I thought it was time I explore different authors, and I was drawn to this title. I decided to borrow it when I saw there were a few other well-thumbed titles by Liane Moriarty and that there were three pages of praises from other authors and critics. I was also intrigued by what sorts of secrets a husband would hide (other than extra-marital affairs).
I was not disappointed. In one sentence, the story is about three women whose lives interconnect after one of them unexpectedly discovers her husband’s secret. But it is so much more.
There is a constellation of characters but the central character is Cecilia Fitzpatrick, a decisive, organised and successful businesswoman, devoted wife and mother, who is a pillar of the small community. Her husband is John-Paul. They have three daughters.
Then there is the second story about Tess, her husband Will and her sister Felicity and how Will and Felicity fall in love and Tess walks out with her young son; how Tess also has a secret involving her first love Connor.
This is also tied to the third story about Rachel, whose daughter Janie died a teenager, and how Rachel thought all these years that one person took her life when it was another who confessed, yet he isn’t the cause of her death.
The Fitzpatrick family is the common thread that brings all the characters together. John-Paul’s secret has devastating repercussions on all the characters. One significant link is the Berlin Wall; another is the date 6 April 1984. Then there is the gob-smacking twist towards the end.
There are themes of grief, guilt, unplanned decisions, betrayal, remorse, regret, ethics and morals, as well as a sense of mystery and foreboding. The unthinkable happen but lives continue.
This is one really good read and I can’t wait to read another of her books; except that this time I’m going to look for one in Large Print! I also look forward to the day when the movie based on this book (starring Blake Lively) is screened in cinemas here.