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The Husband's Secret | [Liane Moriarty]

The Husband's Secret

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....
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Publisher's Summary

"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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 02-06-14
    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2011

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Soap Opera Digest"

    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.

    59 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Alameda, CA, United States 09-01-13
    Margaret Alameda, CA, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Escape to the land down under..."

    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.

    36 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 08-18-13
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 08-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good, but a little too much hand-wringing"

    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.

    40 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth St. Paul, MN United States 08-28-13
    Elizabeth St. Paul, MN United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "Best Audiobook Since Gone Girl"

    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.

    45 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela United States 07-31-13
    Pamela United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2004

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "Secrets create the new normal"

    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.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Garfinkle Orange County, CA United States 09-06-13
    Debra Garfinkle Orange County, CA United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2010

    author of books for teens and children

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    "Loved It"

    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.

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa LONDON, United Kingdom 10-11-13
    Melissa LONDON, United Kingdom 10-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Daytime soap chick-lit"
    Would you try another book from Liane Moriarty and/or Caroline Lee?

    no


    Has The Husband's Secret turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    it was ok - she did a very good job considering the text she was reading.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. Annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda UT 01-06-14
    Melinda UT 01-06-14 Member Since 2009

    So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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    "My Dirty Little Secret - Auld Lang Syne, 2013"

    I finished this book back in August (2013), just weeks after it was published. I wrote no review because there were already 4 and they all raved about this book. It had seemed harmless enough to me: a lazily written, not particularly creative read, similar to a preposterous soap opera, that whined out of my ipod and through my ears without imparting any real insight or pleasure I'd care to pass along. If 4 readers luved this, then there were 4 happy people in the world that might inspire even more happiness. : )

    My magnanimity took a dive when I side-eyed this title on some obscure Best Reads list. As it marched its way onto more and more of these ubiquitous lists, I began to feel increasingly uncharitable to this book, responsible for those 4 happy readers back in August, ONLY because there were some really good books not getting a spot on those lists, and because -- I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry -- but I thought this was overall processed doo doo you unfortunately read once in a while, but devoting all of your reading time to similar books could lead to atrophying of the brain. Harsh 'who-do-you-who-do-you-who-do-you-think you are' opinions like that aren't well received, and you might understand why I didn't share an opinion I wasn't proud of.

    Ushering in 2014 means bidding adieu to 2013; so I'll think of the Robert Burns poem Auld Lang Syne while I peruse the Best Reads from 2013 lists...but there'll be no *cup o'kindness yet* for the inclusion of The Husband Secret.

    54 of 67 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Implausible premise"

    The central premise of this book, that a responsible woman would have stayed with this guy, is absurd. If you can get past that it passes the time. I finished this one.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen Killen, AL, United States 08-23-13
    Gwen Killen, AL, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Wow! Great story & great characters!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wow! WOW! W. O. W! So many characters, so intricately woven together...so much I never saw coming! I just finished this book and am going to purchase others by this author! LOVED it!


    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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