"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)
The speed of the story. It was very slow and I almost stopped listening until about Chapter 15. I finally got into it a little bit, but was just ready for it to be done. I wouldn't recommend it.
It was a pretty good solid story and I recommended it to friends as a light easy listen/read. It's not exactly the most compelling story, but it was enjoyable... little bit of suspense, some romance, and I felt like I could associate with the characters. If this book did anything really well, it was the characters. They really made the story come alive.
I loved "Big, Little Lies", so I had high hopes for this one. But, I just didn't love it. I really don't understand the connection that the Tess/Will storyline had to do with the rest of the story. I was hoping there would be more of a connection, instead of the kids going to school together and the Connor thing. If Connor has been injured at the park, when Tess was supposed to meet him, that would have tied it together more. It just seems fragmented. I didn't really connect with any of the characters very much. Connor seemed frumpy and unattractive, so it was hard to picture him in the way Tess described. John Paul's daughters were hard to distinguish from one another, and very one dimensional. There were two many povs at the beginning to be able to keep up with who was in which storyline.
I have been a fan of the author, but the characters here were vapid and predictable. I found myself disliking each of them in turn, and feel like their common plot connector was tenuous and boring. The narrator had a great performace. Not in love with the characters or storyline I'm this one.
The "secret" wasn't what I thought which was OK but its like as soon as you find out, around the middle or so, THE STORY JUST D R A G S ON. I almost deleted this without finishing which is not like me at all. I'm glad I didn't because it does get better RIGHT at the end but I still wouldn't recommend for the fact that halfway through it could've put me to sleep.
The writer surprises and engages the reader. What an imagination and a plotter. Reader could give a bitter difference in the voices to help with transitions but very clear and pleasant voice.
I couldn't get past the second chapter. the narrator's accent and over the top animation was just too much. I will have to read the book to see if the story is any good.
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