The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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When facing Pandora’s box- do you dare to open it? Or is it better to leave Pandora’s box alone?

Secrets. Some are dark. Some are dirty. Some are kept for honorable reasons. Some are kept for dishonorable reasons. Some secrets have the power to hurt for just awhile- almost like a paper cut.ย Others, though, have a domino effect- the secret just keeps on hurting. Secrets can bond people- but mainly, a secret hurts, hurts everyone who is involved.

Cecilia might never would have known her life was going to change had her middle daughter not been obsessed with learning about the Berlin Wall. One day, Cecilia is a happily married woman, successful, with 3 beautiful girls, the next day, she is a woman looking at Pandora’s box (or shall I say envelope?) wondering what to do? Why did her husband write a letter to her to be opened after he dies? What should she do? Open it? Not open it? Confront her husband? Not tell him? When Cecilia chooses- she chooses wrong. Or does she?

Tess gets the shock of her life when her husband tells her he’s in love with her cousin. Tess, knowing from personal experience, that she doesn’t want her child growing up with divorced parents leaves to go live with her mom for a bit. Her mom has broken her ankle- so it gives her an excuse. When Tess leaves, her intention is to let this affair play out- to let her husband have his fun and then come back to her. Tess, though, learns more about herself in this separation than she counted on. Tess’s husband has no way of knowing what he released from Pandora’s box- but something was released. Can Pandora’s box ever be sealed back? Does Tess even want it to be after she begins to see life differently?

Rachel has known joy and she has known profound and unrelenting pain. Pain that began because of what happened to her daughter. Joy that showed back in her because of her grandson. When her son and daughter in law announce they are moving to New York City and taking Rachel’s joy- she is miserable because pain will the be the only thing left in her life. Rachel feels the pain so strongly- she wants to know who is responsible for her pain, wants them to suffer. One day, Rachel gets an answer to her wish. But, not in the form she was hoping for.

Three women. Secrets. Three women, linked by the secrets, although two of the women are much closely linked than the other. A secret, that in the end, they would have been better off not knowing. Secrets show the best and worst side of a person. Show how far a person is willing to go to save themselves, their families, their lives. Some secrets need to be revealed. Some, though, should stay locked forever in the proverbial Pandora’s box.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

The Husband’s Secret at first begin on a disjointed note- a letter and talk of the Berlin Wall. The reader may wonder how the two are related- and then acknowledge the simplistic explanation that is given. However, look closer. Liane Moriarty has a deeper reason- each of her characters lives now have a Berlin Wall in them. Go forward and life may change. Stay where you are- and you could be ok. But life, whichever you choose, will not be the same as it was before the Berlin Wall. The women’s stories overlap each other, twist and turn in ways around the others that is not immediately apparent. As the reader turns the pages faster to find out what the secret is; the women’s stories are providing clues. By the end of the book- the reader will have examined their moral code in a vast new light. Highly discussable for book clubs- as potentially the most popular questions will be: Do you open the letter or not?

*This book was provided to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

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8 thoughts on “The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

  1. Tiffany Drew says:

    I just recently got my hands on this one and I am salivating just thinking about being able to read it. Unfortunately it will have to wait a few months, but I just know that I am going to devour it once I get the chance. I’ve heard only good things!

  2. I really enjoyed this one. Like you said, it started a bit “off” but the story was compelling enough that I wanted to keep reading, and I’m glad I did.

    It really made me think — I love books like that!

    This is a hard book to describe to someone who hasn’t yet read it – you did a masterful job. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Keetha,

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      At first, the disjointed-ness bothered me- I thought “OMG- 400 pages of this!” But, I got into the story and really began liking it!

      Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I have this book, but haven’t read it yet and am not sure if I want to. Maybe I’ll “book club” read it with a few of the other girls who received the book late.

    I do love how you saw more deeply into it, with the idea of the individuals having the Berlin Walls inside of them. That actually makes me more interested in picking this one up.

    • I think that from the surface of this book- it would not be as enjoyable for you as others. But, with you being a smart cookie- and able to dissect a story beyond just the surface appeal- I think you’ll find this book does have a deeper appeal- and could lead to a meaningful discussion!

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