Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

But Harry's presence soon stirs up trouble in paradise: if Harry and his wife, the neighborhood’s "perfect couple," can call it quits, what does that mean for other so-called happy couples, like Lyssa and her husband, Ted? When Harry sets boundaries with his new fan club, he is exiled from the ladies' clique. But Lyssa refuses to snub him. What she never expects is the explosive impact her ongoing friendship with Harry will have on her close-knit pals—and on her marriage.

Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives was like brain reality tv, and brain fluff. It was entertaining. Was it the most interesting book I have ever read, no. It was Desperate Housewives meets a VH1 reality tv show, meets the Real Housewives. It was not stunning literature it was the perfect beach read, the perfect break from reality that was well organized well put together. Not an essential read by any stretch of the imagination but still entertaining. There were some gloriously scandalous moments, the intrigue read like a housewives version of Machiavelli's "The Prince" or the "Fourty-Eight Laws of Power", with allegiances steadily changing, and power-shifts, satellite tracking, and back-room dealings. The divorce dealings, the cheating scandals, the charity work, it all combines to create a story that though not groundbreaking is exceedingly entertaining and funny.

Rating, C: if you need a mind break, this is good. No rush, just enjoy if you feel so urged. Get it from the Library and drive up patronage rates.

1 comment:

  1. Great review, it looks like we had similar thoughts on this one!