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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2013: Liane Moriary is probably doomed to be forever labeled a writer of “chick lit.” But despite its dopey name, her new novel, The Husband’s Secret, is better described as a comedy of manners and one with a serious undertone. As in her previous books, most successfully What Alice Forgot, Moriarty here wittily and observantly chronicles the life of middle aged, middle class Australian women, suburbanites who grapple with prosaic issues like marital fidelity and torturous ones like moral guilt and responsibility. You can’t help but laugh along with the small observations--“And there was poor little Rob, a teenage boy clumsily trying to make everything right, all false smiles and cheery lies. No wonder he became a real estate agent.” But it’s the big ones--Can good people do very, very bad things, and what, exactly, are we responsible for, and for how long?--that will make you think. This is a deceptively rich novel that transcends its era and place at the same time that it celebrates same. --Sara Nelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Australian author Moriarty, in her fifth novel (after The Hypnotist's Love Story), puts three women in an impossible situation and doesn't cut them any slack. Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O'Leary's husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they've fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St. Angela's Primary School, where Cecilia is the star mother. Rachel Crowley, the school secretary, believes that Connor, St. Angela's PE teacher, is the man who, nearly three decades before, got away with murdering her daughter—a daughter for whom she is still grieving. Simultaneously a page-turner and a book one has to put down occasionally to think about and absorb, Moriarty's novel challenges the reader as well as her characters, but in the best possible way. Agent: Faye Bender, Faye Bender Literary Agency. (Aug.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Originally I was going to give this book only three stars because the book was good, I couldn't put it down but I usually don't give a five star rating unless I liked it some much I would gladly read it again or I know of anyone who would like it enough to put it on their "To Read Again" shelf. But I digress.
Originally I was going to give it three stars because though I liked the story, the characters, and could relate to some of the characters feelings on a personal level I felt that it wasn't quite all there. But having more time to reflect on this book and plot I realized this is not a book that is to be devoured in one sitting. This is a book that needs to be nibbled on and chewed slowly. There is a lot more to the story then whats on the page, there is a deeper meaning and lesson that is hidden a little more deeply then on the surface. The author explains some of this deeper meaning and thoughts in her epilogue at the back of the book.
So after thoroughly digesting the story, plot and lesson I happily give this book a HUGE thumbs up and its well deserved 5 stars.
You find yourself stopping to think, "What would I do in a situation like this?" You also, immediately know that she has to do the right thing. As the story develops, you are extremely torn for the wife, and the burden she has to carry and the huge decision she has to make that will impact her entire life and that of her family.