I read this for a book club and it is a great choice for a book club because of the “what would you do?” discussion that comes out of it. Cecilia happens to find a sealed letter from her husband addressed to herself, to be opened after his death. She asks him what is in it and he says nothing much, but she reads it anyway.
This book is set in a small town where everyone knows everyone else and their history. There was a tragedy some years ago in the town, and all the characters are still affected by it twenty-something years later. This book is 390 pages long and I did speed-read through some of it. Some of the subplots were not that interesting to me, but the secret itself is a shocker. To find out that your significant other had been hiding anything from you for the duration of your marriage would be pretty awful, but Cecilia’s husband really has been hiding something huge.
This was an easy and quick read, but that does not mean that it was not thought-provoking. I liked the characters a lot. I particularly liked Cecilia – the outgoing, perfect social butterfly with hidden depths, and Rachel, who had lived through a tragedy that no mother ever should ever have to.
This book has the best epilogue ever. It highlights that every seemingly small decision we make can send our lives spiralling off in a completely different direction, and out lives may be so much better than they could have been, or not, but we will never know.