People either really love this book, or think it's overhyped. I fall into the former group. I loved the short chapters, the changing perspectives, andPeople either really love this book, or think it's overhyped. I fall into the former group. I loved the short chapters, the changing perspectives, and the constant plot twists. I thought the character development was fantastic, and the dealing of some serious plot storylines was not exploitive. I actually liked Big Little Lies better then The Husband's Secret!...more
Loved the premise. What would you do if you found out your husband murdered someone when he was 17 and never confessed? The character develo*spoilers*
Loved the premise. What would you do if you found out your husband murdered someone when he was 17 and never confessed? The character development was great, I believed it wholeheartedly, until...
Then I was kind of like, really? It all seemed very My Sister's Keeper to me. I don't know what I would have liked the ending to be, but it felt pretty unrealistic and ridiculous.
I did, however, enjoy the epilogue. It was a well written epilogue with an interesting way of tying up everything. I especially liked that we learned Janie wouldn't have died but for her rare disorder. I also liked how all the comments on how tall and skinny she was throughout suddenly made sense. Very subtle, nice work, Moriarty.
Also, on a side note, the Tess storyline felt very unimportant when I got to the end. Like, what was the point? Also, the Berlin wall sidebars were way over my head. Why was it there? I didn't get it.
Overall, I would give this book 3.5 stars. Three seemed like too little, but four was too much. ...more
**spoiler alert** After Giffin's last book and all the controversy that followed with the allegations of her deleting book reviews and bullying reader**spoiler alert** After Giffin's last book and all the controversy that followed with the allegations of her deleting book reviews and bullying readers, I kind of lost my appreciation for Giffin. I used to think that she was the best chick lit author out there, but after the controversy, I stopped following her social networking sites and actually did not know that this book had been released until early Sunday morning when I was perusing Half Price Books and noticed in the "Recently Released" section. I don't know if I am a masochist or a glutton for punishment, but I picked it up and immediately started reading it.
The Good: Its infinitely better then her last book, which is easily her worst.
I selfishly enjoyed the Dallas location, and the football theme. I am a sports enthusiast, however, and I wonder how it will play out with other readers who are not into the sports scene, because there certainly was a lot of sports talk. I did appreciate a female lead with a bit of a tomboy side, who loved her sports. A nice departure from the typical female lead. Definitely a unique choice.
I liked the shout-outs to my favorite Dallas restaurants (Bob's and Mi Cocinas!), but was a little put off by her obsession with Highland Park. Really? There are other parts of Dallas.
I read it pretty much in one day, which I always seem to do with Giffin's novels. The one thing she is always able to do is create a compelling story that I can't put down- regardless of how I like it. That was the case with this book, especially.
I also really liked Lucy and Miller. I thought they had great character development and appreciated their banter throughout.
The Bad: (spoiler alert) I had two big problems with this book.
I could not get behind the romance with the Coach. It was just too gross. The problem was how Giffin set it up. In the first chapter I thought to myself "please do not make this a romance with her and the Coach." Then, I thought, oh good. She is setting this up as a mentor relationship. Shea is going to start reporting, find the thing that brings down the Coach with the NCAA, her quarterback boyfriend will validate her findings, there will be huge conflict. Um, no. Instead it was a gross romance that made me cringe. I know that Giffin tried to describe the coach as George Clooney-esque (also, really?), but all I could picture was an old chubby man (like most Texas coaches). I kept saying "Imagine Coach Taylor! Imagine Coach Taylor!" But it didn't work. I know Shea was supposed to be 33 years old but the whole thing grossed me out, not to mention that he was a recent widow and practically raised her. Hello daddy issues. Hello gross.
There was a point in the book where I really liked it. I kind of loved the initial conflict that she had with Ryan James, and how he was this super successful quarterback and she was this hometown tomboy girl thrust into the limelight. Then, all of a sudden, Giffin was like JUST KIDDING HE IS AN ABUSIVE MAYBE RAPIST. WTF??? You just spent 300 pages doing a great job with character development, and then you went there? I hated that. It was stupid and unnecessary.
Also, what was the point of the NCAA stuff? To throw around some cool sports vernacular? To shout out SMU? Because nothing ever came of it.
Overall it was just okay. A typical Giffin novel that is a quick, fun read, but overall kind of disappointing. ...more