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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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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2007
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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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen Killen, AL, United States 08-23-13
    Gwen Killen, AL, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2005
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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!


    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Princess Ewing, NJ 08-20-13
    Princess Ewing, NJ 08-20-13

    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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    Jasmine New Castle, DE, United States 08-29-14
    Jasmine New Castle, DE, United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the Secret You're Expecting"

    I finished this audiobook in record time - in about three days! It was that good!

    I bought this book with the idea that this was another book exploring the challenges of infidelity in marriages but it was so much more than that. The characters in Liane Moriarty's novel faced infidelity, tragedies, and the day to day hustle and bustle we call life. While she details the present day occurrences that her characters deal with, she also employs flashback in between, to describe the actual events of the ill-fated day. My mouth was left on the floor by the time I finished listening!

    I'm not sure why there are people who dislike this book so much because it had me from the first word! It was very fast paced and energetic. I definitely say to give it a try!

    1 of 1 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

    Computer tutor

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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.

    1 of 1 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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    Alysia Orange, CA, United States 02-16-14
    Alysia Orange, CA, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    What would have made The Husband's Secret better?

    I listened for hours hoping to get something unexpected out of the story. Sad, troubled characters but no complexity or anything that really makes us care about them. I could not finish the book, towards the end the book became too ridiculous to even bear.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not sure, content was hard to overlook.


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

    Frustration


    1 of 1 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

    Audible editor and data evangelist. Lover of fiction, classics, celebrity memoirs, and quirky teen novels.

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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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