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.
I couldn't get enough of this book. Brilliant work, full of mystery and betrayal, I couldn't read fast enough to find out the truth about what happened, and who was behind all the murders. And just as the story finished the climax another one started. Pulling me even more into it. It's a good thing I got the second book already or I would go crazy. The book starts with Jordan, an American diplomat, after ten years she is still grieving for her boyfriend Jared who drowned in the river Cam two weeks before graduation at Cambridge. She swore she would never return to London, she couldn't bare to see the place where she had seen him last. But that all changes when Jordan finds out her friend from College is terminally ill, she decides to go to London to help her friend, while taking a job there. Just as she is ready to start her life in London Chris, a friend from school tells her that Jared didn't drown, he was murdered. She soon discovers that Jared's research of WWII uncovered a secret that some will go to great lengths to cover. She must now find out who killed him and why. The truth has to be revealed, even if it threatens to change her life forever.
The litte girl Sarah Starzynski manages to hide her little brother in a cupboard (their secret hiding place) before the police take her and her parents to the Vélodrome d'Hiver, where they await to be transported to Auschwitz.Fast forward sixty years later Julia Jarmond an American journalist living in France uncovers what has happened to her and her family. This discovery makes her question her relationship with her husband and his family's involvement. She is determined to find out the truth, even if it destroys her family. About half way though the book the story shifts to Sarahs point to view and back to Julia. We are able to connect with the girl on a deeper lever and feel what she felt. Her love for her brother nearly got her killed yet she never gave up.Although the book is written in pretty simple language I still enjoyed it and would recommend it for someone who enjoys an easy read. But it still could have been written a little better. After the big secret is revealed the book looses steam. It feels more like it's about Julia then Sarah, how she struggles with her marriage, family and some moral issues. I would prefer to find out more about Sarah then just the woman who's doing research on her.
Overall this book is pretty good. Makes you think of what people went though during the war and while some people try to face the facts, others seem to think that since they didn't live through it it never happened. There is also a movie made from this book. Check it out
Hoping Netflix has it soon. Looks pretty good compared to the book.