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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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    Beth Merrick, NY, United States 02-11-14
    Beth Merrick, NY, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "So so good !!"

    Not at all what I expected , it was a shocker ...it started out a little bit slow but once all the characters fall into place this story takes a huge turn

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    Gabriela Irvine, CA, United States 02-11-14
    Gabriela Irvine, CA, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Captivating"

    This book is definitely more for a female audience, and perhaps that accounts for some of the poor reviews. I don't know that it deserves comparison to Gone Girl. It's no where near as dark or disturbing, but I found it just as captivating. The performance is spot on! Will be recommending this book to friends, and checking out Liane Moriarty's other work.

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    Phyllis Combs San Francisco, Ca. 02-08-14
    Phyllis Combs San Francisco, Ca. 02-08-14 Member Since 2013

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    If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, stunning, interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Connor. He got the raw end of the deal all the way around.


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

    NO, but I enjoyed this one.


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

    It didn't make me laugh or cry..... but I did not see the shocker coming and usually I can guess the underlying "Who Done It" before it happened. She got me.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a fun read, and a guilty pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Avins Miami, Florida United States 02-06-14
    A. Avins Miami, Florida United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2012

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    "WHAT A GREAT INTERTWINING STORY!"

    At first I didn't think I'd connect with this book. But I would say after the first 5 chapters, I was hooked! I enjoyed getting to know all the characters, the families, and as the story unfolded, how they all connected in some way or another, to come to form the plot of this well told story. I so enjoyed it, and the many unforeseen twists that kept unraveling. I recommend this book, and I'll probably listen to it again at some point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Miami, Fl, United States 02-06-14
    Tony Miami, Fl, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of those books you keep thinking about"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Thought provoking! I kept asking myself what would I do in these circumstances. I loved the writing style with the characters stream of consciousness, leaping from thought to thought just like I do.


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

    This was my first time listening to Caroline Lee and I felt she added so much to the story. Her Australian accent added a needed element that definitely would have been missing if I had read the book myself. She had great emotion without being overly dramatic. I hope to find more books read by her.


    If you could rename The Husband's Secret, what would you call it?

    I didn't love the title, I don't think it does justice to the depth of the story. Maybe: The Fallacy of Organized Lives. I don't know, that's why I am a reader not a writer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janna Wong Healy Los Angeles, CA 02-05-14
    Janna Wong Healy Los Angeles, CA 02-05-14 Member Since 2013

    I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!

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    "ENGAGING AND DRAMATIC"

    4.5 Stars. I wasn't quite sure what to think when I began this book -- it was three disparate stories that I knew were going to connect but couldn't figure out how and, I wasn't sure I wanted to know as the characters seemed so ordinary and even somewhat superficial. And then, in a split-second, the book took off and I was hooked!

    While some may look at this as a piece of women's fiction, I believe it runs deeper than that. To me, it is a treatise on guilt: how people live with this very strong emotion and how their feelings about guilt affect those around them. It begins with the perfectly ordered life of Cecilia and John-Paul and their perfect little family of three beautiful girls; it continues with Tess whose husband Will is leaving her for her close-as-a-sister cousin Felicity, causing Tess to engage in a wild affair of her own; it ends with Rachel whose daughter Janey was found murdered decades before yet she can't get over the pain, especially when she uncovers evidence that -- to her -- shows incontrovertible proof that someone she always suspected must be guilty of the crime.

    The author moves between the three stories with ease until they all coalesce. And, despite the plethora of characters, they are all treated with care and seriousness.

    This was a good read -- engaging, involving, dramatic and entertaining. I very much enjoyed Caroline Lee's narration. She hit all the right notes with her reading and captured the emotion of the characters extremely well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Morrison Worcester, MA 01-28-14
    Rhonda Morrison Worcester, MA 01-28-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Chick Lit, plain and simple."
    Would you try another book from Liane Moriarty and/or Caroline Lee?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Caroline Lee?

    The narrator was fine, the plot just didn't capture me.


    What character would you cut from The Husband's Secret?

    All of them


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie East Granby, CT, United States 01-23-14
    Marjorie East Granby, CT, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "New author to me."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Husband's Secret to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book, but I do think that the audio version was done very well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

    A pivotal point after the secret is revealed.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is amazing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The day after the secret is revealed. That is one of my worst fears.


    Any additional comments?

    I read additional books by this author to see if they were as good. She is a good read, fun, enjoyable and good for people who are interested in relationship type books. She gives many points of view which is good when reading a book about a subject that affects so many different people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather B. Dallas, TX United States 01-22-14
    Heather B. Dallas, TX United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a lifestyle blogger and a writer. I enjoy running, reading and laughing.

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    "A jaw dropping educational tale about our secrets"
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An outstanding book that keeps you glued to your smart device. I primarily listen to audiobooks in the car but this one kept me wanting more and listening to it in bed and at work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

    There were so many moments that kept me tuned in. Some spoilers so just a warning before you read the rest. Some of the more memorable scenes for me were the first few chapters when the affair was announced to Tess by Will and Felicity. The other more memorable scene was part where Cecilia tells John Paul she knows his secret. Then lastly the part where Cecilia becomes unglued and realizes her mother in law, Virginia, has known John Paul's secret all along.


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

    I have not listened to her other performances but I love her change in vocal variety. She captured each character superbly from an innocent 6 year old boy to a middle aged man. Of course being female she was able to capture and elderly woman along with a middle aged woman well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This is a quote about Pandora since that element of Greek mythology is metaphorical to this book. Something along the lines of this that was used by Anne Rice. “One moment the world is as it is. The next, it is something entirely different. Something it has never been before.”


    Any additional comments?

    This book touches on many themes that will resound with women everywhere. The role of motherhood and mothers and what is expected of us. Getting into middle age for many women. The themes of guilt and penance as the Catholic element is strong in this book but not in a domineering way. That is one thing I enjoyed about this book is that it truthfully reflected Catholics of today. The other themes such as revenge and being unable to forgive as well as vanity and then the classic themes of infidelity and repairing marriages. That is what this book represents - a real champion for marriages and family. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy New York, NY, United States 01-17-14
    Amy New York, NY, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it was a great story. I really felt connected to the characters and the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

    I don't want to give anything away!!


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

    Hard to say who was the favorite! They were all really interesting and three dimensional characters.


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

    It made my cry at several places. And I was very sad when it ended. Loved the epilogue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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