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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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    deborah lee 06-18-14
    deborah lee 06-18-14
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    "Captivating"
    Would you listen to The Husband's Secret again? Why?

    Absolutely


    What did you like best about this story?

    The naturalness and realness of each story line. It could happen!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Impossible to say


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

    Never would!


    Any additional comments?

    I have to say that I admire the way the author wraps up at the end.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Pasadena, CA 91105 06-17-14
    Stephanie Pasadena, CA 91105 06-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Ending was shocking - AMAZING"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Husband's Secret to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because I do not enjoy reading, which is why I ABSOLUTELY LOVE AUDIBLE.COM.
    Being read to is a wonderful experience and develops your focus and imagination


    What other book might you compare The Husband's Secret to and why?

    None because of the ending. The book took me on lots of twists, turns, guilt, love, loneliness, grief, blame. Lastly, the entire truth....


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Being read to with clarity.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Never have time or focus to listen in one sitting. I listen when at my convenience, just like anyone who wants to curl up and read a good book. I must be in the mood to focus, and follow the story and characters. If I miss anything, I can always rewind, which has become my best friend.


    Any additional comments?

    Continues success to Audible.com and allowing those of us that JUST DO NOT ENJOY READING.
    FYI: Audible.com has the best CUSTOMER SERVICE STAFF!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sister Christian 06-03-14
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    "What an Incredible Listen!"
    If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, Unexpected, Brilliant


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

    The contents of Cecelia's letter!


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

    Love them all! But Tess if I have to choose one


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    He did a bad bad thing..


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic narration along with incredible story telling! Don't miss this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lady A Grimsby, ON, Canada 06-03-14
    Lady A Grimsby, ON, Canada 06-03-14 Member Since 2013

    i love to listen! i think we all do when you subscribe. But is like a comfort to have stories read, it relaxes me, and sets me a ease.

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    "its OK. at best its OK"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    the story is very simple and it drags out way to long. or maybe it was the narrator. its was.. s l o w . Ok i get it the secrets our husbands keep, but it could have been better read
    not a 4 or even a 3.5 .. at best a 2.5


    What was most disappointing about Liane Moriarty’s story?

    to many.. what if's
    i was disappointed on how insecure these women are.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the reading was so slow. Honestly, the end was the best part


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

    this book sparked disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    thinking of returning this book... sorry, if i didnt like it, but for me, i was expecting more on the reviews i did read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Didi 05-29-14
    E. Didi 05-29-14
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    "14 Hours of Narcissistic Hand-Wringing"
    What would have made The Husband's Secret better?

    Some forward motion in plot, characters that weren't complete narcissists, an editor to cut 1/2 of the text or more...


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

    If naval gazing by amoral simpletons is a genre, then yes.


    What aspect of Caroline Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    More variance in tone would have been nice. Still, I'm sure she did the best she could given the limpid, bloated material she had to work with.


    What character would you cut from The Husband's Secret?

    Felicity is a particularly awful specimen of human being that never gets the smack-down she deserves, but then again, the same could be said about many people in the novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Look, I can appreciate a slow, internal novel with little action. But if you're going to do that, your characters actually have to have interesting and novel thoughts. These do not. At all. They're just a pack of awful small-minded twits who spend all their time wringing their hands over and over and over (and never making a dratted decision that might actually lead to action). All that hand wringing, of course, is only to decide that nothing is anyones fault ever and they and everyone else never bear any responsibility for their actions. Ugh. The only characters that aren't totally awful are Janey's mother, brother, and Conor; but the writer does her best to render them unlikeable by the end too.

    I really want these hours of my life back. Badly. I kept listening, thinking it HAD to have a least some sort of payoff, something, anything....but no. It never does.

    Truly, I loathed this book by the end. And I won't even get into the maudlin, grade-schoolers-idea-of-deep that was...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Lombard, IL, United States 05-18-14
    Tracey Lombard, IL, United States 05-18-14 Member Since 2014

    New to audible - enjoy a variety of authors from Chick Lit/Romance to Biographies and interesting personal stories! Nice to meet you .. :)

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    "Enjoyable!"
    What did you love best about The Husband's Secret?

    This book help many surprises and basically a moral in the end. I enjoyed listening - the twists and turns - the author absolutely captured my attention and held it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The surprises and twists that brought me to a place of retrospection about judging other people, as well as about redemption.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Hmmmm ... I have to actually think on that. I'm not so sure I would want to take any of them out to dinner, actually. I know that's a bit unbelievable, but I really didn't fall in love with any of the characters - I didn't come to feel common ground with any of them - I didn't like some, but strange as it may sound, I would have no interest in sharing a meal with them.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth your time to read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    yogagirl06 El Paso, TX 05-10-14
    yogagirl06 El Paso, TX 05-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    I saw the reviews on this book and wanted to read it immediately. I read What Alice Forgot and Loved it. The narration made this book equally enjoyable to the story line (I say with audio it doesn't matter how good the book is, the narrator can ruin it). This book kept me on the edge of my seat, inspired me and warmed my heart. The characters are so vivid and easy to relate to. The story line sparked deep questions and ultimately had a good message.

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    T. Pillow TN 05-08-14
    T. Pillow TN 05-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Never written a review before!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Husband's Secret the most enjoyable?

    I loved it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I do not think I had a favorite.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    I loved her accent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so shocked at the turns this book took. I really got caught up in the story.

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    JR 05-05-14
    JR 05-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not worth your credit."
    What was most disappointing about Liane Moriarty’s story?

    From the short preview I was expecting a more exciting read. The pace was slow, I was often lost and not sure which way the author was going. I lost interest early but tried to keep listening hoping for better.


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

    I was very disappointed that I used a credit for this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Myriam Davie, FL, USA 05-02-14
    Myriam Davie, FL, USA 05-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "What a soap opera!"
    Any additional comments?

    I just kept saying to myself ... really? no way that is happening...... Just a bunch of airhead women in this book with very little backbone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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