I mentioned how much I was loving Robert Galbraith’s mystery novels in my August favorites, but it took me all of September (and most of October) to get through The Silkworm. That’s not to say that this book isn’t engaging: in fact, it’s a page-turner. […]
Robert Galbraith’s debut novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, is among my favorite books of 2016. The Cuckoo’s Calling is a detective novel; it isn’t a thriller, so it doesn’t rely on scare tactics to advance the plot. Galbraith builds suspense instead of fear, creating compelling characters […]
After pouring over Big Little Lies, I knew I had to pick up another book by Liane Moriarty. Of course, I was a little concerned that The Husband’s Secret wouldn’t live up to Big Little Lies, because I loved it so much. Now that I’ve read two of Liane Moriarty’s books, I am prepared to read them all. Liane Moriarty’s books are all page-turners, but they are unique from other thrillers because they don’t just rely on a crime-and-punishment plot. Her characters are all average people, who have been caught up in a series of thrilling events. Moriarty doesn’t just focus on the mystery of her stories, but also on the psychology of her characters.
The Husband’s Secret focuses primarily Cecelia Fitzpatrick, whose life is turned upside-down when she finds a letter from her husband that is meant to be opened after his death – only her husband is still alive. Cecelia’s husband is determined to prevent his wife from opening the letter, which only piques Cecelia’s curiosity more. Meanwhile, a woman named Tess just discovered that her husband has been having an affair. She decides to move back in with her mother and enroll her son at Saint Angela’s, the same school that Cecelia’s children attend. Upon Tess’s return to Sydney, she meets Connor Whitby, a past flame who is also a primary suspect in the unsolved murder of a girl named Janie. Janie’s distraught mother, Rachel, is still looking for the perpetrator, and she is determined to have Connor convicted.
Sound intriguing? You bet. Moriarty’s great talent is her ability to create mystery, suspense, and psychological drama without trying to scare the reader with serial killers or supernatural events. She is easily one of my favorite new authors, and I love that the books are set in Australia. This A+ read is sure to please, and I look forward to reading more of Moriarty’s novels.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is a fantastic read, a page turner to the fullest extent. It takes place in Australia, a fun location for any land bound Americans like me. It follows the drama of elementary school life, the cliques and feuds formed […]