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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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    T. Pillow TN 05-08-14
    T. Pillow TN 05-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Never written a review before!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Husband's Secret the most enjoyable?

    I loved it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I do not think I had a favorite.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    I loved her accent.


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

    Many moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so shocked at the turns this book took. I really got caught up in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JR 05-05-14
    JR 05-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not worth your credit."
    What was most disappointing about Liane Moriarty’s story?

    From the short preview I was expecting a more exciting read. The pace was slow, I was often lost and not sure which way the author was going. I lost interest early but tried to keep listening hoping for better.


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

    I was very disappointed that I used a credit for this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Myriam Davie, FL, USA 05-02-14
    Myriam Davie, FL, USA 05-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "What a soap opera!"
    Any additional comments?

    I just kept saying to myself ... really? no way that is happening...... Just a bunch of airhead women in this book with very little backbone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    don't have one 05-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am rarely surprised by a plot development but the author totally caught me off guard in this one. When I stared this book I wondered where it was going and ended up really enjoying the ride.

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    Helly 04-27-14
    Helly 04-27-14
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    This was my first Liane Moriarty book and I'm so happy to have found her. Set in Australia, The Husband's Secret weaves together the lives of three women and their families. Celia is a tupperware "queen" with a seemingly perfect marriage and life. Tess is a driven career woman who learns that her husband is in love with her best friend. Rachel is struggling to come to terms with the death of her daughter. In a wonderful story full of wit and warmth the three women's lives come together, connected by a husband's terrible secret. I will be reading much more from Liane Moriarty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn E. Sanders Kansas City, MO United States 04-24-14
    Dawn E. Sanders Kansas City, MO United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2012

    Dawn

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    "This Book Made Me Want to Eat Pavlova"
    Would you listen to The Husband's Secret again? Why?

    I think it's a one-time listen. That is usually the way with fiction for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story follows the lives of three women, and they eventually intersect in a somewhat predictable way, but also with completely unexpected moments. I liked the way their lives were intertwined throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know what pavlova was before this book, but it talks about them eating it on Good Friday (in Australia), which happened recently in real life, and I encountered pavolova at an Easter buffet (in America), which was really exciting to me. Now I know what it is. I become enthralled by new food items. It has nothing to do with the quality of the book, I apologize.

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    Simone 04-09-14
    Simone 04-09-14 Member Since 2006

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GW 04-08-14
    GW 04-08-14 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!

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    "I never saw this coming!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to several friends. It's one of those books that seems like a quiet tale of ordinary life, but it isn't. It has wonderful characters. It's filled with reveals and surprises, and it forces you to look at the grey areas. Nothing is all good or all bad.


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

    There are so many that this would be a hard question to answer. It would also give away something important within the story, something the listener should experience first hand.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    She has a very pleasant voice and is easy to listen to. She moves easily through the range of emotions in the story making all of them believable. I have listened to her before and am always pleased when I find a story I'm interested in that she is reading.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Husband's Secret and why?

    Janie. She is someone filled with life and eager for new experiences. She is a bit arrogant and not mature enough for the situation in which she finds herself, but although she is young, she has quite an affect on people.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that makes you look at people you know and wonder what they might be hiding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Baxter Central IL USA 04-07-14
    Baxter Central IL USA 04-07-14 Member Since 2011

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    I enjoyed this story and how all the pieces fit together. It was a nice escape. Not an earth shatteringly good book, but enjoyable.

    While I like the narrator, she reads a little too slowly for me and I have to increase the speed or it drives me crazy.

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    Geza Kamuela, HI, USA 03-29-14
    Geza Kamuela, HI, USA 03-29-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Even When You Think You Know, You Don't"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Husband's Secret to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the characters came alive for me and I thoroughly enjoyed all the different Australian accents and characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Cecilia Fitzpatrick, because I could identify with her and her quest to be the perfect wife and mother.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Australian accents brought the setting alive. This book could have been set in New York or Orange County, CA, but it was set in Sydney, for the most part, and I would not have enjoyed the local flavor nearly so much without the Aussie overtones.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I usually listen to audio books while I exercise or clean the house. I feel very fit and the floors are sparkling!


    Any additional comments?

    This book makes you realize that you never really know anything, and yet you make life altering decisions based on "facts" that may be erroneous. How many times have I made the same mistakes as most of the characters in this book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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