"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 just kept saying to myself ... really? no way that is happening...... Just a bunch of airhead women in this book with very little backbone.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am rarely surprised by a plot development but the author totally caught me off guard in this one. When I stared this book I wondered where it was going and ended up really enjoying the ride.
This was my first Liane Moriarty book and I'm so happy to have found her. Set in Australia, The Husband's Secret weaves together the lives of three women and their families. Celia is a tupperware "queen" with a seemingly perfect marriage and life. Tess is a driven career woman who learns that her husband is in love with her best friend. Rachel is struggling to come to terms with the death of her daughter. In a wonderful story full of wit and warmth the three women's lives come together, connected by a husband's terrible secret. I will be reading much more from Liane Moriarty.
I think it's a one-time listen. That is usually the way with fiction for me.
The story follows the lives of three women, and they eventually intersect in a somewhat predictable way, but also with completely unexpected moments. I liked the way their lives were intertwined throughout.
I didn't know what pavlova was before this book, but it talks about them eating it on Good Friday (in Australia), which happened recently in real life, and I encountered pavolova at an Easter buffet (in America), which was really exciting to me. Now I know what it is. I become enthralled by new food items. It has nothing to do with the quality of the book, I apologize.
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My mother warned me that I might get fed up with this book because she felt as if there was a cliff-hanger at the end of every chapter. I agree that would be irritating, but I did not get the same feeling.
I loved this story. To me, it was another great example of a book where you can just enjoy the ride and let the plot slowly unfold, let the various narratives run along, let all the stories eventually knit together into a drama and who cares how it ends because the ride was fun.
I never felt like I was left dangling, I was just intrigued throughout and driven to keep going because I liked the characters and wanted to read more about them.
If Liane Moriaty’s books are all this good, I’d like to read more!
I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!
I have already recommended this book to several friends. It's one of those books that seems like a quiet tale of ordinary life, but it isn't. It has wonderful characters. It's filled with reveals and surprises, and it forces you to look at the grey areas. Nothing is all good or all bad.
There are so many that this would be a hard question to answer. It would also give away something important within the story, something the listener should experience first hand.
She has a very pleasant voice and is easy to listen to. She moves easily through the range of emotions in the story making all of them believable. I have listened to her before and am always pleased when I find a story I'm interested in that she is reading.
Janie. She is someone filled with life and eager for new experiences. She is a bit arrogant and not mature enough for the situation in which she finds herself, but although she is young, she has quite an affect on people.
This is a book that makes you look at people you know and wonder what they might be hiding.
I enjoyed this story and how all the pieces fit together. It was a nice escape. Not an earth shatteringly good book, but enjoyable.
While I like the narrator, she reads a little too slowly for me and I have to increase the speed or it drives me crazy.
Yes, the characters came alive for me and I thoroughly enjoyed all the different Australian accents and characters.
My favorite character was Cecilia Fitzpatrick, because I could identify with her and her quest to be the perfect wife and mother.
The Australian accents brought the setting alive. This book could have been set in New York or Orange County, CA, but it was set in Sydney, for the most part, and I would not have enjoyed the local flavor nearly so much without the Aussie overtones.
Yes. I usually listen to audio books while I exercise or clean the house. I feel very fit and the floors are sparkling!
This book makes you realize that you never really know anything, and yet you make life altering decisions based on "facts" that may be erroneous. How many times have I made the same mistakes as most of the characters in this book?
Absolutely, and I have. I enjoyed the unraveling of the unknowingly intertwined characters. The twists and turns kept me captivated.
I think Rebecca. Without giving any spoilers, even though I've never experienced anything close to what she went through with Janie, I felt for her as if I had. Her unwillingness to give up on finding out the truth, the way she clung to her grandson and the resentfulness of her son's impending move were just a few things that really made her real for me.
She gave such life the characters. Sometimes a narrator can actually distract from the story (which is how I felt about The Dinner & The Fault in Our Stars) but Caroline's distinct voices blended in a believable way.
Not extreme. But I did find myself pondering how I would react in certain situations. How would I feel if any of the situations that happened in the book were to happen to me? Would I react the same way, or differently than the characters.
Liane Moriarty is quickly becoming a favorite. I'm now listening and enjoying "What Alice Forgot".
No way. Nope.
The soap opera like writing.
She was good, bad story.
I'm mad! Sunk cost... Listened to the whole rediculous thing hoping it would get better and it got worse.
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