#bookreview The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty published by Penguin Books @PenguinUKBooks

Amazon blurb:

The Husband’s Secret is a gripping story about love, deception and how the smallest choice can have the biggest consequences. From the bestselling author of the hit HBO series Big Little Lies.

How well do you know your husband?

My Darling Cecilia

If you’re reading this, then I’ve died.

Happily married and the mother of beautiful children, Cecilia has the perfect life . . . until she finds the envelope. 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.

Cecilia – betrayed, angry and distraught – wants to do the right thing, but right for who? If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will destroy her. But if she reveals her husband’s secret, she will hurt those she loves most . . .

The Husband’s Secret is about the things we know, the things we don’t, and whether or not we ever get to choose. Above all, though, it’s about how we must live with the consequences of our actions – whether we like it or not.

My reading experience:

Yet another triumph by Liane Moriarty. At points I held my breath as the words unravelled in front of me and I was completely immersed in the lives of her characters.

Cecelia and John-Paul have a normal married life. They have the usual highs and lows, moments of distance and times of togetherness. Cecelia is trying to get the award for perfect mother to three young girls, including being top of her game in Tupperware sales. Will and Tess have their son Liam and an advertising business they run with Tess’s cousin Felicity who is the best Aunty and friend anyone could wish for. As we meet Rachel, Connor, Janie and Rob, we see how their lives intertwine and crash into each other on a trajectory of love, pain and regret.

Full of anticipation, fated with choice and consequences, heart-pounding and heart-wrenching, this story will capture your soul.

Themes: love, loss, choices, consequences, six degrees of separation, family, tragedy, grief, dishonesty, trust, karma, regret

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