Oct 112014
Review: The Husband’s SecretThe Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Published by Penguin Audio on Jul 30, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: dnf

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

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died...

Imagine that 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 just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, 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, and 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: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

This was a book I heard so many good things about. So I was really disappointed not to love it more. I found it slightly repetitive, and rather boring. When my iPhone messed up and stopped playing the audiobook files, I realized I didn’t care enough about the story to try to fix it, and DNF’d instead.

The story revolved around 3 women who seem completely disconnected in the beginning, but as the story progresses, their stories start to weave together. Of the three, I felt the most for Tess. Right in her first scene, her husband and best friend (aka her cousin) announce that they are in love and want to be together. It completely takes Tess by surprise and devastates her. I can’t even imagine how that depth of betrayal must hurt.

The other women have issues too, including the bigger secret that is at play, but something about Tess’s story struck more of a chord with me. I think this is part of the reason why I struggled to enjoy the book. If you don’t care much about the main plot, and spend more time thinking about a smaller situation, how much can you possibly love a book?

The end result is that while the book intrigued me initially, I just didn’t care enough about the big secret to want to finish it.

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