This book made me want to not get married even more than I already don’t want to! I’ve been a huge fan of Liane Moriarty’s mystery and psychological thrillers for a while now, and this one doesn’t fail to keep me captivated till the very end.
Cecilia Fitzpatrick thinks she knows her husband inside out, so she’s stunned to accidentally discover in the attic a sealed envelope with, “For my wife – to be opened only in the event of my death” written on it. When she unintentionally mentions it to him on the phone, his reaction makes it clear that the last thing he wants is for her to open that envelope – but why?
The story then jumps to another woman, Tess, whose husband has fallen in love with someone else. Astonished and distraught, Tess makes plans to go and stay with her mother in Sydney, taking her young son with her. Segway to a third woman, Rachel, whose much-loved daughter died many years long ago and whose life now centers on her grandson. Soon after, the three women’s lives will cross and the secret that Cecilia’s husband has been guarding for so long will impact on them all.
I think the major idea here is Pandora’s Box. What happens when you open the box and discover what secrets people are hiding? If we knew those secrets, could we still love them? Still live with them? Still be married to them? These questions and the premise of this book made me realize I have serious trust issues with people. But that’s for another time.
Moriarty’s captivating plot and style of writing throughout this book makes me truly enjoy mystery and thriller novels again. While some people would argue they didn’t like this book because of the unlikable characters, pace and even the plot, I’d say it isn’t for everyone. But for those of you avid thriller and suspense novel lovers; who enjoy a gripping and well-written mystery that showcases the painful and even grisly sides of life with a wee bit of satire, you won’t want to pass on this one.