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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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    William 05-06-15
    William 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I love this author"

    I liked Big Little Lies a little bit more. But the style story she writes is a fun listen. Must!




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    kisbell123 02-06-15
    kisbell123 02-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A lot of rambling, but still good"

    I found this book to be not as good as "Big Little Lies." There was a lot of rambling on, for example, " should I tie my shoes or shouldn't i? What if I don't tie them? Bla, bla, bla. In all I thought the story itself was good, but a little drawn out.

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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-16-15
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-16-15 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Don't Judge by the Cover. . . It's Not Chick Lit!"

    Some have said this is chick lit and not worth the listen. I disagree. This story has threads that run very, very deep and it is really quite good in every manner. The narration is pure Australian and spot on for every character. Loved Caroline Lee!

    The novel is situated in contemporary Australia. The crux of the story is about a decades-old unsolved murder; the lifelong relationship of female cousins; a shocking marital separation; a "found" lost love; lots (and lots) of tension between parents and children, in-laws and such; and most of all, a husband's awful secret. But really, everyone in the story has secrets. Everyone has secret thoughts and feelings that they don't state or reveal. Thus, they live behind walls, lots, and lots of walls that they have erected to protect themselves from emotional hurt. The symbolism of the use of the Berlin Wall (an historical interest of one of the characters) is so perfect for this story. "Who would want to live on the other side of a wall?" one young girl asks. Who? Lots of the adults who aren't brave enough to risk love, rejection, and truth; all of whose life stories are central to this novel.

    A very good story about intertwined relationships and the power that compassion and love have to create pain and sorrow as well as healing and joy.

    Much recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 10-01-14
    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 10-01-14 Member Since 2015

    Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.

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    "Much More than Chick Lit for the Beach"

    Some readers have described this book as light Australian chick lit perfect for the beach. I read my fair share of chick lit beach reads but I would NOT place Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret in that category. This book is much more substantial than that description. Instead, expect to be challenged by this read. The first challenge is to keep straight the many (seemingly) unrelated characters that you will be introduced to in the first few chapters. The next challenge will unfold as the book progresses. The author let's you in to the thoughts and feelings of these characters as each faces and tackles some pretty daunting life obstacles. Your challenge is to refrain (if you can) on passing judgment too soon. Would you feel the same way given the same obstacle? Would you take the same action? This book is definitely a great beach read but don't expect to just sit on the sidelines, sipping a fruity drink. You will be mentally engaged in the story whether you like it or not. Expect this one to be made into a movie!

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    Teresa United States 02-28-14
    Teresa United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2014
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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!!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 09-28-13
    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely Loved It"

    Usually I've figured out exactly the way a story will play out by the first third of a book - not this time. I very much enjoyed the perfectly thought out interwoven plot and sub-plots. I enjoyed every character and could easily feel camaraderie with each one. The narration is perfect and adds to the pleasure of experiencing this book. I highly recommend for a light and fun read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pnette 09-08-13
    pnette 09-08-13
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    "Excellent book and way of looking at life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will recommend this book to my friends as I really enjoyed the story.


    What did you like best about this 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.


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

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this book so much I have listened to it three times already and plan on listening to it again and again.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cleveland 09-27-13
    Cleveland 09-27-13
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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.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Alysia 02-16-14
    Alysia 02-16-14
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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


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth J. Tarry-crowe Ann Arbor MI 09-02-13
    Elizabeth J. Tarry-crowe Ann Arbor MI 09-02-13

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    "Another Amazing Book by my new Favorite Author"
    If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

    compelling
    realistic
    un-put-downable


    What other book might you compare The Husband's Secret to and why?

    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.


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

    No, but I am sure I will.


    If you could take any character from The Husband's Secret out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tess....mainly because she emerged as my favorite of all of them (and to get Connor's phone number)


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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