Monday, September 08, 2014

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

This book is a pleasurable read in the vein of a Maeve Binchy book. It has a number of interrelated characters, an Australian setting and family secrets which all come colliding together at the end.
The main characters, Cecilia, Tess and Rachel don't at first seem to have anything in common, but we realize as the novel progresses that their lives are intertwined due to a terrible secret that one of their husband's has kept for years. Throughout the novel, references are made to the Berlin Wall (initially as an obsession by Cecilia's daughter). This metaphor, one supposes, is to enhance the idea of secrets that are hidden and divide people. My only criticism of  "The Husband's Secret" is that this Berlin Wall device felt a little forced and repetitive.
Usually I tend to dislike books with too many characters. However, I give credit to Liane Moriarty for this ability. Like Maeve Binchy, she's able to juggle several characters throughout the book and still make them relatively believable.  If you're like me and you lean toward UK-influenced books you may have another reason to enjoy this one.

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