"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)
The central premise of this book, that a responsible woman would have stayed with this guy, is absurd. If you can get past that it passes the time. I finished this one.
I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.
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."
Wow! WOW! W. O. W! So many characters, so intricately woven together...so much I never saw coming! I just finished this book and am going to purchase others by this author! LOVED it!
I really liked this book. However, I will say that I did find myself skipping over some parts because it seemed as if it took forever for the end goals to be met.
Avid listener on my daily commute!
Absolutely I will!
Tess, so funny, so real. I havent ever been the Tess in a TWF triangle, but the writer made me imagine being her, and I felt that I would think and react just as she did.
Tess. Caroline Lee made all three women come vividly to life, however; I felt Cecilia's bottom-dropped-out shock and Rachel's raw grief equally keenly thanks to her amazing performance.
I laughed out loud many times despite the subject matter, and cried a few tears listening during my daily commute.
This was my first Liane Moriarty book--and I was instantly hooked. I bought and listened to all five of her other novels in rapid succession. As audiobooks i have still never found their equal. The world--and especially Audible-hooked commuters--needs more Liane Moriarty!!
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.
So many coincidences to move the plot forward - I found the writing pedestrian, the characters were more types than individuals, and some of the incidents just too predictable.
It's not that I would cut any but I wish they were better developed.
I am dumbfounded that so many people praise this book. Tupperware parties, Easter hat parades, midnight "chance" meetings at a gas station, it all just felt contrived. And the epilogue, in which a murderer was more or less excused, was the icing on the cake. I like subtlety in books I read, and this one didn't offer any.
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.
The women twittered on and on about nothing....just open the letter already!
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.
I was disappointed as some of the reviews were good...I wanted to like it but I just couldn't finish it.
A complete waste of a credit!!
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.
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.
Four hours too long due to flowery descriptions of everyday actions like parking a car. It is safe to assume one lifts a handbrake and unbuckles a seatbelt before exiting.
The Biggest Loser mentions was another waste of time the author uses to portray the exact same time span in several different households.
These overly wordy descriptions were repeated over and over to the point where I wanted to delete the book. This novel just needed a better final editor and it would have been five stars. This felt like one of those papers back in college when I hadn't met my word limit so I went back and added elaborate explanations. I might not have minded it so much if I were reading it, rather than listening. Even at 2x speed it felt dreadfully long. I couldn't wait until it was over.
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