I was lucky enough to attend the launch of this novel and get myself a signed copy. I love owning signed books and adding them to my library. It makes me feel a little bit special......
Two brothers, two wives and two happy families based in Dublin. Could it really be that simple?
Max and Ali run a popular bakery and coffee shop in Dublin City Centre and are finally reaping the rewards for their years of hard work. Two children and a comfortable home, that contains the memories of their life together, completes the picture.
Finn and Jo, together since they met and married in Australia, twenty years previous, also seem to have it all. A wonderful daughter, two successful careers and a house that would not be out of place in the pages of a glossy weekend newspaper supplement.
But, things are not as perfect as they seem. Someone has discovered a secret, and if it comes out, things will never be the same again.......
This is Zoe Miller's sixth novel and she shows no sign of slowing down, thankfully. I connected with the characters quite quickly as their past stories made them come alive. Knowing how the couples met, and eventually ended up where they did, made for more personality in each of them. I found the children very general though and would have liked to know more about Jessica and her life outside the family home.
The book starts with a hit and run, late one night, and the reader is left to guess the connection. A series of nasty pranks, in Max and Ali's bakery, also add to the puzzle. Finn is gradually fading away from him wife and she wants to know why? So many changes,over a short period of time, makes the reader want to turn the page and see what the connections are.
Zoe Miller has a lovely, easy style of writing with some beautiful descriptions of everyday life. What sometimes passes as mundane, can be brought to life by just taking in the details. Swans on a river, stars in the sky and even the touch of a husband's hand as he passes you on the stairs. There is less emphasis on the locations and cars/clothes/bags than her previous novel, and for this I was grateful. The characters are what keep the story moving and finding out the secret that seems inevitable to come out. When it does, it makes the reader think about whether it is better to keep some things to yourself and carry the burden or to lay it all out on the table, resulting in someone else getting hurt? I would imagine there are pros and cons to either scenario and I can't say much more without this turning into a spoiler!
This is a perfect read for the summer. I perhaps would have liked it a little shorter, but that could also be my impatience to know the ending!
I will be having a chat with Zoe Miller, over the next few weeks, and will have a giveaway of The Husband's Confession, so keep an eye out......
The Husband's Secret is published by Hachette Books Ireland and is available in paperback and e-book format.