The Husband’s Secret


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Books UK


To be opened in the event of my death

With one swift, vicious movement, she sliced the envelope open, and pulled out a handwritten letter.

love you and the girls…
so sorry to leave you with this…
cannot bear

The Husband’s Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love and secrets. When her husband announces he’s in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother’s house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her sixties consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter twenty years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain. Cecilia is the quintessential “I don’t know how she does it” woman. A devoted mother to three daughters, she runs her household like clockwork, is President of the P&C, owns an extremely successful Tupperware business and is happy in her fifteen-year marriage. Until she discovers a letter in their attic labelled: “To my wife Cecilia, to be opened in the event of my death”… Her husband’s secret is a bombshell beyond all imagining with repercussions across the lives of all three women.


I have previously read What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, which I enjoyed, but for me The Husband’s Secret is so much better. It’s quite a light read despite the subject matter, but it’s also a real page turner.

As the title suggests, The Husband’s Secret is about secrets. It’s about how far one will go to protect the people they love. It explores how the secrets we carry can burden us and affect not just our lives but the people around us too. The Husband’s Secret is about three women, Cecilia who is a Tupperware-selling mother of three girls; Tess, a mother of one facing some trouble in her marriage; and Rachel, an older woman who is still mourning the death of her daughter. Rachel’s daughter Janie was murdered and it is still unresolved. Rachel has an idea about who committed the murder and wants justice. These ladies’ lives become intertwined in a number of ways which start to unfold throughout the story.

Sometimes when there are several storylines going on in a book, I can get a bit confused if it’s not written well. I’m glad to say that this wasn’t the case with The Husband’s Secret. I didn’t necessarily like all of the characters (which I don’t think is a bad thing) but I was intrigued by their tales. I desperately wanted to know what was going to happen to each character.

I don’t want to give too much away, so all I’ll say is I found The Husband’s Secret to be utterly gripping and so easy to read. I stayed up late to finish it! I loved the ending.. the epilogue was just perfect.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
The Beautiful and The Cursed- Page Morgan

4 thoughts on “The Husband’s Secret

  1. I feel awful for not remembering Daniel. I really need to re-read those books carefully XD Harry Potter and The Hunger Games both have some great secondary characters! And yea Kenji! Great picks this week.

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