BLURP : 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.
0.5 extra for that god damn ending.
Liane Moriarty is the most smoothest writer I have encountered, that’s for sure.
This book has not just three perspectives but sometimes five- six as well. Including a child.
It’s not that each of these characters stood out maybe because it was in the third person format but definitely there were traits which made them individually relatable and distinguishable at the same time.
This book is mainly about this family called the Fitzpatrick and how one day the wife, Cecelia finds a letter addressed to her years before the present day.
The letter is left by her husband which holds a dreadful secret that will change everyone’s lives.
Atleast this is what the BLURP suggests.
Now the real deal.
The secret is pretty obvious and you’ll be able to guess it from a mile’s distance.
What is not obvious, is that how the third women Tessa, in any way, contributing to the story on more than just romantic dimensions?
It’s a serious doubt though!
Once the secret is out, half way into the book, the rest of the book is just trying to not be random and failing super badly.
It reminded me a little of The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. Only because of the three female protagonists that we have and how gullible and futile their decisions are in the end.
But what I loved was how the author still kept you reading and made the book stand out( just a little) by her extremely mundane yet humane issues. The losing of a child, the heartbreak over love, marriages, middle class women and their ways etc.
It was all very relatable, in any context or culture.
It was a good book, I thought it’d be a thriller but it was more of a contemporary mystery sort.
Without being even a pinch of mysterious.
I am still not losing hope and am on the lookout for her other books.
– Painting Stories.