Pick of the Week: The Husband's Secret

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At the beginning of The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty recalls the Greek myth of poor Pandora, who couldn't resist opening a jar (yes, it was a jar, not a box) and releasing all the evils of the world. The author then brilliantly examines what her characters face when the proverbial jar is opened.

Moriarty's Pandora is Cecelia Fitzpatrick, who can't resist opening a letter she finds hidden in her attic written by her husband, John-Paul. The envelope instructs her to open it upon John-Paul's death.

At first Cecelia resists the temptation, but then succumbs, and must deal with the consequences of her husband's terrible secret. The letter will not only threaten the happiness of her marriage and family, but will also impact two other women, Tess and Rachel.

Filled with suspense, humor and complexity, The Husband's Secret is a real page turner. Highly recommended.

--Reviewed by Jo Hansen, jhansen@cooklib.org


Jo Hansen has been a Readers’ Advisor at Cook Library for several years, after a 20-year career as a newspaper journalist. Libraries rock! She especially enjoys literary and historical fiction as well as mysteries and fantasy. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she enjoys playing with her chocolate Labrador Yogi Bear and watching great movies.