Cecelia Fitzpatrick did everything perfectly. Her life was perfect, her daughters were perfect, her marriage and job were perfect. She was also perfectly neurotic.
Her daughter was doing a paper about the Berlin Wall and Cecilia had a piece of it from a trip she had taken in college. While looking for it in her perfectly organized and labeled totes in the attic, her husband's files in old piled up shoe boxes, fell over. She stumbled into the unstable stack, the contents fell all over the attic floor and a letter literally fell into her hands. She hadn’t been going through John-Pauls' things just looking for her piece of the wall.
The letter was addressed to her in the event of John-Pauls' death.
Here is the moral dilemma and the point of this novel; should she open the letter, can she keep herself from opening it? Can she live with the consequences? What would you do?
I saw that "The Husband's Secret" was being referred to as "chick lit". We need to come up with a different name for "chick lit". I've found that it’s a classification that is used to categorize little gems created by some of the funniest, most insightful writers today. The “chick lit” reference misleads most readers into thinking that all the books in this genre are funny pieces of fluff.
There is much more to the “Husband’s Secret” than fluff. Liane Moriarty creates very believable characters wrestling with real emotional issues that arise from the contents of a letter.
I don't mean that there aren't funny scenes and dialogue in this book, because there is some definite fun in "The Husband's Secret". There are is also a sense that not everyone takes themselves too seriously. Or they take themselves too seriously, which in itself, is pretty funny.
Liane Moriarity knows how to draw you in whether it is with her wicked sense of humor or her ways of using great dialogue to paint her word pictures. Her plotting and the pace that is set from page one will keep you turning the pages until you get friction burns on your finger tips.
After this little glimpse I know you're going to want the whole story. You can get "The Husband's Secret" on Amazon.