Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Husband's Secret (by Liane Moriarty)

This is a page-turner about a trio of women whose lives intersect, and reminded me of nothing so much as Gone Girl. Some of it is predictable (the "secret" is fairly obvious) but how it plays out is definitely not. It's well written and suspenseful. I'm focusing on "fun" reading between now and the end of the year, and this definitely qualifies.

I loved all three lead characters and their stories. There is perfectionist Tupperware saleslady Cecilia, Tess whose husband and best friend have fallen in love with each other, and Rachel who is still grieving the death of her teenage daughter. There are some big themes, some melancholy moments, some sadness, and some moral complexity for sure, and an ending that is quite haunting.

There's also a very interesting throughline about "what-ifs" and alternate outcomes that make things feel both fated and absolutely accidental. Absolutely worth a read.

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