Book Review: The Husband's Secret

Feb 6, 2017

Here comes another thriller novel to share with you all. After doing some research, I discovered The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. I chose this novel because it's fairly new and I know a lot of viewers are looking for modern books. This happens to be Moriarty's breakout novel, and it has been a major success for her. She's sold over 3 million copies! Here's a short summary from Goodreads:

"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.
Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves."
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Pros: 
Many of the characters had witty and modern personalities and I found that to be so refreshing. There was a wavering feminist tone to it all which I think is important in today's writing. The structure is very clever! Each chapter feels like an episode of a TV series where you keep discovering something new about the characters. My favorite part about reading this novel was seeing how all of the characters connected. Moriarty does a fantastic job with tying each of her mini stories into this one large story. All of her mini stories are pretty well-developed, too. The main conflict in this novel was thrilling and it wavered over every page, giving the story an alternate meaning as I read. The ending was certainly unexpected and I absolutely LOVED my shocked reaction. A telling epilogue made for a well-rounded and complete ending, which wasn't necessary but definitely enjoyable.

Cons: Though I enjoyed the witty personalities, some characters felt too similar. I kept wondering: Are these characters all so cynical all the time? I had no issue with the wit and sarcasm -- I can relate to that on a personal level -- but I did have an issue with nearly every single character being witty and sarcastic. It just got to be too much at times. I have to say that while reading this thriller, I got more of a romance and family vibe than anything else. I was expecting far more thrill than what I actually received. During a large chunk of the story, I was honestly a little bored. Could you call this a thriller novel? Personally, I'd say no. That was disappointing for me because I got this book under the impression that it was.

Overall: A witty modern story about secrets and sacrifice. Be prepared to laugh, gasp, scoff, and connect with a lot of characters. If you're looking for an intense thriller, this may not be the best choice for you. However, if you enjoy episodic and edgy dramas, get a hold of this fun-structured book.

Personal Rating Score: 4/5
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