"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 didn't read the print version but the narration was fantastic!
Probably Cecelia. I also really liked Tess, I thought she was funny.
EVERYTHING! She was perfect!
All of it
When Cecilia begins to mentally process the secret she has learned and tries to imagine how her life will be now that everything has changed.
I liked her portrayal of Cecelia's character through the voice, phrasing, and intonation.
Too long for that, but generally I did not like to have to stop. The plot was so enticing.
Narrator should have distinguished the voices of different characters better.
I probably would not have finished this book if it hadn't been for the lovely narration. There was so much room for something good to happen and it just never did. Everything turns out as I expected, the plot a bit predictable. It is one of those books where you get to know several characters' stories and gradually see how they will collide. Then they do and it's a mess, and then it is resolved. I usually like this structure, but their weren't any characters that I could agree with. The epilogue tells what could have been had the catalytic event not occurred. The message ends up being that really no matter how good a person you are your life can get totally messed up leading you to mess up others' lives and there is no way to avoid this and then you'll get punished for it on top of everything else. I think there are a lot of readers out there who would enjoy this book, especially with the great narration and fateful plot, I'm just not one of them.
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
Some readers have described this book as light Australian chick lit perfect for the beach. I read my fair share of chick lit beach reads but I would NOT place Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret in that category. This book is much more substantial than that description. Instead, expect to be challenged by this read. The first challenge is to keep straight the many (seemingly) unrelated characters that you will be introduced to in the first few chapters. The next challenge will unfold as the book progresses. The author let's you in to the thoughts and feelings of these characters as each faces and tackles some pretty daunting life obstacles. Your challenge is to refrain (if you can) on passing judgment too soon. Would you feel the same way given the same obstacle? Would you take the same action? This book is definitely a great beach read but don't expect to just sit on the sidelines, sipping a fruity drink. You will be mentally engaged in the story whether you like it or not. Expect this one to be made into a movie!
One of the enjoyable aspects of this book was the interconnection of the various characters that were gradually introduced to us. Though at first glance they were not obviously connected, the binding threads began to appear relatively quickly and worked well to hold the story together.I also found all of the characters to be well developed. I could identify personalities that everyone has probably known among their own friends and relatives, which made the story believable.I felt the author did a great job of conveying the feelings of love that parents have for children and how this affects their lives.
The Time Traveler's Wife. Two things make me think of this book, though the stories are very different. First of all, both do a great job of portraying love and how it drives and directs lives. And secondly, both bring in the element of time and how it affects life. In the Husband's Secret one has to ask again and again, what might have been if ...
I also really enjoyed the epilogue which added another dimension to the story.
no real insight into her characters
her tone was too harsh. made listening difficult
the final tying up of details
The what could have happen at the end of the book
This was my first read by this author but not my last. I did enjoy this book and the details of some of the Australian culture ie Hot Cross Buns. I did feel the 1st half of this book did drag a bit but it did keep my overall interest. This is not a book that will keep you up all night reading but you will look forward to the next chapter before bedtime.
Unafraid to read from any genre.
A very interesting and satisfying story of interwoven moral dilemmas. I thought that the narrator, Caroline Lee, did a perfect job. I admired so many of the small vocal moments in the way she chose to utter the lines.
I finished this audiobook in record time - in about three days! It was that good!
I bought this book with the idea that this was another book exploring the challenges of infidelity in marriages but it was so much more than that. The characters in Liane Moriarty's novel faced infidelity, tragedies, and the day to day hustle and bustle we call life. While she details the present day occurrences that her characters deal with, she also employs flashback in between, to describe the actual events of the ill-fated day. My mouth was left on the floor by the time I finished listening!
I'm not sure why there are people who dislike this book so much because it had me from the first word! It was very fast paced and energetic. I definitely say to give it a try!
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