Thursday, 26 December 2013

Fab Fiction Thursday #8: The Husband's Secret



Books that leave your thoughts in a whirlpool; your head reeling from beautifully written sentences and your whole body in a vertiginous state are the best kind of books. Those books that leave you thinking about the plot; the characters and possible endings, or purely the sheer brilliance of it all are undoubtedly the best kind of books.

These kind of books are often or not the result of a brilliant plot. A plot that throughout, leaves you wanting to turn the page; full to the brim with an abundance of unexpected twists and turns that take your breath away. I for one, know that this is one of those books. One of those books that has a little of everything; yet nonetheless manages to portray important messages in a compelling manner.

I think the title, albeit a little 'cringey', suggests the mysterious, page-turning qualities of this book. The novel is based around a letter. Or to be more precise, a secret hidden within a 28 year old letter. A letter that confesses to a mistake, which, if revealed could lead to the hearts of many, and the ultimately the lives of many, being destroyed through pure hatred, guilt, love and betrayal. It's a hefty mix of all of those serious topics yet with a day-to-day spin on things. 

This letter is discovered in an old envelope in the attic by mother of three and wife of John Paul, Cecelia. Written by her husband on the front, it says: "For my Wife, Cecelia Fitzpatrick. To be opened only in the event of my death" Compelling stuff, huh? 

But unknown to Cecelia, the letter contains John-Paul's deepest, darkest secret—a secret that has the potential to destroy not just their own family life, but the lives of others as well. The story not only follows Cecelias own anguish and grasping of life, but also the lives of two other women; Rachel and Tess. All three women barely know each other—but unknwoing they all experience the earth-shattering repercussions of the secret.

The suspense of the plot is evident from the first page. Liane Moriarty uses language structure in her favour; from gripping short sentences filled with anecdotes; to long, contextual sentences that explore inner feelings - Moriarty certainly uses the power of language to her advantage.

Truth be told; at points I felt that the story lacked an interlinking plot; but Moriarty soon got back on track and you felt that the novel was going somewhere. Despite these initial, somewhat negative views, it is at the end of the novel every little detail is brought together which is what makes this novel so particularly stunning.

The lives of all three women, although linked peripherally at first, are gradually affected and shaped by the secret written inside of the 28 year old letter. Yet what makes this novel so spectacular is the wonderfully crafted characters on Moriarty's part. The exceptional quality of writing leaves the reader put into each and every characters shoes, and at more than one point wondering; 'What would I do?'. The realistic and undoubtedly believable way in which the characters are portrayed, explores everyday occurrences and day to day life within a darker, and more serious plot. I think that this is what makes the book so compelling; the novel includes certain aspects of our own lives but set in a dark, serious yet nonetheless intriguing time. 

As it is with most books, the ending was by far my favourite part. The epilogue linked together every thought and feeling experienced throughout the novel, whilst faultlessly questioning the ambiguity of life, and the endless 'what if's' life has to offer. Life is full of choices, choices that are our own, but that shape the lives of everybody. 


This book was brilliant; it kept me up reading into the early hours of the morning (Mum, Dad, if you read this please don't be mad) as it was quite literally, 'unputadownable'. Overall, a highly addictive, yet thought provoking, emotional and undoubtedly compelling novel that focuses on the lives of many, all interwoven in a complex but believable plot.

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9 comments :

  1. Wow! Yet another book to add to my reading list! A lovely post Lauryn :)xxx

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    1. I think I'm going to make you bankrupt with these book reviews! haha, I'm glad you enjoyed yet another 'Fab Fiction Thursday' post! Lots of love, Lauryn xxx

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  2. Just your description makes me want to read it! I will definitely be buying this book. Great post :)

    xx Ali
    http://thecutelittlebeautyblog.wordpress.com/

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    1. I made sure not to reveal the secret as it adds to the suspense! Thank you for the comment, please let me know if you read it!:-) lauryn xxx

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  3. I've been wanting a new book to read! Thanks for this!x

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    1. Well then this is the book to read! I hope you like it and agree with my review, lauryn xxx

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  4. I want to know the secret!!!! You do this every time hahaha I think my solution is to just start reading these books! Hope you had a fab Christmas xxx


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    1. I think that is the only solution! Well, you could google a plot spoiler....but what's the fun in that eh?;) hehe, I had a lovely Christmas, I hope you had an amazing one! Lots of love, Lauryn xx

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  5. I've been looking for a new book that I won't want to put down, thanks for sharing
    Imma have a look at it :) xx

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