"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)
It doesn't make it a bad book, but when there's an old murder and the book is called The Husband's Secret, it doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure out what it is. That's not the reason to keep reading though. I kept reading to see what that secret would do to the people in the story. Not just the husband's immediate family (which is bad enough), but to others. It's also a portrayal of how people perceive themselves versus how they are perceived by others. Cecelia is the starkest case of this, but Tess is a good example also. I don't read a lot of books like this one, about family, marriage and lies, but it was decent and written well enough that I didn't get hit by any stray gaffes along the way. Many think there wasn't enough rage or outrage from Cecelia or Rachel, but that kind of emotional fire hose is hard to maintain, so I didn't find it too unrealistic. Made for a placid bunch of characters though.
Chick Lit Lover
I liked the backstory of the murder. I didn't understand why we needed to know all about the other characters that really had nothing to do with the main theme of the book.
Probably not. It was too long, and the characters were really not intertwined other than they all went to the same school.
I don't have one.
No. It was pretty disappointing and just sad.
The narrator did a great job, especially with the kids' characters. I always knew who was speaking and what was going on at any time. But the book overall was slow and none of the characters really had much to do with the others. The ending was disappointing also.
Caroline Lee's narration was stellar, as always. She captures the comedy and the tragedy and always hits the right note. My very favourite part was the epilogue. I teared up on the subway.
Like many others, I read Big Little Lies first. The three-woman-main-characters and multiple perspective format is very similar. You get to know and love the characters and she reveals all the little secrets in such an artful way. While the beginning of this book wasn't quite as gripping as BLL, I found the emotional payoff to be even better.
The choices we make
Stick with this one.
I've attempted to listen to this book while running but I seem to find it very slow in building a plot. It repeats events and seems a bit scattered. It's ok. Not my favorite by any means.
Not sure yet.
No, not sure.
Maybe. Not sure.
The narrator was great. The three main characters were voiced distinctly, and let's face it, Australian accents are fun.
Well paced, well told. Likeable and believable people.
Tess, probably because she was most like me.
Cecilia, since she would carry the conversation along nicely.
Enjoyed the book and have been glad to re-listen to most parts again.
Family, Loss, Love
Celia, because she is so competent and confident but has to deal with a tremendous challenge.
Also Celia, who is presented in all her brashness and, ultimately, her vulnerability.
When Rachel learns the truth.
While told largely with a light touch, I appreciated the thread of deep humanity that ran through the story, with so many characters touched by the tragedy at the center of the story. I grew to care about all of the characters and to wonder how they would deal with the challenges they faced. The ending was a bit contrived but it made for a good story.
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