Published: July 30, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
You might enjoy this book if you like: Anything else by Liane Moriarty, stories about marriages, stories about secrets
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
There is an art that very few authors have mastered, and that is the hook. With this book, Liane Moriarty shows us all how it is done. A wife finds a letter from her husband that she is meant to read upon his death...and he's not dead yet. How can you not want to read this?
But the thing with the hook is not actually what this book is about. There is an air of mystery about it in regards to what is in the letter, but Moriarty reveals it fairly early on (and I, and am sure most readers, had already figured it out by then). However, it really doesn't matter. By that point, the reader is already sucked into the story.
And the story isn't about the letter. Cecilia, Rachel, and Tess find themselves in very different circumstances but, at the core, it is about questioning everything you believe to be true. Each woman has her own carpet pulled out from under her, and each woman has to learn how to put their lives back together.
The real strength of the novel is the character development. All the characters, not just the 3 main women, are well-rounded and naturally flawed. I can honestly say that there was something in each character that I loved and something that I hated. Well, except for Felicity. I pretty much just hated her (which I think might have been Moriarty's intent).
My only complaint about this book is that there is an epilogue, a sort of "what if" section, where Moriarty drops a number of details about the characters. There is one detail in particular that I felt undermined part of the book and, while I liked the epilogue generally, I wish she hadn't "gone there" with that one little bit.
This is the 4th book by Liane Moriarty that I've read so far and, of those books, it is my favorite. It kept me engaged from beginning to end and one that I would highly recommend to anyone.
I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.