"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)
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.
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.
This writer has hit her stride. This book is just perfectly written, revealing itself with intensity and with each of many characters being so well developed. I am enchanted with the ending -- and I always hate endings. There is just nothing to complain about here and I am certain there are many fellow lovers of Moriarty. She has achieved what I didn't dare hope she would when I finished two of her earlier books, which left me disappointed and even put off a bit, because I was worried she was just too pat. She is NOT. She has captured slices of life with such realism that I find her impossible to ignore I'm off to read another.
I had trouble tearing myself away from this book to do anything else. It held my interest so completely and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. I loved each the characters and the way the author made them so “everyday normal,” with their good and bad sides. The little bit of sarcasm throughout lightened somewhat the heavy nature of some events. I really enjoyed the Australian accent of the narrator.
No, definitely not!
Her voice is sharp and grating, her accent at times makes it difficult to understand what she is saying. Perhaps the book would have been OK without this reader's voice. Perhaps the reader would have been OK with a different book.
I am going to request a refund of my credit. Sorry, won't purchase this author again. Once spoiled ...........
I have been a Liane Moriarty fan for a while now, but Husband's Secret is a gem of a book, and Caroline Lee should read every book Moriarty writes. That combination is a keeper.
I give this book a solid B. It's a page turner for sure.
Some of the book is predictable, and that's OK, because some of it is not!
The narrator does a great job. I usually like male narrators, and Caroline Lee did a great job.
I listen while driving to and from work, and this book made my drive something to look forward to.
Many reviews call this a chick lit. Well maybe I'm in touch with my feminine side, because I liked this book very much!
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