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Book Review: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

This is the ultimate ‘what if?’ novel. Celica Fitzpatrick is a devoted wife and mother until she finds a letter from her husband with ‘to be opened only in the event of my death’ written on the sealed envelope when she is cleaning out the attic. Celica’s husband is not dead – he is simply away on a business trip. She initially decides not to open the letter, but when she talks to him on the phone she is convinced he is lying, so she gives into temptation and reads the letter. What she discovers is that her husband is hiding a terrible secret, one that will tear the very fabric of her marriage apart.

Tess is another character who discovers a terrible secret when her husband and best friend declare that they are in love. She leaves with her son to stay with her mother. Tess and Celica’s lives are about to intersect in surprising ways…

There is also another layer to this well-plotted novel, but I don’t want to do any spoilers so won’t go into more details. This is a well-constructed book with characters to really care for and an intriguing premise – would you have opened the letter in the same circumstances?

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