A few years ago I read a book called Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and I enjoyed it immensely. It had an element to it that was almost soapy (as in soap opera) but it went deeper into the lives of the three main characters. Because it’s coming to HBO (Sunday evenings starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley, plus many others), I decided to see what else Moriarty had written and bring one along with me to Jamaica and The Husband’s Secret seemed like the right one.
The Husband’s Secret is told from the perspective of three women, Cecilia, Tess and Rachel, who each have their own story but are also connected in more ways than they realize. Their obvious connection is the school that Tess’ son and Cecilia’s daughters attend; it’s also where Rachel works. But as the story continues along, I started to see their connections in ways the characters were slowly discovering.
Cecilia discovers a letter that her husband has filed away for her to read if ever he died. It falls out a file and she asked her husband about it. He somewhat blows it off and asks her not to open it. It beckons to her and of course her curiosity gets the better of her. The secret is not one that I guessed it would be and it sets the characters on the path they take for the rest of the book. Cecilia grapples what to do with the information while Tess and Rachel take different paths that will ultimately collide with the one Cecilia is on.
Certainly a dramatic story with the secret at the center, a confession of sorts that sends Tess back to her mom, a woman consumed by grief, a sexy affair and so much more. These elements along with strong female characters that are each tackling something that they never expected to face made it a great read for sitting by the pool. And a very good lesson too – karma can be a bitch.