Cecilia Fitzpatrick, devoted mother, successful Tupperware business owner and efficient P&C President, has found a letter from her husband.
For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, to be opened only in the event of my death
But Cecilia's husband isn't dead, he's on a business trip. And when she questions him about it on the phone, Cecilia senses something she hasn't experienced before. John-Paul is lying.
What happens next changes Cecilia's formerly blissful suburban existence forever, and the consequences will be life-changing for the most unexpected people.
Read in a day!
This was such an interesting book, I greedily read through it in a day.
The Husband's Secret centres its focus on 3 seemingly unconnected women and their families, the story weaving threads around characters and drawing them closer, pulling them uncomfortably tight together.
Cecilia Fitzpatrick, a Stepford wife-esque character, finds a letter from her husband while he is away. It says to be opened in the event of his death. Cecilia keeps thinking about opening it. What could his secret possibly be? What could he possibly keep from her and their perfect lives and family? I can see what her dilemma is, that she trusts her husband. I'm not sure I wouldn't have ripped a letter like that open the second I found it, to be honest.
There is also Tess, who's family is being pulled apart against her best wishes. While the dust settles, she and her son spend time with her mother under the guise of helping her while she recovers from a broken ankle, meeting Cecilia and our other main character, Rachel.
Rachel is a delightful older woman. I really enjoyed her as a character, finding her really relate-able. She is still grieving her daughter who was killed in 1984, and trying to remain connected to her grandchild through her still living son.
The chapters are often shorter, moving between each of these women and their lives. The characters seem well thought out, and very real. Even after the "big reveal" of the letter, you still want to know where the story is going, where everything is heading, how is this possibly going to end?
The parallel between Pandora and the box she opened makes perfect sense in this book. The character's curiosity makes you question what you would do in that situation.
The Husband's Secret
If you are looking for a great read I highly recommend this amazing Australian Author. I had to read this book after reading the back cover, I just had to know what the secret was. Let's face it, who doesnt love a good secret? Its not your stereotypical secret and I would have never guessed it. It's a real page turner and will keep you up all night. I enjoyed it a lot and was disappointed that it ended. Reviewed by 01cg.