"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)
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.
I prefer nonfiction books, but this was a very nice escape!
The plot is woven perfectly and I adored all of the characters immediately.
Someone who is in Philosophy 101.
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.
A caring warm voice that makes do with another person's soapbox.
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.
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.
I will recommend this book to my friends as I really enjoyed the story.
The way Liane Moriarty took her characters through interesting twists and turns. Then she brings it all together and makes you look at life through different eyes.
I enjoyed the husband who wrote the secret letter. You felt for him and what he went through and how you ended up feeling about him in the end.
This book did make me laugh and cry. The characters feel like real people you know and you feel like you are there with them.
I like this book so much I have listened to it three times already and plan on listening to it again and again.
Audible editor and data evangelist. Lover of fiction, classics, thrillers, celebrity memoirs, and quirky teen novels.
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.
I had never read anything by this author and have to say I really enjoyed her writing. She talks about the pain and suffering of daily life -- and how the smallest twists and turns can derail someone's path -- but with a lot of wit. I found myself laughing out loud many times, but also identifying with many of the characters' anguish.
The story has a few implausible coincidences and I guessed the "husband's secret" almost immediately, but neither thing affected my enjoyment. Like I said in the headline to this review, I was sorry to leave the characters behind when the book was over. I immediately downloaded another book by Moriarty ("The Hypnotist's Love Story") to see if it would be inhabited by similar people. So far, it's not as good as The Husband's Secret, but still a fun read.
I would compare it to the first book of hers I read: What Alice Forgot, because it has similar themes of marriage, trust and real-life situations.
But her style reminds me of Kingsolver in many ways, and Margaret Atwood.
No, but I am sure I will.
Tess....mainly because she emerged as my favorite of all of them (and to get Connor's phone number)
Highly recommended listen. I have read What Alice Forgot but plan to purchase it in audible now to listen to it read to me in the proper accent.
Eliminate the first half of the book.
Eliminate the first half of the book.
It took nearly half the book to start to become interesting. Then there was some interesting and some monotonous reading.
Commuting two hours daily means that A-plus audiobooks are a necessity!
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!!
While I dId finish this book, for me, it was a bit like mindless reading. Which is not to say that it was bad. It took my mind off of other thoughts at times; thereby keeping my attention. Sort of like going to see a movie that I know isn't full of stellar performances, but I enjoyed nonetheless.
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