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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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    Tracey Rochester, NY, United States 11-24-13
    Tracey Rochester, NY, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Opening Pandora's Box"

    I really enjoyed this book and listened to it on Audible. The premise of the book is what made me buy it--the rest of the book kept me enthralled. I love how the author slowly weaved all the families together. Once the secret in the letter was read every chapter was amazing. I could not believe the twists and turns this book took. Because I was listening at work, I would find myself not typing, just staring into space listening. Some parts were just shocking.

    There are certain parts of the book that were done so well, I will always remember them. Sin smelling like Sesame Oil--every time I smell sesame oil, I will think of this book. The Compass for when you are lost.... very touching.

    The best part of the book was the epilogue. I love how she tied up any loose ends and had the reading realizing that the choices we make change the ultimate paths we take in life--which we all know. But when she says if this hadn't happened so and so would have done this for a living...or if the coroner hadn't been sick, this would have been discovered. It was such a wonderful way to end a book. I highly recommend this book. It was a great listen on Audible too.

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    Susan oakland, ca, United States 11-23-13
    Susan oakland, ca, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Amazing thoughtful story"

    This was a fabulous listen and I am even considering getting the book to re-read. I would have been highlighting lines left and right.

    The only thing I didn't like was some of the production. Caroline Lee was her usual wonderful self, but there were these long pauses between chapters and sections that were very annoying. Even still I might even listen to this again - marvelous!

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    Charles Hudson, WI, United States 11-23-13
    Charles Hudson, WI, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Fabulous Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You will love this book. It's a story you can really relate to. It's about relationships and truth and the choices we make. I was sad when it was over. Never drags or is dull.


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

    When the secret is revealed. It changes everything but in a "it could be real" way.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Husband's Secret and why?

    The characters are all interesting. Like the people we all know.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book while browsing. I wasn't sure I would like it. Turned out to be one of my favorites. The narrator is wonderful. She makes you see it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Schmidt Fort Worth, TX 11-21-13
    Kelly Schmidt Fort Worth, TX 11-21-13 Member Since 2010

    Kelly Schmidt

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    "Great story"
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one is pretty high on my list


    What did you like best about this story?

    I would have never guessed who killed Janie


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    She is a wonderful narrator.


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

    Yes, I wanted to find out how it ended right away


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 11-15-13
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 11-15-13 Member Since 2009

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Wow… and I thought my life was complicated!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. The way the characters are intertwined is quite interesting. I found that Ms. Moriarty helped me get into the various characters' heads, and I was feeling what they were feeling. Sometimes, I could feel Rachel's pain. I could feel Tess's anger at her husband's infidelity and at times, I was in pain like Cecilia.
    The character development made this book.


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

    I actually loved the epilogue, in which the author gave the reader a look into what could have been the future of the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I hate trying to pick favourite scenes. There were a lot of painful situations in this book and at times, it was hard to muddle through the conundrums facing the heroines of the book.


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

    I think taking little breaks actually helped me listen to this book, as there were upsetting things to deal with as I read. I actually found myself thinking about it in between listens.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an interesting book and certainly worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nessa near Atlanta, GA, USA 11-14-13
    Nessa near Atlanta, GA, USA 11-14-13 Member Since 2004

    Nessa

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    "Drama, romance, a little mystery light reading"
    What did you like best about The Husband's Secret? What did you like least?

    The best was the unfolding of the characters. I found myself wondering if the author was manipulating the reader to sympathize with a murderer, think about the nature of adultery and friendships, and examine motives of a grieving mother and widow. I also enjoyed the Australian culture references a lot.

    The worst part was just hoping that there would be more of a real mystery instead of just waiting to see how it would end up. I felt that the author had a curious perspective, and could have given us more of a mystery and less of a morality lesson.


    What could Liane Moriarty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The Pandora intro was incongruous with the rest of the book, and the ending where the author speaks to you about what the characters didn't know and never would know, was similarly out of step with the rest of the book.


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

    Her performance was good and her voice is easy to listen to. I love her accent and the way she read each character was very distinct and well done.


    Was The Husband's Secret worth the listening time?

    I think it could have been edited a bit better, but overall, it filled the time.


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    Kimm Markleville, IN 11-14-13
    Kimm Markleville, IN 11-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "OMGosh, this was good."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

    This book made me laugh, during my drives home from work, on more than one occasion


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    I love her accent and her reading makes listening enjoyable. I also listened to Tuscan Rose narrated by her.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Husband's Secret and why?

    Cecilia - the way she described what was going through her mind on a daily basis made me feel normal.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MissJD California 11-14-13
    MissJD California 11-14-13

    Mother of a son. Have the best boyfriend in the world. Love books. J.D Robb is my fav right now. Love Debbie Mcomber, Brenda Novak, and more

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Husband's Secret to be better than the print version?

    Never read the book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story has just the right amount of supensise! I love this book and the women reading the book makes it all that much better. I can't wait to finish this book. Such a good book and awesome listen.


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

    I loved them all!


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

    How well do you really know anyone in your life?


    Any additional comments?

    Must read this is the best book I have hear in some time.

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    Lynnette Columbus, OH, United States 11-13-13
    Lynnette Columbus, OH, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book!"
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's the fifth book ever listened to so hard to rank it.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Enjoyed how she read the book and how the character's were portrayed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ending made me ponder how choice can and do effect our lives.


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    JAB OC, California 11-12-13
    JAB OC, California 11-12-13 Member Since 2011

    jab

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    "The title should be Lies"

    A book that lingers long after you finish it, deserves 5 stars. It is a book about a secret but it actually started with a first lie. Lies have consequences and they can lead to unforeseen consequences. People compared it to Gone Girl but that book was about sheer evil, this book is about human frailties. This book is not about black or white but many shades in between. Secrets are still present at the end of the book. Time for a sequel to see what becomes of them.A very moving read.

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