"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)
At first I didn't think I'd connect with this book. But I would say after the first 5 chapters, I was hooked! I enjoyed getting to know all the characters, the families, and as the story unfolded, how they all connected in some way or another, to come to form the plot of this well told story. I so enjoyed it, and the many unforeseen twists that kept unraveling. I recommend this book, and I'll probably listen to it again at some point.
Thought provoking! I kept asking myself what would I do in these circumstances. I loved the writing style with the characters stream of consciousness, leaping from thought to thought just like I do.
This was my first time listening to Caroline Lee and I felt she added so much to the story. Her Australian accent added a needed element that definitely would have been missing if I had read the book myself. She had great emotion without being overly dramatic. I hope to find more books read by her.
I didn't love the title, I don't think it does justice to the depth of the story. Maybe: The Fallacy of Organized Lives. I don't know, that's why I am a reader not a writer.
I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
4.5 Stars. I wasn't quite sure what to think when I began this book -- it was three disparate stories that I knew were going to connect but couldn't figure out how and, I wasn't sure I wanted to know as the characters seemed so ordinary and even somewhat superficial. And then, in a split-second, the book took off and I was hooked!
While some may look at this as a piece of women's fiction, I believe it runs deeper than that. To me, it is a treatise on guilt: how people live with this very strong emotion and how their feelings about guilt affect those around them. It begins with the perfectly ordered life of Cecilia and John-Paul and their perfect little family of three beautiful girls; it continues with Tess whose husband Will is leaving her for her close-as-a-sister cousin Felicity, causing Tess to engage in a wild affair of her own; it ends with Rachel whose daughter Janey was found murdered decades before yet she can't get over the pain, especially when she uncovers evidence that -- to her -- shows incontrovertible proof that someone she always suspected must be guilty of the crime.
The author moves between the three stories with ease until they all coalesce. And, despite the plethora of characters, they are all treated with care and seriousness.
This was a good read -- engaging, involving, dramatic and entertaining. I very much enjoyed Caroline Lee's narration. She hit all the right notes with her reading and captured the emotion of the characters extremely well.
One of my favorites. This book was a recommendation from a friend and I was looking for an entertaining read after a difficult book. Perfect! But, by no means is this book lighthearted. Excellent plot, serious issues, an understanding of human nature, while still being very entertaining.
The revealing of the husband's secret....but I'm not telling!
Absolutely. I only listen in the car, and always wanted to drive somewhere.
One of the best, the story really pulled me in and got my attention.
It was full of surprises, gave an honest and interesting perspective on love, the secrets people keep, and the mistakes they make in life. Although some parts were disturbing, I felt like it was a brutally honest portrial of things that could actually happen. It was very sad at times but somehow heartwarming at the same time because it reveals the power of love and the extents some people will go to protect the people they love, especially their children. I also really loved the narration.
I would listen to anything Caroline Lee read, as long as it wasn't another chick lit book.
The most disappointing thing about this story was how utterly boring it was. I should have known better. I've never thought that I would be a chick lit book reader, but I decided to give this one a shot. Barely anything happens. No action can be fine, but then give us some insightful thoughts or realizations. Some growth. The women did mostly talk to themselves in their head, but it was mundane and superficial...and boring. The story had one appealing mystery, which was fairly obvious from the beginning and once that was out of the bag, it was just boredom until the end.
The riveting stories and intertwined characters kept me riveted to my IPod.
The improbable became possible and no one escapes the hand of fate.
Everyone has secrets
The writing is excellent.
Audible editor and listener. Lover of fiction, thrillers, celebrity memoirs, and quirky teen novels.
The Husband's Secret offers a carefully woven tale of three Australian women whose lives intersect and unfold in truly dramatic fashion. The characters are developed at length and the build-up is a bit slow, but Moriarty paints each role with unique charm and wit. Admittedly, it isn't hard to figure out the contents of the letter long before Cecilia opens it, but the ending is full of twists and turns that surely nobody can predict.
I might. I liked the characters and the storyline.
Based on the reviews I was expecting this book to have a great twisted plot. It doesn't, it's pretty predictable and straightforward. The "twist" is only at the very end of the book, and while it is good, it doesn't do much for the book itself, I was already done reading it at this point.
Yes, it would make a decent movie.
in the top 10 for sure.
when the lives of all the characters come together in a series of unfortunate events but makes you understand what you may do differently in in someone else's shoes.
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