This is one of those compilation stories where several women’s lives intersect. There are three main women, two of them who have husbands with secrets. I gave this book 2 stars.
Here’s a breakdown…
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What is this book about?
The book opens with Cecilia finding a letter from her husband, only to be opened upon his death. (she opens it about halfway through the book). There is also the story of Tess, who is constantly with her cousin Felicity, to the point where her husband’s secret is that he is in love with Tess. The third main character is Rachel (her husband is dead and without secrets), but is still processing the grief of her daughters murder. So the big reveal is that Cecilia’s husband John-Paul is the one who killed Rachel’s daughter (technically, because of a insufficient autopsy, they never realized that Rachel’s daughter died from a health complication).
What did I think about this book?
I liked the occasional ‘what-if’ flashes. (If Rachel’s daughter would have lived, she would have fell in love with John Paul, etc.)
For me, these books are character driven. Unfortunately, I didn’t like any of the characters. I can’t stand weak female characters, and this book was full of them. Not one of them were free to be who they wanted to be, but they all just worked within the confines of societies expectations. Cecilia- I hated that she didn’t open that letter immediately. She reminded me of a caricature of a real person- she may have been entertaining as a background character, but I didn’t feel she could carry a story line. Tess was so close to her cousin, I’m not sure she had her own original thoughts. When she found out her husband and cousin were in love, she ran home to her mom, to give them time to get the affair out of their systems. And she got back with him…
(Describing Cecilia)- She was a far better mother when she had an audience.
– It wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t recommend it.