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Book Club Meet #1 – The Husband’s Secret

Welcome to Dreams and Caffeine’s very first book club meeting.  The first book selected to read was The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.

Below is the list of discussion points to get the conversation started.  Feel free to pose additional questions for discussion and to respond to others’ comments, or to just talk about any part of the book that you’d like.  Everyone will respond in the comments section below the post.  Please remember to be polite and keep it clean.  Originally I planned on announcing the next book at the end of the book club meeting, but have decided to announce it tomorrow (Thursday) in a separate post.  I hope everyone joins in on the discussion!  As a reminder, subscribe to my blog to receive future updates about the books we’ll be reading.

Now on to the questions…

  1. When Cecilia finds the letter from her husband she is tormented by the ethics of opening it. Do you agree with her ultimate decision?  What would you have done?
  1. Given all of the secrets the characters withhold from each other, are secrets ever justified in marriage?
  1. The Berlin Wall is referred to throughout the novel as Ester works on her school project. And in fact, we learn that Cecilia met John-Paul on the day the Wall finally came down.  What does the Wall signify in the book?
  1. Grief is a major theme throughout the book. How has grief affected Rachel?  Rob?  Tess?  John-Paul?   In what ways have their lives been irrevocably altered as a result of their grieving?  Do you think people can fully stop grieving and move on with their lives?
  1. Cecilia has been married to John-Paul for fifteen years and has three children with him. Until she opens the letter, she seems to trust him and believe him to be the wonderful husband and father she’s always thought him to be.  But when she discovers his terrible, sinful secret, she begins to question him.  How well can one know one’s spouse?  Is it possible to ever completely know another person?
  1. The Husband’s Secret was written in third-person and in past tense. What did you think of the writing style?
  1. What did you think of the Epilogue?
  1. Each character had their own issues to deal with throughout the book. Which character(s) did you feel the most for and why?
  1. Throughout the novel, you get glimpses of Janie’s strict upbringing. Do you think that played a role in her untimely death?
  1. Overall, did you enjoy the book? Would you recommend it for others to read?

That is all for today my friends!  I hope you enjoyed the book club meeting and I will be announcing the next club read tomorrow.  Happy Wednesday!


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