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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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    S. Clearwater, FL, United States 10-11-13
    S. Clearwater, FL, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Worth the read -"

    I think Caroline Lee is a fantastic performer - she is a significant contribution to every book I've heard her perform.

    As to this book - I love the complex story and overlapping lives of the well-developed characters. And then the 'secret' was disclosed & I almost stopped listening but I encourage you to keep going - the end weaves it together in a way that makes it very satisfying.

    Well work the read.

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    Bobbie Rathdrum, ID, USA 10-09-13
    Bobbie Rathdrum, ID, USA 10-09-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A really great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the plot and the everyday people. This book should be made into a movie!


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

    I don't want to give away any part of the book.


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

    First time and she was wonderful.


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

    Yes


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    Jeanne Wolf Hollywood 10-08-13
    Jeanne Wolf Hollywood 10-08-13
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    "different and devine but warning, disturbing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Husband's Secret the most enjoyable?

    this is a unique story - it ends up all tying together for justice or revenge or karma however you look at it...you should find out for yourself


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    Brandi Pleasanton, CA, US 10-07-13
    Brandi Pleasanton, CA, US 10-07-13
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    "Overwhelming and full of tragedy. It was awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to The Husband's Secret the most enjoyable?

    The constant barrage if issues, realistic relationship issues


    What did you like best about this story?

    Coming full circle


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

    Na


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

    Confessional


    Any additional comments?

    I. Normally listen to light hearted stories of young women coming into their own. As a arrived woman of 15 years, this story hit home in a trials and tribulations sort of way, that has touched me. I'd forgotten how good books could truly sweep you in,

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    Sheila McGee-Smith Amherst, NH USA 10-04-13
    Sheila McGee-Smith Amherst, NH USA 10-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Intricately Weaves Multiple Plot Lines"

    I enjoy novels where the stories of multiple families are told and then as the novel progresses various points of intersection are revealed. Overall an enjoyable read.

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    Debbie Douglasville, GA, United States 10-03-13
    Debbie Douglasville, GA, United States 10-03-13
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    "Ponderously slow..."

    The story was extremely slow for the first 3/4 of the book, but it did start to pick up during the final 2 hours. It was not as enjoyable as I'd hoped.

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    Mary Waterloo, ON, Canada 10-02-13
    Mary Waterloo, ON, Canada 10-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent!"

    I got this book as it was suggested "If you liked Gone Girl..." I loved Gone Girl and I have to say, this was even better. I am a story driven reader and this was so well paced, with lots of twists and unexpected turns, so very entertaining. Also, the narrator, an Australian, was excellent, perfect for the book, which is set in Australia. Another one of those books which, when you listen when you drive, you don't want to get to your destination because you have to stop listening! A top 3 favourite for me for sure.

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    Beverly Low New York 10-01-13
    Beverly Low New York 10-01-13 Member Since 2012

    HI!!!!!! I love to read!!!

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    "stayed up all night"
    What made the experience of listening to The Husband's Secret the most enjoyable?

    I loved the way the Author went back and forth with the characters...leaving you hang for a chapter or two!


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

    I really don't have a comparison as this was my first experience with Moriarty, she is great!


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Oh first of all her Aussie accent! She also has a great way of changing her voice so that you know right away what character she is playing...great!


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

    There were so many moments that moved me and surprised me...If you think you know where she is going, get ready for a major plot twist. Of course the ending moved me the most, anyone who has a family and goes through ups and downs...they will adore this book!


    Any additional comments?

    I literally could not put this book down! I stayed up all night listening, waiting for the next twist, I read constantly...I have to say that this Author is now in my top 10!

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    Laurie Lafayette, CO, United States 10-01-13
    Laurie Lafayette, CO, United States 10-01-13
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    "Excellent!"
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of the list.


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

    Gone Girt - in a way - but Husband's Secret has more intrigue.


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

    No, this is my first listen. I loved her voice and accent.


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

    The epilouque is not to be missed.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't see the end coming.

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    B. North Minnesota 09-28-13
    B. North Minnesota 09-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "If Jodi Picoult and Gillian Flynn had a baby...."

    This book had the real, complex and tragic characters like a Picoult novel, and the shocking mind-bending ending of a Gillian Flynn thriller (although you have to wait till the end to realize it). I really enjoyed this read, especially the second half where it picks up steam. Don't miss the epilogue, with it's mind-bending revelations!. So many times, I thought I knew where it was going, and usually I was only half right.

    The epilogue also ties up loose ends and answers questions regarding the future, which is very satisfying and rare in this age of ambiguous open-ended conclusions.

    I will admit a couple times it dragged on so I'd skip the last 3 minutes of a chapter and pick up at the next starting point without missing a beat. I listen to relax and don't have that much patience for inner turmoil, which is the only thing that keeps this from being 5 stars for me, however I am impatient and that is as much a reflection on my listening style as on the book itself.

    This book is worth getting and especially worth listening until the end.

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