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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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    Princess Ewing, NJ 08-20-13
    Princess Ewing, NJ 08-20-13 Member Since 2013

    Shoe Diva

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    "Great Book!!"
    If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

    At first, it was difficult following the author as she introduced the characters. However, after I got the flow of the story line, it was diffficult to stop. I'm glad the book ended the way it did. It made you think what would you do in those circumstances? I was surprised that she revealed the murderer, and who he was so soon.

    If you can get through the first 10 chapters without glazing over, you'll find the book very enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed Tess and her journey of conflicting emotions of loving and hating all at the same time. Emotions that we all have or will experience, and how we manage those feelings.


    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Tifani Anson, TX, United States 03-15-14
    Tifani Anson, TX, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Could not "put it down""
    If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

    I was drawn into the story and really enjoyed the story line and narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt wrapped into the story and eager to find out the secret


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa United States 02-28-14
    Teresa United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring Drivel"
    What disappointed you about The Husband's Secret?

    The story was banal, the characters were shallow and unengaging. I couldn't last as far as The Opening of the Letter, but it was pretty obvious what it was going to be about.


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

    The women twittered on and on about nothing....just open the letter already!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    While Celia was considering whether or not her husband was having an affair or putting the moves on his own daughter, the tone of voice was the same as a TV Mum deciding which washing powder or toothpaste to buy. It was rather disconcerting and very annoying.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed as some of the reviews were good...I wanted to like it but I just couldn't finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    A complete waste of a credit!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Suze R Norwalk, CT 02-01-14
    Suze R Norwalk, CT 02-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great on so many levels"
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    The revealing of the husband's secret....but I'm not telling!


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

    Cecilia


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

    Absolutely. I only listen in the car, and always wanted to drive somewhere.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina-Audible USA 12-26-13
    Regina-Audible USA 12-26-13 Member Since 2008

    Newbie Audible Editor, fiction lover, and (slightly) obsessed Boston Terrier owner.

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    "Twists, Turns, and Lies"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ilinca Romania 12-10-13
    Ilinca Romania 12-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "simple, not in a very good way"

    Jodi Picoult fans will love it. I'm not a Jodi Picoult fan, so I didn't love it, or even like it, really. But I did finish it, and admit it may possibly be a bit better than Picoult's tearjerkers. It does have a few insights - not on a grand scale, not when it comes to the thick threads of the novel - which are woven in with a very heavy hand, maddeningly predictable coincidences and plot lines and all - but small ones, on a small scale. Other than that, everyone is doing well at home, in school, in bed, at their jobs - except for their own private hybris which must be expunged, on a smaller or larger scale. Who knew it was so simple.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Salt Lake City, UT, United States 11-30-13
    Amber Salt Lake City, UT, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2013

    I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.

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    "A dramatic and easy listen."

    This book teeters on the edge of being chick-lit. The plot and character development were more complex than what you might expect to find in typical "chick-lit", but the story is mainly centered around and about women and they choices they make and the consequences that they have to deal with. To be honest, it does get a bit dramatic, in an engrossing and want-to-keep-listening kind of way. I also think that the book is going to appeal to mainly women which in a sense does make the book "chick-lit".

    I finished this book a few days ago, but I keep thinking about the story. While I wanted to give the book 4 stars, it's lingering effect on me is prompting me to give it 5. This book deals with 3 Australian women. It was a bit confusing in the beginning to keep them all straight, but once I got ahold of the reins of Tess, Rachel and Cecelia… I was hooked. I felt sympathetic to these 3 characters. Bad things had happened to them, things that were out of their control and they had to figure out how to handle their situations. As the story progresses, their lives become entangled with each other. While some of the book was predictable, other parts surprised me and caught me off guard. I felt like it was easy to relate to many of the characters even if I could not relate to the predicaments that they were in. Moriarty builds interesting relationships with the characters. I especially liked Tess's and Felicity's so-called friendship and Cecilia's and John Paul's marital interactions. Caroline Lee was a perfect narrator for this book and I loved how she played Ester's lisp and her Australian accent is very nice to listen to. The epilogue was genius on Moriarty's part. I really appreciated how she "finished" the book and I think I may have listened to it twice. On a side note, I don't care for the cover art. I think it is too girly and tacky. With all of that said, I enjoyed this book enough to go right out and buy another of her books, "What Alice Forgot."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 09-26-13
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Oooh - it's a good one"

    This book didn't start out quite like I expected, but it's a great listen. The author weaves the story of 3 women seamlessly, and unlike other novels, each kept me interested. I really liked the "what ifs" at the end of the book. Some parts are funny, and others sad, but a good use of a credit. And Audible, I will request this again - could you send me notifications when this author writes another book (reminding me of this one since I read a lot) - I would read more from this author.

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    Michelle Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-05-13
    Michelle Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-05-13
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    "What a great book!"
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I prefer nonfiction books, but this was a very nice escape!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot is woven perfectly and I adored all of the characters immediately.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cleveland WILTON, CT, United States 09-27-13
    Cleveland WILTON, CT, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Reads like 13 hours of moral lecturing from a nun"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is in Philosophy 101.


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

    Great stories have morals imbedded in them. That said, this read like a children's fable in the approach of the obvious moral questions being supplied more like a lecture. It read like a religious philosophy professor drilling a point.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A caring warm voice that makes do with another person's soapbox.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Husband's Secret?

    I would rearrange the scenes so that the moral dilemma was presented more subtly and not in a crescendo writing style,where everything comes together all at once. I would arrange it to feel more like real life, more believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I respect the writer's work, achievement, and point of view, and hope that my criticism is found to be constructive towards any future projects.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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