by: Liane Moriarty
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
with Hannah and Cassie
Favorite Factor is a feature in which Hannah and I take some adult novels that we both have an interest in, do review with a TWIST, and let you know about the five factors:
- The Faces: Characters
- The Frame: Setting
- The Flow: Plot
- The Feelings: Relationships
- The Function: Overall
- The Finale: Chat style wrap-up!
At the end is when we talk a bit together about how we each felt about the book at hand, and then we give it a shiny rating, the rating shows how much, or little, of a favorite the novel is!
Now, we’re in Australia but other than some of the terminology, it didn’t FEEL too far off from a US suburb. So while the setting did not POP it is not because it was poorly developed, it was just never the true FOCUS of the story.
The pacing in this story was pure perfection. We get three main POV’s, Rachel, Cecilia and Tess. Each one tells their own story, and each is going through something entirely different from the next, but each story is so intriguing, so captivating, that there are times when you wish it wasn’t about to SWITCH to the next woman because you want to know NOW what happened!
I have a real love for each of these main characters. You have to respect them for their decisions, and then also wonder at times what they are thinking, and WHY they choose to put themselves through the things that they do! But I must say I had a favorite face. CONNOR. I wanted MORE CONNOR. And also, I thought Jacob and Liam were absolutely adorable – there was only one character I disliked.. and well. We won’t go there!
For a book that took on SO MUCH, I can not believe how well it flowed. There were several storylines being told, and we never felt jipped. Each woman told her story, HER way, and there was never a confusion. No one got lost in the drama, everyone reacted just as THEY would have. I have to say Moriarty did a beautiful job telling a very realistic tale. DEFINITELY one that leaves you thinking!
Oh my goooodnessss. SO MANY FEELINGS. Mostly for the poor kids! There’s a point when I wanted to jump in and just save them all because their parents are all TRYING but I feel that every decision they made in the end was the wrong one! I loved the mother/son relationship between Tess and Liam, and the grandmother/grandson with Rachel and Jacob, those were my favorites.
My oh my! What a journey Liane Moriarty took us on! I already purchased another of her novels, and I can’t WAIT to try some others!
Don’t forget to go check out Hannah’s thoughts!