Publisher: Putnam/ Amy Einhorn
Source: Personal Copy
In The Husband’s Secret three women: Cecelia, Rachel and Tess are at a crossroads in their life. Cecelia finds a letter that her husband has addressed to her in the event that he passes away before her. The letter doesn’t really bother her until she mentions it to her husband and he becomes very defensive that she should not read it. His actions immediately change and Cecelia is wondering what could he possibly have wrote that would make him act this way. Rachel is living with the fact that her teenage daughter was murdered many years ago, and her murdered was never found. Her son is now a father himself, and he announces that his family is moving far away. Rachel is disappointed that she’ll have no one around. Tess has to come to terms with her husband ‘falling in love’ with her best friend and cousin. She packs up and goes to her mother’s while she tries to sort out what happened in her marriage. How did she get blindsided with this?
The Husband’s Secret was a great read. I loved the three story line, I cared about each woman. Normally when I read stories with multiple story line, I tend to enjoy one more than the others but this wasn't the case. I thoroughly enjoyed each one. Cecelia has the perfect home, and family but everything comes tumbling down when her husband reveals his secret. Her burden is deep, and she doesn't know how to react or move on. The secret was nothing that I expected, and it made the book that much more fascinating. Rachel’s is dealing with the anniversary of her daughter’s death and new suspicions about who could have killed her daughter. Tess meets Rachel and Cecelia when she enrolls her son in a new school, and begins to learn more about who they are. Tess struggles with her son asking about his father, and deciding what is the best for him.
I thought The Husband’s Wife started a little slow, but once the secret was revealed, I was glued to the pages. I couldn't wait to see if it would be revealed to everyone or how Moriarty would plot the story. Each characters can my sympathized with, and readers will really want to see them overcome their obstacles. I did have an issue with the epilogue- it left me disappointed but as I thought about it more, it was believable, just not what I hoped.
If you’re looking for a great read, I would recommend this one. Despite my issues with the slow beginning and the disappointing ending, I thought it was well written and captivating. I can understand why this book has received raved reviews. This was my first novel by Moriarty and I will definitely add her others to my wish list.