The Husband's Secret
by Liane Moriarty
Liane Moriarty is quickly rising to the top of my pool of favorite authors. The Husband's Secret is the third of her novels I've read and it looks like I have three more to go before I run out. I hope she can write faster than I can read.
The Husband's Secret follows the lives of three women at different places in their lives. Cecilia is the busy mom who is involved in everything and does everything seemingly perfectly. Little does she know that her husband has a secret, until one day she stumbles upon an envelope addressed to her from her husband. The instructions on the envelope indicated it should only be opened upon his death.
Rachel is a secretary at the small Catholic school Cecilia's children attend. She is a widow who's daughter was murdered years earlier. When she's not working or caring for her grandson she is grieving for her daughter and searching for the proof she needs to have the 'boy' who murdered her put away.
Tess has just arrived in Sydney with her young son to stay with her mother. Her husband and cousin/best friend have just announced to her that they have fallen in love. She needs time to digest this news and decide what she must do. Unexpectedly meeting up with an old boyfriend seems to make the adjustment easier.
The husband's secret is not revealed until far into the book. It's a secret that could be devastating to their lives, and indeed creates a disastrous situation. I don't know what surprised me more; the secret or the results of the secret coming to light.
I easily give this story five of five shots.