"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 enjoyed not only the story but how the lives of the characters intersected each other and how the decisions we make not only influence our lives but the lives of those around us. great book and great voice of the narrator.
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
This book was the book club selection for June. And I have to say that I was glad it was selected after reading A Wanted Woman.
This will be a spoiler free review. That's right! I will not tell you what the letter says. Nope! Not a peep!
So.... This story revolves around several characters and the crazy mayhem going on in their lives. One, Cecilia finds a letter in her home's attic from her husband telling her not to open it until he is dead. At the time he is on a business trip on another continent. The mother of 3 young girls has a perfect live and this letter might end all of that (or might not). Hmm!
Then there is Tess. Tess's husband comes out and tells her he is having a non-sexual affair with her cousin Felicity. I know right! Can you image?
Oh and there is poor Rachel who sits in mourning over the death of her daughter Janie decades later.
All of these stories and characters start out as separate situations but quickly become one. And by the way you don't have to wait long to find out what the letter is all about but the process getting to it makes you flip pages quickly. And unlike so many ladies in the book club, I had no idea what the letter would say. I was completely shocked by the information revealed. I still think about how I would react if I was in Cecilia situation. I mean... WOW! What a shocker?
Overall, I thought it was a great audiobook. The only down point would be there were a few too many characters to keep up with and their stories seemed to be just background noise. I think the Felicity and Will storyline could have been eliminated completely and it would not have affected the storyline at all.
The book is a great summer read. The main characters are really well written and full of GUILT! That could be an alternative title to this book. LOL! Everyone is shackled with guilt from past actions, from unkind thoughts, from everything under the sun. Yes! They are Catholics.
The narrator Caroline Lee did a good job of reading this audiobook. Her accent seemed to be in keeping with the Australian setting.
If you need a good summer read, I would recommend this book without a doubt. You might need a pen and paper to write out notes of "who is who" to help you in the beginning. But it's worth it!
This writer has hit her stride. This book is just perfectly written, revealing itself with intensity and with each of many characters being so well developed. I am enchanted with the ending -- and I always hate endings. There is just nothing to complain about here and I am certain there are many fellow lovers of Moriarty. She has achieved what I didn't dare hope she would when I finished two of her earlier books, which left me disappointed and even put off a bit, because I was worried she was just too pat. She is NOT. She has captured slices of life with such realism that I find her impossible to ignore I'm off to read another.
I had trouble tearing myself away from this book to do anything else. It held my interest so completely and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. I loved each the characters and the way the author made them so “everyday normal,” with their good and bad sides. The little bit of sarcasm throughout lightened somewhat the heavy nature of some events. I really enjoyed the Australian accent of the narrator.
No, definitely not!
Her voice is sharp and grating, her accent at times makes it difficult to understand what she is saying. Perhaps the book would have been OK without this reader's voice. Perhaps the reader would have been OK with a different book.
I am going to request a refund of my credit. Sorry, won't purchase this author again. Once spoiled ...........
I have been a Liane Moriarty fan for a while now, but Husband's Secret is a gem of a book, and Caroline Lee should read every book Moriarty writes. That combination is a keeper.
I give this book a solid B. It's a page turner for sure.
Some of the book is predictable, and that's OK, because some of it is not!
The narrator does a great job. I usually like male narrators, and Caroline Lee did a great job.
I listen while driving to and from work, and this book made my drive something to look forward to.
Many reviews call this a chick lit. Well maybe I'm in touch with my feminine side, because I liked this book very much!
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