The Husband’s Secret


The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.

What would you do if you stumbled across an envelope containing a letter from your partner stating that it was to be opened only in the event of their death? Your partner is healthy and alive. Would you be able to respect their wish or would curiosity get the better of you?

The first page of this novel retells the Greek Myth about Pandora and the Box (or jar). Pandora is given a jar, but is not told that she shouldn’t open it. Curiosity eventually gets the better of her. Pandora opens the jar and it releases illness, hardships, evil etc. Only hope remains in the jar. This gives the reader a hint about what is to unfold.

The Husband’s Secret is a story that revolves around the lives of Celia, Tess and Rachel. Celia is a successful mother and business woman whose life seems to be orderly and perfect in every way ……… until Celia finds a letter addressed “For my wife, Celia Fitzpatrick…To be opened only in the event of my death”. Celia initially resists the temptation to open it, however, like Pandora,  she eventually succumbs and opens it. Celia’s world is rocked when she discovers that her husband has been keeping a very dark secret. Tess is also a mother and business woman. Tess’s world is shattered when she finds out that her husband and her childhood best friend / business partner are having an affair. Rachel has never gotten over her teenage daughter’s murder and is sure that she knows the murderer is. Rachel wants to see the murderer brought to justice. Celia, Tess and Rachel barely know each other, however, they are about to feel the impact of Celia’s husband’s secret.

I enjoyed reading The Husband’s Secret and found it very thought provoking with a few “OMG what would I do?” moments. To me, it was about repercussions of actions, guilt, ethics and the devastating impact of secrets that come to light.