Narrated by Caroline Lee.
WHY I read this: This is an upcoming selection for one of my book club options. I have 4, possibly 5 book clubs to choose from in my new town, although I’m still waiting to find out if there really is one established in my new neighborhood. I’ve only met one of my neighbors and she is new, too. Neither of us have seen a newsletter or received any info about the group other than the invoice for HOA dues. That’s not true – she has been
scolded gently reprimanded for having an ugly trailer sitting in her yard – aghast! Heavens to Betsy – how unsightly!
This book is also a selection coming up in a few months for the club #2 I’ve met. (We had 24 gals participate in a lively discussion of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.) We are to read The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd next which is also the choice for club #1 which meets next week. I just might get away with only reading three books and then hit five different clubs!
What’s is ABOUT: Obviously from the title, a wife discovers a secret her husband would prefer to not have anyone know about. I can’t say I guessed this one (I don’t try to figure things out, really) but I wasn’t surprised either. What I was surprised about and am still rather uncertain about is why we followed three different story lines. At first, this was a jolt; took me out of the story once we met Tess and got away from Cecelia – she’s the one with the perfect husband who just might not be perfect afterall. Who is Tess? Why are we learning about her? How is she important?
Do read the Epilogue. It pulls a LOT back together in a fascinating way.
Without giving too much away and confusing you more, let’s just say that on a grand scheme, this book is about choices and actions that have consequences and the consideration of what those MEAN – how would life be different if we had made different choices? How would our lives be different if those who influenced our lives had made different choices? How does time affect these choices and knowing now what was then? The mind-boggling is endless!
What’s GOOD: Moriarty has a knack for comic observations; those wry bits and pieces that make up a person’s personality. She writes well those every day ‘normal’ people as complex multi-dimensional characters.
What’s NOT so good: I can’t put my finger on what unsettled me with this book. Other than thinking the Tess line didn’t quite work as a third strand or view point in the tangled mess, I just didn’t get blown away. And maybe I expected to and so… you know. Too high of expectations tempers the reaction to the negative?
FINAL thoughts: Whatever, don’t let me talk you out of reading this – I give it 4 slices of pie! Funny yet shocking(?!), a mystery with interesting characters and gives one some interesting things to think about on that choices-and-consequences idea. The narration is well done, too.