Full disclosure on this book is this: I don't remember much of it. Generally I will do my write-ups on books a week or so after I have finished it, because this gives me time to fully process what I read and put my thoughts together.
Clearly, this span of time was a bit too long for this book, because when I sat down to write my review I remembered liking the book, but I didn't remember much about what happened. I honestly couldn't even remember what the husband's secret was! (Luckily I was able to remember without needing any help from Google.)
Anywho, on to the review! This book was written by Liane Moriarty (she also wrote the book Big Little Lies, which I have seen mentioned in several magazines as being a must-read. I haven't read it yet, but perhaps soon!)
The Husband's Secret is based on the fallout that happens after Cecilia reads a letter written to her by her husband many years earlier. A letter he had written with a "to be opened after I've died" intention. A letter he later wanted to destroy. A letter he lost, that she found. A letter that she read.
Reading this letter has a huge impact on their life, but it is also closely linked to several other characters that we meet throughout the course of the book. There is a grandmother who is grieving the loss of her daughter, and there is a mother who is grieving the loss of her marriage and family life after a betrayal that rocks the solid ground she thought her life was built on.
I enjoyed this book while reading it, and once I remembered what happened I still believe it was a good book. There were some things that seemed a bit too cliche, but overall I enjoyed the writing, the story, the characters and the act of reading the book.
I would give this book a 3/5 stars, simply because it didn't make a very large impact on me. It was a good book, but wouldn't necessarily make it onto my list of books that I feel like I need to shout from the rooftops. Though, if I had done that, perhaps I'd remember it better?