“None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have and maybe should have taken. It’s probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora.”
What would you do if you found a letter from your husband marked ‘To be opened in the event of my death’? Especially if he was still alive? Would you open it? Her decision changes her life forever.
Australian author Moriarty, in her fifth novel (after The Hypnotist’s Love Story), puts three women in an impossible situation and doesn’t cut them any slack. Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O’Leary’s husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they’ve fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St. Angela’s Primary School, where Cecilia is the star mother. Rachel Crowley, the school secretary, believes that Connor, St. Angela’s PE teacher, is the man who, nearly three decades before, got away with murdering her daughter—a daughter for whom she is still grieving.
But, Is he really guilty? What if they lived in mislead all these years? What If your daughter is killed by the most respected and family man in town?
No one knows his secret. But that fact will change when his wife Cecilia finds out the truth. She won’t see him as the same man anymore. She doesn’t believe him. She doesn’t know who he is anymore?
Will this families survive? Will the sin be forgotten? Or another tragedy will happen?
“Falling in love was easy.anyone could fall. It was holding on that was tricky”
Mysterious, smashingly, and painful breakdown of one harmonious family with just one letter. Trust will be lost among them, love will vanish. Are kids, and that previous love enough to keep them together, even if they have a big secret? Scary secret.
Everything will change in ,on first sight small, quiet town when the truth is revealed. Who will expiate because of the sin of one man? Is that karma or just set of circumstances?
“You could try as hard as you could to imagine someone else’s tragedy—drowning in icy waters, living in a city split by a wall—but nothing truly hurts until it happens to you. Most of all, to your child.”