"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)
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
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.
I prefer nonfiction books, but this was a very nice escape!
The plot is woven perfectly and I adored all of the characters immediately.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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