The Husband’s Secret

You’ve been happily married for years. You have three beautiful children, and your husband is an excellent father. Then one day you find a letter marked To be opened only in the event of my death. Your husband is still very much alive, and away on business. When you call him and tell him about the letter, his reaction is very strange. He flies home three days early to surprise you. Lying in bed, he casually brings up the letter’s existence, and you tell him you put it back where you found it, in the attic. You didn’t, though. 

Do you open the letter? Of course you do. 

Cecilia does too. And her world promptly falls apart. Her husband is no longer the man she thought he was, and she has no idea what to do with this knowledge. Then one of her own daughters’ lives is endangered, and she must make a spur-of-the-moment decision to change life forever, or leave it and see what happens. 

I always judge suspense novels by how quickly I guess the twist. I did guess it, in this one, but actually it took a surprisingly long time. It’s a well-written book, and one that builds tension throughout. Everyone’s lives are intertwined in such complex ways that you come to realise the impact each character’s actions have on all the others, which isn’t something many authors manage to get across. 

It’s a quick, unchallenging read, so even if you’re not normally a fan of suburban suspense novels it’s worth giving it a go. 

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