken with very much of the other things he wrote, his Poldark series is simply brilliant, and that runs to 12 substantial books!.


  3. I do like novels that seem true to life or to the world they’re situated in. Such world’s don’t have to be my own, but need to be real at some point in history. I rarely enjoy sci-fi or fantasy.

    This review has piqued my interest.


  4. It sounds like it would make a great movie as well Colline. I don’t do much reading, except here on WordPress, so I would most certainly watch it if it’s made into a movie. 😆
    Great review hon. 😀


  5. I thoroughly enjoyed this book too, and it was one of the first I enjoyed on my samsung tablet! The first of many. I also like books by Jojo Moyes. Liz


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