Monday, 22 September 2014

The Husband's Secret

"The Husband's Secret" 
by Liane Moriarty

   This author was recommended to me and I decided to start with this title.
   The premise was interesting.  A wife finds an envelop with a letter to be opened after her husband's death.  But he is alive and away on a business trip.  Tempting!   What to do????     

I raced through the first half of the book to find out what the letter said.  Then I really lost interest.  What was disclosed in the letter could never be resolved in any way and would just lead to misery for the rest of the story for all of the characters.

The ending was sadness added to sadness.  Do we ever really know anyone?  Can we ever atone for the sins of the past?  Can one sadness cancel another sadness?

The novel takes place in Australia and I was hoping for more description of the setting.  But the book was focussed on plot.  Very simple language and characters whose lives are all in turmoil.

Interesting covers!

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