February 28, 2014

The Husband's Secret

The Husband's Secret  

Liane Moriarty
Publisher:  Putnam's, Penguin Group
source: publisher

What would you do if you run across an envelope that says, "Do not open until the event of my death"?   What if the person who wrote the envelope is still living?  Would you open the envelope, despite the warnings from the story of Pandora's Box?

This is the very beginning of The Husband's Secret.  Cecilia tells her husband that she found the envelope.  He is another continent away.  He asks her not to open it.

Temptation strikes.  She succumbs to it.  Envelope opened.

Fortunately we do not have to read the whole book before we find out what the husband's secret was. The rest of the book then tells how Cecilia, her husband, and other people cope with the event that surround the secret.

The novel is set in Australia, so at times I would do a double-take at reading about Easter during a beautiful autumn day.

Do you ever wonder "what if....?"    The epilogue was the best part of the book -- it brought the book from a regular chick-lit novel up to an "ohhhhhhh my word!"