Friday, 31 January 2014

Bon's Book Club - January "The Husbands Secret"

I followed all of Bon's reads last year and enjoyed quite a few of them, but I never really participated on my blog as such. So today I'm going to give my first review and get properly involved. I'm really excited about this book as I had read it before Bon announced it as January's book and re-reading it over the last couple of days has been a joy..... so on with my review.

The Husbands Secret - Liane Mortiary

The Husband's Secret is a novel of multiple stories and lives that all entwine in one way or another. This also made for it to be a little confusing especially at the beginning as its  hard to understand why certain things are happening and there are a lot of secondary characters introduced - but stick with it! The author helps you figure it all out through her writing.

This novel really got moving for me about chapter three and four and once that had happened I found I finished it quite quickly. I liked the flawed but interesting characters and the way the story takes twist and turns and then folds back into itself.

Despite the complexities,  it was still a relatively easy read to finish in a short time, a great holiday read methinks! As the tale grows, it becomes more and more interesting  leaving you keen to know what happens in the end. You know sometimes when you get to the end and you can be really disappointed? I was a bit disappointed, i felt the ending didn't do it justice and there were elements like the car accident that I just kind of felt were unnecessary.

Overall, I quite enjoyed it and in a "chick lit" capacity it's a book that I would certainly recommend to others. Once you get in to it, it's relatively easy to get into it and for that reason. I would recommend it as a above average holiday read. Overall I give it a 7/10


(Spoilers in answers. Or at least hints of spoilers.)

+ The book is told from the viewpoint of three women. Which women did you like the most and why? Whom did you dislike the most and why?
Well I am completely different to Bon in this instance! Tess was my favourite and I see a bit of me in her; hopelessly flawed. I get the whole staying and fighting for your marriage but if your husband had said he was in love with your best friend I kind of think that's beyond repair. And yes she may have had a child that could possibly be her flings but hey that's the price of betrayal both hers and her husbands. life is messy. It was quite easy to dislike the other two to be honest, one was the "queen bee" the other a sour old lady but you learn to like them in the end. Kind of. Rachel "The sour old lady" was just a nightmare. Completely agree with Bon here, I just wanted to shake her and say"focus on your son who is alive and loves you!" and at the end I just wanted to punch her in the face for being such an idiot, confession or no confession. Now Celia "the queen bee" I liked the way her life slowly unravelled and her reaction to everything that happened. But I don't know I just couldn't warm to her enough, I couldn't really warm to any of the characters that much although I did want to know what happened to them if that makes sense!

+ What would you have done if you had found out the secret that Celia did? Did you agree with the way she handled it? What is the "right" thing to do in a situation like that?
Gosh, what is the right thing to do in a situation like this? I think that Celia's reaction was very true to her character and it felt like she reacted how she should have. Me?! I would have packed his stuff and kicked him straight to the curve but I'm a girl with no husband and no children and so i can make half hearted comments like that. I love my man a lot and through most things I would be by his side, his biggest fan. But some things are unforgivable.

+ What was the point of the side story with Tess? Do you excuse the way she acted during that week because of the uncertainty in her marriage?
Marriage is sacred, its also a complicated hot mess a lot of the time and everyone is human and everyone makes mistakes. The thing is even though she did something wrong I understood why it happened and how her actions were an accumulation of both her past and the way she had been treated recently by the people she loved the most. I loved Tess, that's all. I think her story was to juxtaposition that of Celia's marriage which seemed so "perfect". Her life was a mess but it was more honest than Celia's mess. Apart from the really dishonest bit at the end when she fails to tell her husband about her fling and subsequent child. But as I said before that's a repercussion of BOTH of their actions and her husband was a bit of a spineless douche!

+ Do you believe the bike accident was adequate "penance" for what John Paul had done?
No because it was not his daughters fault and why should she carry the burden of his penance for rest of her life. I didn't like this twist in the book. It got to me somewhat and it was just a bit annoying if I'm honest.

+ Did you like the resolution of the book? Did you feel there was enough closure?
I did not like the ending, it did not work for me. It just made me think that it was a bit of a cop out and everyones lives could have been so much better! Saying that  It gave me enough closure to finish the book and think "hmmmm what shall I read next" so whilst I liked it, it didn't linger like my favourite books do.
Have you read the book, how did you like it? I'm looking forward to linking up with Bon and seeing whether my opinion is the same or differs to others! Can't wait until next month!


  1. I completely agree with you about Tess. I liked her and I wouldn't have stayed either. My only issue was that she settled in the end and I wish she hadn't.

    I like your viewpoint on the ending, I never thought of it that way. I personally loved it but you are absolutely right, I didn't stop and reflect on anything because it was all already spelled out for me.

  2. Hi Rachael

    I hope you are well and having a good week, despite the weather.

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  3. I keep picking up this book, wondering if I should read it. Then I put it down because I've been afraid it might be along the same lines as The Pilot's Wife, which I hated. I probably should give it a try.

    1. Give it a try - Like I say it's a pretty easy read but not one of my favourites!