Luckily I only noticed that this novel, The Husband’s Secret, is described as ‘chick lit’ after I’d started reading it because otherwise I may never have picked it up – for some reason the term ‘chick lit’ doesn’t sit well with me.
“My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…
Imagine that 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 as well. 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 businesswoman, 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.” (read more on GoodReads)
Although, after finishing it, I can definitely see why the story is geared towards women I’m not convinced this novel warrants the label ‘chick lit’ which doesn’t quite seem to encapsulate all that goes on in this lovely book or the women in it.
Naturally I was very intrigued as to what was in that letter but long before I got to finding that out I was enjoying being a part of Cecilia, Rachel, and Tess’s lives. The story isn’t only about that letter and the repercussions of its contents, it’s also about three modern women dealing with what I would guess many women all over the world are dealing with in some way. Staying absorbed was due to Moriarty’s wonderful skill with characters.
There was a lot I could relate to which I think probably only a woman would have brought up in a character’s internal dialogue. I thought she wrote those internal dialogues or thoughts in a very honest way without going off on a tangent. They were revealing and often funny. I enjoyed this book and as it was my first foray into Moriarty’s novels I may well pick up another of her books because of it. When I finished, it left me with thoughts about fate and karma and how life is quite interconnected mostly without us even knowing it. It was a light and engaging read.