My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died. . .
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.
This novel is one of the most well-crafted books I've read in years. The premise alone is enough to snare your attention as a reader, but the manner in which Moriarty weaves this tale is amazing. The setting is Australia and the story revolves around a group of middle-aged women who are all struggling with different issues depending on where they are in their lives. The themes of family, betrayal, fear and ultimately trust are the spokes of the wheel the characters spin around.
Cecilia is the classic overachiever and other women look to her for inspiration and guidance, but she learns something about her husband that will devastate her. She is thrown into a tailspin and all her organization skills cannot help her in this situation. She still has to be a mom and continue to be the center of their town. If not, then what else does she have? Everything she thought she knew about her husband crumbles in a few short lines of a letter. Tess, who's life has fallen apart as well through the betrayal of her best friend and husband, finds herself in the middle of finding herself again when she returns home to help her mother. Rachel, who's daughter was taken from her much too soon, has never recovered from that loss. Her life has been on hold and she's missed so much as a result that she finds herself looking for anything to hold on to that might bring her closure so many years later.
The lives of these characters are intertwined in the most amazing way. The author cleverly throws several red herrings out there that kept me focused on one idea to the point that I never saw the real clues coming. I stopped half-way through the book and was not going to finish because I thought I knew what was going to happen and that it was going to be predictable. My book club urged me to continue and I am so glad that I did. I was literally stunned by the time I finished the story. Phenomenal writing, characters, story line, and wrap up. This book left me thinking for days after I finished it. It still resonates with me! You won't be sorry if you take the time to read this book- it is worth it.
Author's Page: lianemoriarty.com.au/