THE HUSBAND’S SECRET

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Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret – something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all – she’s an incredibly successful business woman, a pillar of her small community and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia – or each other – but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret. [Taken from lianemoriarty.com.au]

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  • Book: The Husband’s Secret
  • Author: Liane Moriarty
  • Date: 2013
  • Genre: Novel
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Pages: 406
  • Price: £7.99
  • Three Words: Suspenseful, Honest, Insightful

REVIEW

Plot: Fresh, compelling and easy to follow. Tells the story of women who had no idea that their lives were connected and how the one of their husband’s secret set all things in motion. Loved the ending, thought it perfectly fitted the nature of the novel and its themes – the question of whether all is in the hands of fate, destined to happen or just a random line of events. 

Characters: Plenty of different characters that show how wrongly sometimes we perceive other peoples actions and how connected our lives can be without us realising it. Loved the fact that the main women had such distinctive natures, opposite characters, it maid the novel very engaging. 

Writing Style: The writing was lovely and nothing wrong has caught my attention but at the same time I can’t say it was something new or unexpected. Smooth, flowing, connecting ideas clearly and letting the reader follow the story.

Final Thoughts: This is the kind of perfect book that I enjoy reading. It has everything I look for in a novel – well thought out narrative, intriguing characters, deep complex themes and a suspense that keeps leaving you wanting more. I kept reading this book every free second I had just to know how all this is going to turn out. Would confidently recommend it to novel lovers.

RATING 1 TO 5

  • Plot – 5
  • Characters – 5
  • Writing Style – 4,5
  • In All – 4,8

All the information is based according to the specific edition that you see in the photograph.

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

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Jack St. Bride was once a beloved teacher and soccer coach at a girls’ prep school – until a student’s crush sparked a powder keg of accusation and robbed him of his career and reputation. Now, after a devastatingly public ordeal that left him with an eight-month jail sentence and no job, Jack resolves to pick up the pieces of his life. He takes a job washing dishes at Addie Peabody’s diner and slowly starts to form a relationship with her in the quiet New England village of Salem Falls. But just when Jack thinks he has outrun his past, a quartet of teenage girls with a secret turn his world upside down once again, triggering a modern-day witch hunt in a town haunted by its own history… [as written in jodipicoult.com]

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  • Book: Salem Falls
  • Author: Jodi Picoult
  • Date: 2001 in US, 2005 in UK
  • Genre: Novel, Crime Fiction
  • Publisher: Hodder
  • Pages: 472
  • Price: £6.99
  • Film Adaptation: Salem Falls 2011, Lifetime
  • Three Words: Intriguing, Eye-opening, Mysterious

REVIEW

Plot: Believable, heartening, and mysterious at the same time. You couldn’t have known how the story will play out and the author kept you guessing till the very end.

Characters: The main characters Jack. St. Bride, Addie Peabody and Gillian were nicely developed. You could sympathise with the challenges they had to overcome and feel angry or happy for the decisions they were taking. There were also plenty of side characters who contributed to the main story and fit perfectly into the imagine of the small village – Salem Falls.

Writing Style: Choosing to tell the story not chronologically was really the main device the author used to make the reader question the reliability of the characters. It was done very effectively and gave suspense to the upcoming events in the narrative.

Final Thoughts: It is not a life altering book yet it makes for a great read. It’s a smooth novel shining the light on the cracks in the justice system and the issue of rape from many perspectives. For some it might be a hard read or a heavy topic, for others, me included, will enjoy the unknown and the thrill of finding out how all this works out for Jack. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy crime novels that are light on the heavy stuff and shows off perfectly the range of human emotions and the power that spoken word can have in a small society.

RATING 1 TO 5

  • Plot – 5
  • Characters – 4
  • Writing Style – 4
  • In All – 4,3 

To see my guidelines for the rating go to REVIEW GUIDELINES


All the information is based according to the specific edition that you see in the photograph.