Marriage thrillers have been a staple of my reading for the last year or so. I’m fascinated by the in-and outs of the marriages, as well as the crazy twists that can happen. Here are 3 of my favorite reads where either the husband or wife (or both) are keeping secrets.
The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty
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 … what would you do?
What would you do? What’s the secret? I couldn’t even begin to imagine, and when I finally found out – woah! I didn’t see it coming. This book made my list of 3 Books Where the Suspense Almost Killed Me.
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. One day, she sees something shocking. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Rachel was a bit of a mess, and that’s part of what kept me interested. She kept getting into sticky situations – ones that she just couldn’t get out of … even if she wanted to. And the mystery was a delight to watch slowly unravel. The book is a bit of a slow burn at times, but it’s worth reading. It went on my list of 3 Popular Books Worth the Hype
The Expats, Chris Pavone
Kate’s husband works incessantly, doing a job Kate has never understood, for a banking client she’s not allowed to know. He’s becoming distant and evasive. How can there be so many secrets in a marriage?! This book is all about espionage and suspense – how does a marriage survive when both parties are lying almost all the time?
There are so many secrets in this book – it’s unreal that this couple. This book made my list of 8 Crazy Good Marriage Thrillers That Belong On Your Reading List with good reason. It just never stops once the secrets start being revealed.
Have you read any of these books? Do you have any recommendations?
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This might be one of my favorite genres, or subgenre I guess? Loved Girl on the Train. The Husband’s Secret has been sitting on my Kindle for ages, I’ve heard so many raves and it’s one of those books that I’ve just been saving for when I need a really good read (sometimes it’s fun to delay that gratification). 🙂 I’m reading another of Moriarty’s books now (What Alice Forgot), I’m only a little ways in but it seems to contain some interesting marital dramas so far!
I read, and enjoyed, the Girl on the Train but I hadn’t heard about the others.
I’ve read and enjoyed the first two’; I’ll have to take a look at the third. As much as I liked The Husband’s Secret (I read it twice), I liked Liane Moriarty’s next book, Big Little Lies, even more!
I’ve never used this particular wording for them, but YES!!!!