"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 am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. The way the characters are intertwined is quite interesting. I found that Ms. Moriarty helped me get into the various characters' heads, and I was feeling what they were feeling. Sometimes, I could feel Rachel's pain. I could feel Tess's anger at her husband's infidelity and at times, I was in pain like Cecilia.
The character development made this book.
I actually loved the epilogue, in which the author gave the reader a look into what could have been the future of the characters.
I hate trying to pick favourite scenes. There were a lot of painful situations in this book and at times, it was hard to muddle through the conundrums facing the heroines of the book.
I think taking little breaks actually helped me listen to this book, as there were upsetting things to deal with as I read. I actually found myself thinking about it in between listens.
This is an interesting book and certainly worth reading.
The best was the unfolding of the characters. I found myself wondering if the author was manipulating the reader to sympathize with a murderer, think about the nature of adultery and friendships, and examine motives of a grieving mother and widow. I also enjoyed the Australian culture references a lot.
The worst part was just hoping that there would be more of a real mystery instead of just waiting to see how it would end up. I felt that the author had a curious perspective, and could have given us more of a mystery and less of a morality lesson.
The Pandora intro was incongruous with the rest of the book, and the ending where the author speaks to you about what the characters didn't know and never would know, was similarly out of step with the rest of the book.
Her performance was good and her voice is easy to listen to. I love her accent and the way she read each character was very distinct and well done.
I think it could have been edited a bit better, but overall, it filled the time.
This book made me laugh, during my drives home from work, on more than one occasion
I love her accent and her reading makes listening enjoyable. I also listened to Tuscan Rose narrated by her.
Cecilia - the way she described what was going through her mind on a daily basis made me feel normal.
Mother of a son. Have the best boyfriend in the world. Love books. J.D Robb is my fav right now. Love Debbie Mcomber, Brenda Novak, and more
Never read the book!
This story has just the right amount of supensise! I love this book and the women reading the book makes it all that much better. I can't wait to finish this book. Such a good book and awesome listen.
I loved them all!
How well do you really know anyone in your life?
Must read this is the best book I have hear in some time.
It's the fifth book ever listened to so hard to rank it.
Enjoyed how she read the book and how the character's were portrayed.
The ending made me ponder how choice can and do effect our lives.
A book that lingers long after you finish it, deserves 5 stars. It is a book about a secret but it actually started with a first lie. Lies have consequences and they can lead to unforeseen consequences. People compared it to Gone Girl but that book was about sheer evil, this book is about human frailties. This book is not about black or white but many shades in between. Secrets are still present at the end of the book. Time for a sequel to see what becomes of them.A very moving read.
I give it ten thumbs up.
I don't think I had a favorite. I like Tess and her mother. I understand Rachel and her search for the truth. Cecelia pisses me off but her loyalty is to her husband. Tess is strong and I laugh my ass off at bold moves to get her life back. I like her character the most.
No but I like the accent.
I actually listened to this book in one day with my son of all people. It begins slow but has a great impact on you leaving you with your mouth open. My son typically thinks my audiobooks are annoying but he liked this one.
I loved the book but I loved the ending the best. It makes you really think about your actions. Cause and effect.
This book is not really as good as the other reviews make it out to be. Not enough story line and too predictable. Its like a story you would read in Good Housekeeping.
Only the very end where they say what really happened that the characters didn't know. And that is only about 5 min of the whole 12 hours of book.
The author has a way of telling stories that makes the tale seem very realistic and the reader feels empathy for all the characters involved. I think I've read all of her books.
Gone Girl, because I couldn't stop reading it and loved the multiple narrators.
I can't wait to listen to another one of her narrations...she was the best narrator I've encountered with different voices for each character that were distinct yet subtle and not silly.
It was REALLY long so no....but when I did listen to it on the way to work and back, I was always bummed to turn it off.
Great pick for someone who needs fast plot but good writing and deep characters, like myself.
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