Book review: The Husband's Secret

BOOK: The Husband's Secret
AUTHOR: Liane Moriarty
PUBLISHER: Pan MacMillan Aust
RRP: $32.99

 

WHAT secret will you take to your death bed?

Would it be something that you would want to absolve yourself of?

Would you confess?

These premises form the basis of Australian author Liane Moriarty's new novel, The Husband's Secret.

The fast-paced, page turner tells the story of suburbanite Cecilia whose world is turned upside down by a letter.

Her life is much like the Tupperware she peddles to her fellow suburban mums: meticulous, highly organised and vacuous.

But when she discovers an envelope stating, "For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick. To be opened only in the event of my death.", everything that is true and real in her life is suddenly dissolved.

The book introduces a flurry of characters in the first few chapters, but cleverly links them in the proceeding pages.

Reading this book was a joy and a number of uniquely Australian themes were presented.

It would resonate with fans of Australian drama shows like Packed to the Rafters or the SBS series, The Slap.

The Husband's Secret is a novel that you will read insatiably yet won't want to finish too quickly.


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