“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.” – Liane Moriarty, The Husband’s Secret
Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. I’ve noticed the title every time I’ve searched for new reading material in the past couple of years. Why did it take me this long to read it, then? Because the synopsis provided always felt frustratingly vague. It took my friend Katie handing me the book for me to start it.
And now I know why it has a vague back cover.
You may remember that Moriarty also authored Big Little Lies, which I reviewed on the blog over the summer. After I typed the word “vague” twice above, I clicked on my review of BLL. What did I end it with? “This review may sound vague…”
Moriarty has again mastered the art of keeping the reader completely interested while also keeping them completely clueless. She wrote both novels in the same style, switching characters with each chapter. In the beginning, the characters don’t seem to overlap, but you soon realize how deeply their stories truly intersect.
This novel takes no time to “get into.” You’ll be hooked right off the bat, as Moriarty reveals right away that the main husband is hiding something big. Well, duh.
Sorry for another vague review, but you’ll just have to trust me – and the New York Times – and give it a read.