“None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have and maybe should have taken. It’s probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora.”
At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read
My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
This was one of those books that I found I was completely sucked in from the first page, it was interesting, easy to read and while it took a bit to introduce all three characters, I didn’t find myself bored or my attention wavering. In regards to the plot not gonna lie the beginning did start of a bit slow however I found that I did enjoy the pace as I liked getting to know the characters, this might be a bit of a turn of for others though as it kind of drip feeds you the information and once I knew the backgrounds and what not I could guess what ‘secret’ was in the letter. What I couldn’t guess was the reactions and repercussions of those reactions throughout the rest of the book. The ending is not something that I remotely saw coming and it showed the author was willing to not let things go to a happy ending just cos.
As I mentioned above the pace isn’t the fastest so there is quite a bit of character development, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Cecilia at first she was a bit too perfect and above the others, which was shown more clearly through the others reactions to her. I did feel a little bit mean at the satisfaction I got when things started to full apart for her. The other two I felt where stronger characters but they did have their moments where they annoyed me, but hey we’re all flawed I guess. One of the most unique aspects of the book though (and probably the reason I enjoyed it so much) was it’s exploration of the ‘what if’ concept. It’s the only book I have read which has gone into what would of happened it things had just gone another path, how everyone’s lives would be different. More to the point I’m really nosy so having that laid out as opposed to using my imagination was a nice change haha. Overall a great immersive read.
Would I read again: Yes
Would I Recommend: Yes
Would I read another book from this author: Yes