Review by Deb Czajkowski
Decision; decisions. It is estimated that we make as many as 35,000 decisions every day. Granted, most are small decisions, inconsequential in the scheme of things: Grab an energy bar on your way out the door or stop for a latte and muffin? Workout at noon or run in the park after work? Stay up to watch Nashville or DVR it for later in the week?
Some decisions deserve varying degrees of thought, contemplation, even soul-searching: What do I want to be when I grow up (still thinking!)? Which college is best for me? Should I go on for a master’s degree or law degree? Some of these decisions can turn out to be life-changing decisions.
Affecting ourselves in our personal decisions is generally a given, but often our decisions affect others as well─sometimes intentionally, sometimes inadvertently; sometimes positively, sometimes negatively. It’s those negative occurrences that start us playing the What If game; a dangerous and fruitless game to play!
What if I’d grabbed that energy bar; I wouldn’t have hit that car in the Starbucks parking lot. What if I’d opted for the noon workout; I wouldn’t have tripped over that tree branch and sprained my ankle. What if I’d decided to DVR Nashville and just gone to bed; I wouldn’t have overslept and been late to work. It can drive us crazy, this What IF game, if we let it.
Author Liane Moriarty, in her novel the Husband’s Secret, gives us an example of one decision, one action, that caused a ripple effect that encompassed many lives and many years. One might suspect from the book title the Husband’s Secret that John-Paul─the husband with a secret─started the domino effect. Arguably, a case could be made for either Janie or John-Paul. Either way, a decision was made, and the snowball began to roll, driving a whole series of people in its path crazy! The questions are: How many lives were affected by this one decision, this one action; and to what degree were these lives altered?
Moriarty got my attention and piqued my interest right from page one. Then, chapter by chapter, she introduces each main character and disclosed information pertinent to that character’s dilemma. The plots continue to thicken until a conglomerate of single decisions masterfully collide, creating a picture that screams What IF!
That’s life: 35,000 decisions per day. Make one of those decisions to read the Husband’s Secret. Then you decide: Janie or John-Paul? Or someone else?!
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About the Author:
Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, including Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.
The Husband's Secret has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and is set to be translated into over 35 languages. CBS Films has acquired the film rights.
With the launch of her most recent novel, Big Little Lies, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Film and television rights have already been snapped up by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
Writing as L.M.Moriarty, Liane has also written a series of books for children.
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