"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 review books, mostly audiobooks, mostly mystery. That's about it!
The Husbands Secret is labelled a Contemporary Novel, yes it is but there's more to it than that or I wouldn't have given it a listen. I was attracted by that word, "Secret", yes, a bit of a mystery here and a bit of romance, but most impressive though is the authors percipient interpretation of the characters' actions. Yes, some of their deeds are a tad unbelievable, but it's a novel, fiction, meant to entertain us, this it does in spades. I am in awe of Liane Moriartys' ability to explain the thinking process of her characters, of how they rationalise their somewhat unrational actions. What sort of crazy man would leave his wife a note like that? Well, have a listen and find out!
The "secret" of the title is revealed fairly early on in the story, this is what makes it a little different, makes it more interesting hooks you, then reels you in as you simply have to discover how on earth these situations were resolved. That's not all though, the final chapter is quite a surprise in itself, just when you think it's over the author serves up more surprises.
This book did exactly what a good book should, it engrossed me, entertained me and involved me.
This has been my first Caroline Lee listen, and very impressive she is too. She has all of those qualities we want and expect of narrators, the pleasant voice, good timing, nuance and rythym. The characters were distinct, you know exactly which one you are listening to and I thought she captured their personalities perfectly. Her male voices were just right with none of that over the top gruffness. The sound quality and editing were excellent.
This audiobook was won from Tekreads monthly draw. The review is not a requirement for entry, but is my honest opinion
I read Big Little Lies first for a book club. I loved it. It was weirdly the most fun I ever had reading a story that is essentially about domestic abuse and school bullying and murder. A friend read this one immediately after and liked it but not as well so I decided to let a little time go by so that my feelings about that book didn't color this one. And I am so glad. While definitely not as "fun", Moriarty's style of writing is captivating. And surprisingly, I identified with the character Tess on many levels. I felt Moriarty draws her characters realistically. They may seem silly and superficial, but we in real life are often silly and superficial. And she nails the emotions tied to whatever scene shw creates. I was not sure how she was going to end this, I had felt she had pinned herself into a corner. But she gave me an epilogue that I felt satisfying. As this book was written before BLL, I am to see that her writing is only getting better. Can't wait for the next one.
On a separate note of the narrator, Caroline Lee IS Madeline from BLL (to me). Her voice definitely contributed to my thorough enjoyment of that story. So I was happy to hear her voice again. Her voices give all the emotion you want from a particular scene. And in the witty, snarky, jokey parts, I can't help to laugh along. It feels like I'm having tea with a friend who is regaling me some amazing story she heard.
Great interrelated plots. A little difficult to remember who's who at first, but gets easier. Excellent presentation. Easy to listen to.
I loved the intermingling of all the different families and lives.
Perhaps similar to Kate Atkinson's book "Life After Life".
Great voice, easy to listen to. Ms. Lee was able to create distinct characters and overall was a joy to listen to.
Tess, I think she and I would get along well.
Trite ....not worth my time. Will delete it from my library. Now I MUST WRITE 20 WORDS!!! ABOUT THIS TRASH
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