The Husband’s Secret

The Husband’s SecretThe Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Published by Penguin Books on August 29th 2013
Pages: 406
ISBN: 1405911662
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four-stars

A woman finds a letter which her husband wrote. It is intended to be read after his death. This is what Cecilia finds and she is left to make the decision…should she read the letter. You see, her husband is not dead, he is still alive. What secrets does this letter hold. Why can she only read it after his death? What secrets will it reveal? What to do? What will reading the letter do to her life? To her husbands life? To the lives of others? This begins the story that is not just Cecilia’s story but the story of Tess and Rachael as well.

Tess has learned that her husband and her close friend have fallen in love. Rachel has learned that her son and daughter in law will be moving to New York and taking their child (her grandson) with them.

How are their stories related?

I basically read most of this book in one day. In the beginning, I found it to be a little hard to get into but once I was into it, It really grabbed me. I was most grabbed by the Tess, Felicity, Will story line. I do like how all of the story lines were intertwined and the characters knew or knew of each other. I did love the epilogue

four-stars

Big Little Lies

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Published by Berkley on July 29th 2014
Pages: 460
ISBN: 0399167064
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four-half-stars

What I like about this book is how the stories of the three women/Moms (Jane, Celeste, Madeline) in this book are told. Jane is taken in by Madeline and Celeste at first but an incident may serve to tear them apart.

Jane is a young Mother who gets mistaken for being her son’s nanny and not his Mother. Jane has a secret and has secret fears about her son. She gets a job and is working hard at creating a life for them.

Celeste is a beautiful woman and mother of twins. She and her husband are seen as the couple who have it all. But do they really have it all? What secrets are they hiding?

Madeline is a divorced Mother whose ex-husband and his new wife have moved back to town and their daughter is in the same grade as her daughter with her ex-husband. Messy, very, very messy.

There are HUGE themes in this book: bullying, cheating, rape, domestic abuse, etc. but Moriarty pulls them off with grace and the book still maintains it’s light easy flair. Even with heavy themes this is a very readable book. I devoured it. I really like how Moriarty writes. It is not something that I can put my finger on but her way of storytelling really engages my senses. I can read her words and see the story happening in my mind. I really like her books.

In this book, the women form a friendship but bullying and secrets are exposed. Things come to a head where all secrets are revealed at a party. There are some twists, turns and revelations. This is a great beach read!

four-half-stars

What Alice Forgot

What Alice ForgotWhat Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Published by PanMacmillan Australia on January 1st 1970
Pages: 487
ISBN: 0141043768
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four-stars

I sat and read this book for most of the day. It was a really good page turner. I liked that I could not figure things out..specifically I thought I had the “Gina angle figured out. Based on Nick’s reaction when Alice called him from the hospital, I assumed that Alice was having the affair with Gina. Plus Elizabeth, their Mother and Roger all got quiet when Gina was brought up. I thought I was right about the affair part but I was WRONG. While reading this book, I couldn’t help but think about the book “Before I go to Sleep” Another book with a different type of memory loss. Both good books that had me trying to figure out the plot. very enjoyable book although I think about 25 pages could have been edited out. I did like when she got her memory back, Nick won the bet and said she owed him 20 dollars. I thought it would end slightly differently especially since she realized why she was getting divorced.

four-stars