Hot on the heels of reading Hannah Kent’s excellent debut novel, Burial Rites I turned my attention to Liane Moriarty and her popular novel, The Husband’s Secret.
Liane Moriarty is an Australian author who has published a couple of best selling novels. I hadn’t come across her before and wasn’t sure at first whether I would like The Husband’s Secret. Initially, I was irritated by the apparent lack of connection between the characters in the first couple of chapters but, once I got into this novel, there was for the most part enough suspense to keep me turning the pages.
The Husband’s Secret is an easy, entertaining read, albeit a bit ‘chick lit’ compared to my usual reading matter. The plot that hinges on a letter that was never meant to be read and explores the consequences that arise when people choose the wrong life partner or the right partner the wrong time.
The theme rather than the characters is perhaps what makes this novel a popular choice for book clubs. There are lots of reading guides available for The Husband’s Secret making it a title worth considering for book clubs that are not too literary.