Thursday, January 16, 2014
Patty Pick for 1/16/14 is "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty
"The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty will turn you inside out with laughter, grief and suspense, all at the same time. Even though this book can be a little predictable in places, you will be glad, especially if you have a daughter. No one wants to the read the ending that will be flying toward you. As you fall into their lives you want to know more, and so you follow the trails that the author quietly leads you down. The ending will surprise and bewilder you. It may even make you cry, it did me.
The many people who grow up and return to this small town are all inter-related. They grew up together, their parents are friends or relatives, their children go to the same small school. Their lives touch each other and change the course of their futures.
As we meet Rachel, she is still dealing with the loss of her daughter to murder when she was a teenager. Even though it has been many years, she has never fully recovered enough to deal with it. She thinks she finally has evidence to nail the killer. Felicity and Tess have a complicated friendship that plays out in the book and they suddenly realize they are using each other as a crutch. This is after quite an upheaval in their personal lives.
And then there is Cecelia and her husband John-Paul and their perfect family. When Cecelia learns her husband's secret, by finding and reading a hidden letter, it can not be returned to its hiding place. Nothing will be the same again. Do you really know your spouse? What could you live with to protect your family? What events make your conscience take over and what will you do?
This will probably be a quick read for most of you, but don't rush it. The ending comes soon enough. Just remember that you don't know what you would do in these situations. Hopefully you and I never will. Make sure you don't miss the pages at the end about what Jane's life may have been like.