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Absolute rubbish - avoid,
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This review is from: The Husband's Secret (Paperback)
You've got to wonder how many books writer poet and critic Sophie Hannah has read for her to call this a "staggeringly brilliant novel" on the cover of the Penguin edition. Sure it will sell copies, and dupe a lot of people (me included), but there is a huge gulf between some of the praise for this novel and the reality of the content.
The Husband's Secret is revealed about 40% of the way through the book, by which time it is already clear that this is no great work in terms of writing, plotting or characterisation. Instead, consider it a slice of Australian chic lit with a "what if" sub-plot thrown in, a tenuous link back to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and a weak crime/thriller strand, all building to a ludicrous finale that simply defies belief in terms of cliched writing.
Given the appalling quality of the writing, and a bunch of characters you would cross the road to avoid meeting in real life, The Husband's Secret has almost nothing going for it. The Kindle version is padded with an extract from another Moriarty book - but as The Husband's Secret was so bad I decided to give that miss thanks, and one has to wonder what's gone wrong in the world of Penguin publishing that this kind of drivel is now appearing from a publisher that once stood for quality.
The marketing has clearly worked, but if, like me, you don't like being duped by the hype surrounding books that really belong in the remainder bin - then give this one a wide berth. Rubbish.
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Initial post: 22 Apr 2014 09:00:47 BDT
Bought this on the recommendations of two friends. I have abandoned it half way through. Was going to keep for a tasty beach read but so glad I did not waste the space in my suit case ! I don't understand why it is so highly rated ? Life is too short to stick with such badly written, clichéd prose.
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