I read this book out of curiosity for its title, publicity and listing on Kindle (It was listed as one of the bestseller books on Kindle) and I’m happy I did. This is an easy three star read. A well-crafted story that’s humorous, enigmatic and alarming as it throw a serious look at all the secrets we keep from one another and ourselves.
The story is about a woman who discovers a letter addressed to her from her husband in a box in the attic. It says only to open it in the case of his death. Her husband is not late yet and so she wrestles about whether to open the letter or not. What harm would be done by opening the letter? The reader knows the contents of the letter will be pretty exciting because Moriarty starts a foreword with a passage about Pandora’s box. I was just so curious and I really just wanted to know WHAT was in that damn letter, So we get dragged along by suspense and then…well, I won’t spoil it.
Here’s as much as I want to tell you about it. This is from the back cover:
“My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .”
This book definitely wasn’t what I imagined. The book is revolves around three women and the Berlin Wall who have nothing in common are thoroughly drawn together as their lives and the fall of the berlin wall are entangled. The author explores relationships in its many forms. How ego can get in the way of a fulfilling relationship or ruin a relationship or life. How nothing is as neatly contained as it appears. When life gets messy, we must redefine the borders and accept the excess.
That’s all you get from me…
…to be honest, the secret is indicated quite early in the book and it’s fully revealed before the half-way mark, but this book isn’t about the secret. It’s about the impacts which are still echoing decades later.
It’s a cleverly crafted book about families, kindergarten, parents and kids and yes a very dark secret that affects the lives of three women.