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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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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 09-08-13
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.

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    "Worth a Credit, For Sure."

    If you like an interesting drama about families mixed with a little intrigue and mystery, this book works well. Set in Australia and beautifully performed, the book kept my interest throughout. I would have rated the story higher than three stars except there were times when I found the writing a bit slow with the literature style not of stellar quality, more like a teen novel but quite well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L. Knoll Vero Beach, FL 07-05-14
    L. Knoll Vero Beach, FL 07-05-14

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    "Soapy and obvious"
    Would you try another book from Liane Moriarty and/or Caroline Lee?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Liane Moriarty’s story?

    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.


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

    No


    What character would you cut from The Husband's Secret?

    It's not that I would cut any but I wish they were better developed.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ilinca Romania 12-10-13
    Ilinca Romania 12-10-13 Member Since 2013
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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.

    2 of 2 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 2012
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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mel USA 01-06-14
    Mel USA 01-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "My Dirty Little Secret - Auld Lang Syne, 2013"

    I finished this book back in August (2013), just weeks after it was published. I wrote no review because there were already 4 and they all raved about this book. It had seemed harmless enough to me: a lazily written, not particularly creative read, similar to a preposterous soap opera, that whined out of my ipod and through my ears without imparting any real insight or pleasure I'd care to pass along. If 4 readers luved this, then there were 4 happy people in the world that might inspire even more happiness. : )

    My magnanimity took a dive when I side-eyed this title on some obscure Best Reads list. As it marched its way onto more and more of these ubiquitous lists, I began to feel increasingly uncharitable to this book, responsible for those 4 happy readers back in August, ONLY because there were some really good books not getting a spot on those lists, and because -- I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry -- but I thought this was overall processed doo doo you unfortunately read once in a while, but devoting all of your reading time to similar books could lead to atrophying of the brain. Harsh 'who-do-you-who-do-you-who-do-you-think you are' opinions like that aren't well received, and you might understand why I didn't share an opinion I wasn't proud of.

    Ushering in 2014 means bidding adieu to 2013; so I'll think of the Robert Burns poem Auld Lang Syne while I peruse the Best Reads from 2013 lists...but there'll be no *cup o'kindness yet* for the inclusion of The Husband Secret.

    91 of 121 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Implausible premise"

    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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 09-05-13
    Michelle 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.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    JustMe Killen, AL, United States 08-23-13
    JustMe Killen, AL, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow! Great story & great characters!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Princess 08-20-13
    Princess 08-20-13

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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.


    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    I.Heart.Sephora Pueblo, Colorado 06-15-15
    I.Heart.Sephora Pueblo, Colorado 06-15-15
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    "So many unnecessary, annoying descriptions."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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