The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

I love Liane Moriarty’s novels – I’ve read Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty and they are the ultimate chick lit- thrillers, if there is such a thing.

The Husband’s Secret is in the same vein. Cecilia’s life is a little too perfect – she has three wonderful, daughters, a loving husband, John-Paul, who earns loads, the big house and every minute of her life is meticulously planned. Something big is going to happen.

Rachel is still realing from the murder of her daughter, Janey, some twenty years ago. She dotes on her grandson Jacob however is left distraught when her son and daughter in law reveal they are taking him to New York. Rachel is convinced Conner Whitby murdered her daughter but there’s not enough evidence to convict him.

Tess runs to her mother’s when she finds out that her husband and cousin have fallen in love. She takes their son and then embarks on an affair with Connor.

* spoiler alert *

When Cecilia is cleaning out the loft she finds a letter addressed to her which states she must only open it after the death of her husband. Intrigued, she eventually decides to open the letter which reveals that in a silly moment of rage John-Paul actually killed Janey. Janey was dating both Connor Whitby and John-Paul and when she broke things off with John-Paul he strangled her.

However the last chapter of the novel reveals that if events and fate had taken a differnt turn some things could have been avoided.

With holiday season nearly upon us, this is the perfect beach read.

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