The Husband's Secret...

"Cecilia Fitzpatrick, devoted mother, successful Tupperware business owner and efficient P&C President, has found a letter from her husband. "For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, To Be Opened only in the event of my death." But Cecilia's husband isn't dead, he's on a business trip. And when she questions him about it on the phone, Cecilia senses something she hasn't experienced before. John-Paul is lying."

The first few chapters were wonderful. It had my attention, the pages were turning faster and faster, and it felt like I was setting off in to the waters, expecting to find myself swimming in a deep, mysterious ocean. 

But instead of getting deeper and deeper, it got shallower and shallower, and to my disappointment I found myself in an ankle high paddling pool. The kind where you never really know how clean the water is.

Believe it or not, Cecilia's husband really does have a secret, which comes to pass about half way through the book. But after that it was a painful, though not overly boring, frustrating, build-a-bridge-and-get-over-it journey. Each of the characters had their crisis, but it was discontenting that they kept wallowing in their individual problems; even at the end things weren't fully resolved between husband and wife. Cecilia is frustrated with her husband, but doesn't forgive him, and regards him with icy reserve. I like happy endings, and I also like happy people, it makes me sad when someone becomes bitter and doesn't forgive. There is enough bitterness in real life, I don't need a book to show me more.  

Whoever Mrs. Moriarty was targeting when she wrote this book, it certainly wasn't me. It was written in third person, which gave the advantage of being able to hear each person's individual thoughts, and it had a wonderful flow to it. I never once found myself re-reading a paragraph. But sometimes clever articulation and choiceness of words can't cover a lack of meaning (getting deep, I know).

It would make me sad if someone only ever read these types of books, they're just fluff, and fluff isn't healthy all the time. C.S. Lewis was wise when he said "It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between." 

You might love Liane's style - it just wasn't for me. My $25.95 is probably better spent on something else (like 4 frozen pizzas and a milkshake - putting things in perspective here).

Madison xx

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