“None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have and maybe should have taken. It's probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora.”
Genre: Chick Lit / Mystery
Number of Pages: 396
Perspective: Alternating Third
The Husband’s Secret follows several women’s lives as they criss-cross paths. Most of the events are triggered when Cecilia finds a letter that her husband wrote for her in the event of his death. The secret inside can and will ruin several people’s lives. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I read this book because I fell in love with Moriarty’s other book, Big Little Lies. Both were books that I couldn’t put down and finished the day that I started them. I would say that I still prefer Big Little Lies over this one, even though this one also won my Best Book Award.
I like how she makes her characters flawed. That typically makes them unlikable by the readers, but in this case, I think that makes them more relatable. The characters themselves all have real emotions and are—for the most part—are doing typical everyday things.
At first, her books can be confusing since there are so many characters and perspectives and they are all introduced in a short period of time. But, once you push past the first few chapters, it is much easier to keep track of everyone.
This book has an epilogue, which I think can make or break a book. I wasn’t sure about this one at first, but I feel a lot more content with the events in the book after reading it (I don’t want to say more than that, so I don’t give away the book).
If you’ve read Big Little Lies, it definitely has the same feel. A mystery, that deals with tough topics, but still feels light-hearted. She also creates events that line up and parallel with each other very well. By that I mean, there is a ton of cause and effect. One character does this, and it directly or indirectly affects another character, even if they don't seem to be connected at all. My only complaint is that some of the main characters felt like they had the exact same personality as some of the characters in Big Little Lies, but that must just be the type of personality that Moriarty likes to portray. I would recommend this book to anyone—even males. If you don’t believe me, one of my guest writers—a man—talks about reading Big Little Lies. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“You’ve been here before. It won’t kill you. It feels like you can’t breathe, but you actually are breathing. It feels like you’ll never stop crying, but you actually will.”
o Amber Gregg o