From the author of the critically acclaimed What Alice Forgot comes a breakout new novel about the secrets husbands and wives keep from each other.
My Darling Cecilia
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died . . .
Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret – something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick achieved it all – she’s an incredibly successful business woman, a pillar of her small community and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia – or each other – but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s devastating secret.
I have to admit, this book started off a bit slow. I often got confused as to which characters I was reading about, but they quickly began to differentiate themselves as their ‘lives’ moved on.
Cecilia was a little irritating in her prefect and organised guise at life, but once things began to unravel for her, she became far more interesting to read. I am the complete antithesis of the domestic goddess that Cecilia strives to be.
Rachel is a broken woman. Understandable considering she’s never discovered the truth about her teenage daughter’s murder 28 years before. Couple this with her beloved grandson is moving across the world with his parents.
Tess was the character I could relate to most of all. Successful at work, but didn’t feel as if she should be worthy of that success. Then, her marriage is destroyed. She does what comes naturally to her, she runs to her mum.
Each of these women has issues,not all caused by their husbands,but mostly. Once it gets going, the story is a tangled weave of inter-crossing lives and histories. It was a little confusing now and then, but all in all, I was able to keep track.
The book is very well written, even if the pace of the story is irregular, falling to a little bland in places. Having said that, I will look for more by this author, in fact I have another on order.