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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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    Jeanine Stillman 01-23-15

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    "Good book if you like the "F" word"

    I love the reader, liked the story! I just find it is sad a writer feels he or she needs to use filthy language to get a point across.

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    Susie 01-22-15
    Susie 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Social suspense thriller"

    Love her writing, pace, interest, suspense, connection to reality. That is all and enough - you'll be glad you read or listened

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    Allison 01-22-15
    Allison 01-22-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Entertaining story with a disappointing end."

    I really enjoyed the overall story although I was slightly disappointed in the ending. I don't feel that the wrap up with little tidbits about each character not knowing the alternate endings was necessary. It seemed rushed and bizarre. I did enjoy the way each group of characters lives intertwined and how the internal conflict of each of the main players was explored.

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    JJ Erick 01-22-15
    JJ Erick 01-22-15

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    "Great story!!"

    What a great story of how the lives of so many women intertwine. Very well written, keeps you interested till the very end!

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    rebecca posner san jose, CA United States 01-22-15
    rebecca posner san jose, CA United States 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Caroline Lee does the best readings!"

    I enjoyed this book, although not as much as Moriarty's big little things, but it was still an excellent book with complex characters and interesting themes. Also, Caroline is a great reader!

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    Bookie 01-21-15
    Bookie 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good"

    Kept my interest the whole way through. Loved the epilogue. Would recommend this book. Some of the voices bothered me a bit but it didn't distract too badly.

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    Lotra 01-21-15
    Lotra 01-21-15
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    "Good Story with Twists"
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in my top 15. I liked the story and some of the twists I was able to anticipate before they happened, but it was well written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters and their development. The author does a good job of weaving the characters lives together and making it make sense in the end.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is good. Easy to listen to.


    If you could take any character from The Husband's Secret out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Maybe Tess. Only because I would have talked with her about kicking her cousin's behind! While I understood where her cousin was coming from by the end of the book, Tess allowed her entirely too much power and access in her life. She needed a stronger backbone.


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    rene snyder 01-20-15
    rene snyder 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fully engrossed from the beginning."
    What did you love best about The Husband's Secret?

    Her usage of words, wit, believability. Making normal life so interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

    When Polly was hit by the car, the realizations of why it happened by both parents, Celeste and John Paul, ie John Pauls crime.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Celeste


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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-16-15
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-16-15 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Don't Judge by the Cover. . . It's Not Chick Lit!"

    Some have said this is chick lit and not worth the listen. I disagree. This story has threads that run very, very deep and it is really quite good in every manner. The narration is pure Australian and spot on for every character. Loved Caroline Lee!

    The novel is situated in contemporary Australia. The crux of the story is about a decades-old unsolved murder; the lifelong relationship of female cousins; a shocking marital separation; a "found" lost love; lots (and lots) of tension between parents and children, in-laws and such; and most of all, a husband's awful secret. But really, everyone in the story has secrets. Everyone has secret thoughts and feelings that they don't state or reveal. Thus, they live behind walls, lots, and lots of walls that they have erected to protect themselves from emotional hurt. The symbolism of the use of the Berlin Wall (an historical interest of one of the characters) is so perfect for this story. "Who would want to live on the other side of a wall?" one young girl asks. Who? Lots of the adults who aren't brave enough to risk love, rejection, and truth; all of whose life stories are central to this novel.

    A very good story about intertwined relationships and the power that compassion and love have to create pain and sorrow as well as healing and joy.

    Much recommended!

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    Kamie 01-16-15
    Kamie 01-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Liane Moriarty does it again!"
    Would you listen to The Husband's Secret again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again. I think that part of the problem with audiobooks is that your mind can wander if something in the book makes you think about your own life. I believe a second listen would keep me really listening, but I am also anxious to listen to other titles by this author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

    Of course - when the husband's secret was revealed. Also, there care a point in the story when I realized what was going to happen. As a writer myself, I am always happy to find the part in a story when, as a reader, you can pat yourself on the back for figuring it out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't think that I had a favorite, but I really liked the scene with Cecilia because I could relate to her slightly neurotic way of thinking.


    If you could rename The Husband's Secret, what would you call it?

    Something along the lines of "The Ripple Effect" or "What Might Have Been"


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this after listening to Big Little Lies by this author. I love the story line, and I also love the reader! These books are easy to get into, and the characters are relatable! I will be downloading another one of her titles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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