Poor, poor Pandora. Zeus sends her off to Epimetheus, a not especially bright man she’s never even met, along with a mysterious covered jar. Nobody tells Pandora a word about the jar. Nobody tells her not to open the jar. Naturally, she opens the jar.
Falling somewhere between What Alice Forgot and Big Little Lies, the Husband’s Secret was leaps and bounds better than the Hypnotist’s Love Story. The secret is pretty predictable but that’s not why you’re reading, you’re reading to see how Moriarty will weave her story lines together and what consequences she will choose to dole out in the end.
Cecilia finds a letter in the attic written by her husband, John-Paul, with instructions to read it after his death. She is predictably intrigued and confronts John-Paul about its contents; he gets defensive and weird about it which only piques her curiosity more.
Tess is given the news that her cousin and her husband are in love; she immediately boards a plane with her young son to her mother’s in hopes of starting over. She crosses paths with an ex-boyfriend who has a complicated past.
Rachel is coming up on the anniversary of a traumatic event, her grief is exacerbated by the news that her son is moving to New York with her only grandchild.
As in all Moriarty’s novels our narrators lives intertwine and create a rich mystery. While I felt this one’s mystery aspect was more predictable she made up for it in the punishment she doles out in Act Three. It’s hard to say anything else without giving a lot away; but if you loved Big Little Lies then this should be the next one on your list!