My favourite part of the book was the epilogue, I realise that sounds strange, but it was just stunning and I thought it was the perfect ending to the story.
The Husband's Secret was published here in the UK by Penguin at the end of August, and I'm really delighted to be part of the Blog Tour for the book.
I have a paperback copy of The Husband's Secret to give away too, entering is easy-peasy, just fill out the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post.
Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of five internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes,The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and The Husband's Secret.
Writing as L.M.Moriarty, she is also the author of the Space Brigade books for children, (published in the US as the Nicola Berry, Earthling Ambassador series).
It's great to welcome Liane to Random Things today, she's answered a couple of questions;
How did you get the idea for the novel?
Two years ago I stumbled upon a fascinating article about real-life deathbed confessions. I learned about Christian Spurling, who confessed on his deathbed to faking a notorious photo of the Loch Ness Monster. There was afamous songwriter who was dying of cancer who wrote a letter admitting, after years of adamant denials, that she had plagiarized a lullaby melody. Then there was the hapless man who, after suffering a stroke, confessed he’d killed his neighbour thirty years earlier. The only problem was that he didn’t end up dying. After he was released from hospital, he went straight to jail. These stories, particularly the one about the man who didn’t die, got me thinking. I was intrigued by that overwhelming desire to share your darkest secret. So I came up with the idea of a man who feels such a powerful desire to share a secret that he sits down and writes a letter to his wife, to be opened in the event of his death. It’s a deathbed confession, except he’s not dead.
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not writing?
I read in bed, read in the bath, read in the TV commercials, sleep, eat chocolate, work off all that chocolate in gym classes, ski (not that I ski every weekend, but I thought I should mention something outdoorsy), and now it occurs to me that I haven’t mentioned my children, and I don’t know how I could have forgotten them, because they are currently with the babysitter, screaming their darling little heads off in the hallway just outside my office door. What I actually do when I’m not writing is take care of my five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter, and I like that very much.
Take a look at the promotional video for The Husband's Secret :