"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 prefer nonfiction books, but this was a very nice escape!
The plot is woven perfectly and I adored all of the characters immediately.
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.
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.
Australian accent grew on me quickly, but narrating Esther's voice with a lisp was terribly annoying. Luckily, she is only super talkative in a few scenes.
I tried several times to get through this book, but the excruciatingly loud, high pitched, screeching, nails-on-a-chalkboard narration was more than my ears could handle. There was no differentiating between characters as the men, women, and children all sounded alike. Not to mention, some of the characters are Australian, however they all have British accents, so that was also annoying. The storyline itself is sooo slow, boring and choppy as the narrator jumps from one character/scenario to another without any kind of flow.
This was my 3rd attempt and I got through to chapter 6 this time, however I just can not go any further. .
Definitely wasted my credit on this awful audio.
The author taps into the emotional motivation of each character with such authenticity.
The grief and rage of Rachael, the hurt and betrayal of Tess and Cecilia's traumatic response were all spot on.
The motivation for "the husband's secret" was the only part of the story that required more than the usual willing suspension of disbelief.
The narrator was amazing. Each characters voice was distinct.
Caroline Lee's narration is flawless. As a voiceover artist myself, I love to hear subtle characterization and an artist's interpretation on an author's story. Caroline Lee did a brilliant job, as always.
Liane Moriarty's story kept me listening through two car trips and the epilogue was a welcome gift, tying the title and story lines together, beautifully.
I thoroughly enjoyed this piece...performance and story. I highly recommend this to other listeners, if you are looking for a good book. (Even if you don't have time to sit & listen in one sitting)
Well worth one credit
I don't understand the Tess story of this book. It's like it was included to fill space and add a sexual story line. She didn't know the victim, she doesn't know Cecilia, she doesn't know Rachel. I was hoping Will would tie in somehow or Felicity, but they don't. It's just there and makes no sense to the story, in my opinion.
Maybe as a beach read. It makes you think about the decisions you make and how things come together in life. It just looses steam at the end.
She is phenomenal. I actually chose this book because she read another one I just finished. I love her accents and her diction.
I've become a new fan of Liane, and have read several of her books over the last few months. This one was excellent... until the very end, which was almost too realistic... and in being realistic, was kind of sad. One of the draws to fiction is the happy ending, like the one you find in What Alice Forgot.
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