"My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died...."
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 of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all - she's an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia - or each other - but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses - and, ultimately, ourselves.
©2013 Liane Moriarty (P)2013 Penguin Audio
"In The Husband's Secret,, Liane Moriarty has created a contemporary Pandora whose dilemma is spellbinding. Shocking, complex and thought-provoking, this is a story reading groups will devour. A knockout!" (Emily Giffin, New York Times best-selling author)
I downloaded this book because it got a great review from a reviewer I follow (thanks, Elizabeth) and I'm glad I did. I'd never heard of Liane Moriarty before, but now I'd compare her to Jennifer Crusie for her writing style and Lisa Lutz for the story. The voices of the characters are distinct and if I had to pick a favorite, there'd be trouble. All three of the female lead characters - plus Felicity - fascinated me. I felt oddly like I knew them very well and yet was constantly caught off guard by their next moves.
I have to admit that I guessed the ending. But that only increased my interest because I couldn't be sure. This book, while not literary per se, nor a thriller exactly, hovered somewhere in between - in the genre now known as "a Moriarty."
Caroline Lee's performance enhanced the listen. Recommend.
Liane Moriatry would have had a real winner here if a fourth of the text were edited out. Even with the padding, I was fairly engrossed. We've got soap-opera family dynamics that rise above the genre thanks to original plot elements. Not great literature by any means, but for the purpose of enlivening a dull commute, this is worth a credit. I love the narrator. She can visit my ear anytime.
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
The flower on the book was an omen foreboding me to step away. Romance novel was my gut instinct, and left it at that, until magazine after magazine touted this as one of the year's best. I caved and spent my credit only to find I was correct.
Cousins fight over a the same man; jilted lover hooks up with old high school beau; and spoiler alert...husband has a secret! This book isn't complete rubbish, but it's certainly not great lit either. Reminds me of another book given the same distinction, "Life after Life" and after the second time, I wanted to kill the narrator myself.
If you're expecting clever twists, witty dialogue, precarious situations, this is not for you.
I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.
This book teeters on the edge of being chick-lit. The plot and character development were more complex than what you might expect to find in typical "chick-lit", but the story is mainly centered around and about women and they choices they make and the consequences that they have to deal with. To be honest, it does get a bit dramatic, in an engrossing and want-to-keep-listening kind of way. I also think that the book is going to appeal to mainly women which in a sense does make the book "chick-lit".
I finished this book a few days ago, but I keep thinking about the story. While I wanted to give the book 4 stars, it's lingering effect on me is prompting me to give it 5. This book deals with 3 Australian women. It was a bit confusing in the beginning to keep them all straight, but once I got ahold of the reins of Tess, Rachel and Cecelia… I was hooked. I felt sympathetic to these 3 characters. Bad things had happened to them, things that were out of their control and they had to figure out how to handle their situations. As the story progresses, their lives become entangled with each other. While some of the book was predictable, other parts surprised me and caught me off guard. I felt like it was easy to relate to many of the characters even if I could not relate to the predicaments that they were in. Moriarty builds interesting relationships with the characters. I especially liked Tess's and Felicity's so-called friendship and Cecilia's and John Paul's marital interactions. Caroline Lee was a perfect narrator for this book and I loved how she played Ester's lisp and her Australian accent is very nice to listen to. The epilogue was genius on Moriarty's part. I really appreciated how she "finished" the book and I think I may have listened to it twice. On a side note, I don't care for the cover art. I think it is too girly and tacky. With all of that said, I enjoyed this book enough to go right out and buy another of her books, "What Alice Forgot."
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
This is an excellent book that beautifully builds and draws you into the lives of three ordinary Australian women during extraordinary circumstances. The secrets that lie at the heart of each of them are easy to relate to and told masterfully. It is that wonderful mix of complex charcter study and great plot that makes you form a love/hate relationship with each of the characters. Caring so much about what comes next makes it hard to put down. This is the perfect summer read/book club/gift book because you'll want to run out and find someone else to talk with about it when you're done. Do be careful of spoilers on this one - - there is great pleasure in each revelation.
author of books for teens and children
One of the best novels I read this year, and I read about forty of them. Each of the three main characters has her own unique personality, compelling story, and internal growth. Their lives intersect in fascinating ways. This book has it all: an engrossing plot, interesting characters, and depth.
This novel is set in contemporary Australia, and features an unsolved murder, a marital separation, family tension, and not just a husband's secret, but small and large secrets of many characters.
I only wish the cover and title of this book didn't make it seem like a romance novel. It is deeper and more literary than it first appears.
Fast approaching retirement as a life long oncology nurse. I love family more than anything. I enjoy reading (audio only), movies, travels, paper crafting, photography, gardening and just being alive.
I loved this audiobook. The narrator was amazing. I loved her accent and she was perfect for each character. The story had me at the first sentence and kept me engaged until the end. When I had an hour left, I went and did something else for a few hours just so I could extend the book. I did not want it to end. This book is not chick flick. This book has everything. Superb writing. Characters that were believable and I could relate to. And Ms Moriarty wove the tale like no other. I will be recommending this book to all my book lover friends. I can't wait to try some more books by this author.
So many coincidences to move the plot forward - I found the writing pedestrian, the characters were more types than individuals, and some of the incidents just too predictable.
It's not that I would cut any but I wish they were better developed.
I am dumbfounded that so many people praise this book. Tupperware parties, Easter hat parades, midnight "chance" meetings at a gas station, it all just felt contrived. And the epilogue, in which a murderer was more or less excused, was the icing on the cake. I like subtlety in books I read, and this one didn't offer any.
I'm not sure what the genre is - but this is, I think badly written, boringly conceived and really does remind me of the few times I have seen mid-day television - is there something called Desparate Housewives? I think this must be like that...
I liked the reviewer who said it was suitable for Philosophy 101
it was ok - she did a very good job considering the text she was reading.
I am rather sad (for the sake of an indication of the general level of intellect) that this has reached such heights in the New York Times best seller list - although I must say it is MILES above the Shades of Grey series...so I suppose that is a good thing.
The story was banal, the characters were shallow and unengaging. I couldn't last as far as The Opening of the Letter, but it was pretty obvious what it was going to be about.
The women twittered on and on about nothing....just open the letter already!
While Celia was considering whether or not her husband was having an affair or putting the moves on his own daughter, the tone of voice was the same as a TV Mum deciding which washing powder or toothpaste to buy. It was rather disconcerting and very annoying.
I was disappointed as some of the reviews were good...I wanted to like it but I just couldn't finish it.
A complete waste of a credit!!
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