February 25, 2014

A Book Review - The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

Hello, all,

Can you believe it's nearly the end of this month? With all the cooler and wetter than normal weather we've had in February I've spent a lot of time inside with a book.This was a title I'd heard about and wanted to read, so it was great to find a copy of the ARC at a sale a few weeks ago. 
Told from the points of view of three women involved in a chain of events stretching back years, this is a gripping account of the results of an unforeseen "what if" taking place. The characters are believable and engaging. The setting of Australia makes for an interesting backdrop to the working out of the plot. Things crank up when Cecelia finds a letter from her husband addressed to her to be opened after he dies. She reads it, and life as her family knows it is forever changed. Some people will not like the ending, although it works, because it's heartbreaking. I like following the way the three protagonists dealt with the sudden upheaval and unexpected shocks dealt out within a relatively short period of time, their behavior, motivations and thoughts. The epilogue was very satisfying for someone who often wonders about details not covered in the pages of a novel, or what happened after the last page. 

The author has written four other books; the only one I've read is What Alice Forgot, but it was excellent, too. If you've never had the pleasure of reading this talented writer from Down Under, get online or to a store and check her work out. I predict you'll be glad you did.

Happy reading!

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