First review of the year– The Husband’s Secret
For the past two weeks, my group has been reading The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. I have never, ever, done a book review… Not even the ones you do online for the sake of the writers (I know, I’m a hypocrite. I’m fixing that.) Well, this will be my first attempt at a review. Ready? Here goes!
This is a gritty lit, mostly for the female audience. There are three main characters who go by the names of Cecilia, Tess, and Rachel. All three of these women have different problems and their lives intertwine throughout the novel as normal lives would. The only difference? We get to watch and KNOW about the intertwining.
Most books that have multiple characters tend to single out the characters until lives intertwine and such, but this doesn’t. From the very beginning, there is a correlating topic. Three chapters all begin with a phrase heard on TV to identify the time slot. So, all of what is happening in the three chapters are at the same time, more or less. It’s really neat. The book is good mixture between plot and character driven reads. It begins with a letter in which Cecilia takes… FOREVER to open. The first chapter is her comparing the letter to the Berlin Wall. I honestly did not like the first chapter. BECAUSE of the dragged on thought process of whether or not she wanted to open the letter. I would have opened it in the second sentence. (as the character, not the writer).
As the story went on, the characters lived their lives as Tupperware consultants, advertising… people… and secretaries. Normal lives with awful, unanswered, questions tearing at their minds and pressing against their tongues as they conversed with people around them, both at work and school, home and wherever the heck else they went. Tess left home to stay with her mom (brought her son) when discovering her husband’s secret. (Not telling you). Cecilia (when she opened the letter) had the worst of the three when discovering her husband’s secret… The entire story twisted and turned within my mind as new discoveries and things came to be.
I rarely read gritty lit, so that may be why it was so mind boggling, but I loved the story. I loved the characters, but not for who they are. I loved them because they seemed so REAL! Bad decisions were made and it wasn’t an “everyone lived happily ever after” kind of thing. The results were realistic. The questions and answers were true to the story. Everything was very well thought out. The kids, for one, are even something to discuss. Kids don’t comprehend the harder issues within a lifetime or the troubles their parents face. However, they do see and hear things and sometimes won’t hesitate to bring them up. This fact was used amazingly throughout the story. Simple things affected the MC of the chapter, even when said by the child. The bigger issues were hidden from the child’s ears, but they could sense an issue within the heart of their magic minds that don’t process what you say but what you whisper.
Anyway, enough about the kids. They were obviously my favorite writing aspect of it. She had talent with writing the kids as characters. I brain farted just now and don’t know if I intended on writing more about the book, but I guess stopping here won’t hurt. Hopefully my reviews will get better as the year goes on. All in all, this was a good read. If there was something I didn’t like, it was how the first chapter dragged on. I also did not like some of the phrasing used, but that is just a small, insignificant piece. Why? Cause I can’t even remember the phrases and sentences I didn’t like. 🙂
Y’all have a wonderful evening. If you want to read, I do recommend this book. It’s not my normal genre of choosing, so… my rating? 1-5 stars…. Uh….
May God Bless your evening…