The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty is a gripping and thought-provoking novel. As you can guess from the title of the book, there is a secret that is uncovered. The secret is a dark one and has the potential to change the life of everyone involved. The biggest question that the book brings in front of us is how well is it really possible for a person to know their spouses.
There are three main female protagonist in the book. And all of their lives are connected to each other in ways that they don’t know. Cecilia Fitzpatrick is perfect. She has a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then one day, she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul. The letter specifically states that it is to be opened only in the event of his death. But, Cecilia opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt.
Tess O’Leary has recently moved into the city with her son and has enrolled him in the same school as Cecilia’s daughters. They barely know each other. And then, there is Rachel Crowley, the school’s secretary whose daughter was killed nearly three decades ago. The killer has not yet been found. The author does not focus much on the men in the book. They pale in comparison to the females. But, you won’t be missing them.
The way the lives of the characters are presented in the book is very relatable. While reading the book you will feel all the emotions of the characters. Their stories all intersect in the end in the most unexpected and captivating ways. You will really be in for a surprise when you find out what the secret actually is. By the time you reach the end of the book, you will really start to question human nature. You will realize that we are not really the people who we think we are. You might not agree with what Cecilia does in the book, but that does not make it wrong. Maybe, if you were in her situation, you would have done the same thing.