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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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    Michelle 09-05-13
    Michelle 09-05-13
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    "What a great book!"
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I prefer nonfiction books, but this was a very nice escape!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot is woven perfectly and I adored all of the characters immediately.


    5 of 7 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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Regina-Audible USA 12-26-13
    Regina-Audible USA 12-26-13 Member Since 2010

    Audible editor and data evangelist. Lover of fiction, classics, thrillers, celebrity memoirs, and quirky teen novels.

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    "Twists, Turns, and Lies"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 04-09-14
    Simone 04-09-14 Member Since 2014

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "What goes around comes around!"

    My mother warned me that I might get fed up with this book because she felt as if there was a cliff-hanger at the end of every chapter. I agree that would be irritating, but I did not get the same feeling.

    I loved this story. To me, it was another great example of a book where you can just enjoy the ride and let the plot slowly unfold, let the various narratives run along, let all the stories eventually knit together into a drama and who cares how it ends because the ride was fun.

    I never felt like I was left dangling, I was just intrigued throughout and driven to keep going because I liked the characters and wanted to read more about them.

    If Liane Moriaty’s books are all this good, I’d like to read more!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 10-29-13
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Sorry to leave the characters behind"

    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.

    3 of 5 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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Craig B. Kurtz Cornelius, or United States 09-28-13
    Craig B. Kurtz Cornelius, or United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "So Boring that you will need Prozac"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Eliminate the first half of the book.


    What could Liane Moriarty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Eliminate the first half of the book.


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

    John Paul


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anxiety


    Any additional comments?

    It took nearly half the book to start to become interesting. Then there was some interesting and some monotonous reading.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer woodbridge, VA, United States 03-30-15
    Jennifer woodbridge, VA, United States 03-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "My Favorite Liane Moriaty Yet"

    I literally gasped at times during this book. Was stunned by the ending. Thought this was one of Liane's best books to date. Could not put this one down. Delicious

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan S. Montegary Kent, WA USA 03-30-15
    Joan S. Montegary Kent, WA USA 03-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great narrator; awesome story"

    This is the second novel I've listened to by this author. The narrator is outstanding! The story and characters are so well-written, I truly enjoyed every minute of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. J. Horton central Texas 03-29-15
    C. J. Horton central Texas 03-29-15 Member Since 2014

    all booked up

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    "You're as Sick as your Secrets"

    This is a good story. It makes you think about the meaning of justice, and whether or not one needs to be locked up for the victim to get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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