"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)
As beautifully written and thoughtfully developed as her other books. It may have just been my devouring all of her novels in a row, but this one seemed to hold very few surprises for me. Not sure if I was just attuned to the workings of her plotting at that point, but I knew almost from the beginning what the secret was and how each narration would intersect (though I was a few degrees off of my prediction for the dramatic ending).
Even though it held few surprises, I still very much enjoyed it. Moriarty's writing and characterization are, as usual, almost flawless. She's become one of my favorite contemporary writers. I will continue to read anything she puts out.
One of the things she does so well is to really flesh out the complicated lives and perspectives of her female characters. She absolutely nails the anxiety and insecurity of motherhood and the complex relationships between women and their sisters/mothers/friends. She is absolutely top notch; I would (and have) recommended her to everyone I know who loves reading.
Loved it, The Husbands Secret exceeded my expectations. It was brilliant and so well thought out, and true to human nature. Characters were so believeable and real. I was enthralled from beginning to end. can't say enough wonderful things about this book. It will from now on always be on my favorites list
While I dId finish this book, for me, it was a bit like mindless reading. Which is not to say that it was bad. It took my mind off of other thoughts at times; thereby keeping my attention. Sort of like going to see a movie that I know isn't full of stellar performances, but I enjoyed nonetheless.
I couldn't stand her voice
I had just listened to "The Prince of Tides" which is exquisitely written and narrated, a true work of art. Perhaps it wasn't fair to listen to this one right after. It seemed juvenile and ridiculous, I didn't finish it.
I always choose a book based on reviews. This choice was very misleading. The first 50 chapters were filled with too many characters who did a bunch of nothing. I found the characters to be extremely one dimensional and boring. It wasn't until the last few chapters when an interesting spark occurred. By then, it was too late.
Such an interesting story. You can pretty much figure out the big secret, but what is done with it is the interesting part. The author told a fine tale and the narrator brought it to life. Very enjoyable.
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