very good listen, not what I expected but was very interesting. with little ones running around screaming this kept my attention. the twist in the book was very interesting and I was not expecting that at all which was exciting! if your looking for some suspense and real life this is a good read.
This book was truly a surprise. I expected it to be good. But it was REALLY Good. I've enjoyed all the books I bought by Liane Moriarty. But this one...this one makes you stop and think "Seriously...how would I handle that!" You'll feel so many emotions... I Loved it. Sometimes I wanted to cry...I screamed out loud while driving NO don't do that! And as the story marched on...you were thankful to have a moment to evaluate your own life and relationships in light of the unexpected.
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
Liane Moriarty has easily become one of my favourite authors since I read the amazing 'What Alice Forgot.' She seems to weave very complicated and deep characters into stories that make us thing, gasp, empathize, love, and hate.
The Husband's Secret is no different.
Years ago in small town Australia a young teenage girl was murdered by strangulation, and her murderer was never caught. Present day shows her mother Rachel, a secretary at the public school, who is in a depression because her only son is moving her grandchild to New York. She has more time to ponder the death of her daughter, seething with rage at the man in the town of whom she is certain committed the crime.
Tess has just found out her husband and sister-like cousin have fallen in love, so she goes off with her son to get away from her nightmare of a marriage.
Finally, Celia, the consummate volunteer mother who knows the whole town and is the first one to bring a casserole in times of need to any family is about to find out a secret that her husband has kept for years. And, it's quite the shocking secret.
The characters weave together and apart, and we're left with a fascinating story of survival and reality- one that touches our heart.
Caroline Lee is brilliant as per usual with her excellent narration.
Excellent book- 5 stars in all three categories.
I find Moriarty to be witty and funny; I loved "Big Little Lies" which is what motivated me to listen to this one. Bonus, I love Caroline Lee's narration! I love that voice.
I enjoy the way Moriarty tells a story; lives intertwined in unexpected ways with brilliant inner-dialog and witty banter. I didn't find the "secret" to be as exciting as they led us to believe, however I was surprised by it. The story was middle of the road; neither great nor bad, but I would have read it again because I like the author and her style.
which is why only the 4 stars, except of course for Caroline Lee's narration. Another reader might look beyond the emotion to the facts of excellent writing and plotting and plug in that last star. But I have to choose my rating based on the way I felt when the last page was finished, and that was not very good. Much preferred Big Little Lies. But will still be looking forward to my next Liane Moriarty book. She is a master storyteller.
Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking! I am sorry to come to the end!
Moriarty has a gift for expressing her characters innermost feelings with honesty.
As long as I have my Audible, I'm content.
This is the third book I've listened to by Liane Moriarty (the others were What Alice Forgot and The Hypnotist's Lover). There's something unique about her characters that makes me love them all. The dialogue is funny and authentic and endearing. Moriarty's insight into the lives of women surprises me at times and her portrayal of the fragile, yet strong relationships between the characters are so true to life and humorous and heartrending and ludicrous, just like in real life. I'm looking forward to the fourth! Oh, and I do hope they continue to be narrated by either Caroline Lee or Tamara Lovatt Smith. Maybe it's that magical Australian accent, but they are my favorite narrators on Audible.
Four hours too long due to flowery descriptions of everyday actions like parking a car. It is safe to assume one lifts a handbrake and unbuckles a seatbelt before exiting.
The Biggest Loser mentions was another waste of time the author uses to portray the exact same time span in several different households.
These overly wordy descriptions were repeated over and over to the point where I wanted to delete the book. This novel just needed a better final editor and it would have been five stars. This felt like one of those papers back in college when I hadn't met my word limit so I went back and added elaborate explanations. I might not have minded it so much if I were reading it, rather than listening. Even at 2x speed it felt dreadfully long. I couldn't wait until it was over.
I've never been a huge fan of "chick flick" books but this book made you wonder about life's biggest mystery, "what could have been". You can sympathize with the characters easily, and can solve your own mystery and enjoy the story of how these 3 family's lives interlink.
How our lives, loves, hopes, and grief intertwine. This book also explores the conflicting emotions of marital commitment and parental love.