Thursday, 9 April 2015

Love and Lies: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

"Falling in love was easy. Anyone could fall. It was holding on that was tricky."

Cecilia Fitzpatrick's husband has a shocking secret. A secret he has been holding in for twenty years. When Cecilia discovers a letter, a confession, from her husband containing his secret it will threaten to unravel her life, her husband and people in their community. The book focuses on three women and the ways in which they are connected to the husband's secret.

This is the second book from Liane Moriarty I have enjoyed reading and once again she has an easy and light way of writing that draws the reader in. One thing I've quite enjoyed about this book is the characters she creates. Moriarty takes enjoyment from writing about the domestic lives of her characters, which may sound boring but these mini-dramas and observations she peppers through her book really help cement the characters as realistic people.

The only distraction from the book I found was that the husband's secret is actually pretty heavy and shocking which didn't seem to mesh well with the overall tone of the book. His horrible confession jars with the Moriarty's light easy-breezy writing. While his wife is shocked and trying to come to terms with where their families life is now heading, the tone of her writing pulled away from creating any real gravity to the situation.

Overall I would still recommend this book as I enjoyed reading it and actually found it quite funny in parts. I guess I just didn't feel like it was a book to really get lost into which is disappointing.

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