"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 kept waiting for something to happen. There were several separate stories going on, and I figured it was going to be all brought together at some grand point, and it was; but I was left thinking "that's it?"
Trite ....not worth my time. Will delete it from my library. Now I MUST WRITE 20 WORDS!!! ABOUT THIS TRASH
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.
All of Rachel's scenes except of course the most important one.
The story was great, but overall the writing was just too wordy. My GOD we get it Liane Moriarty you graduated at the top of your literary class and won many awards but could you please just let one character get to the point? Could you please not boar me to death with foolish side thoughts and notes about irrelevant incidents? The characters issues were so interesting and real but they start to ramble on like 12 year old idiots making you want to choke each and every one of them. They all start to sound like Charlie Brown's Teacher...Waa, waa, waa, waa, waa.!!! Also why in the world was Rachel so boring and why did she have to remind us of her tragedy every other page? I get it, she was tormented but you need to make her Bat $#!+ crazy or just leave her out of it until she is really needed. Overall very good story.
This was a complete waste of a perfectly good credit. The story was too predictable. The lack of editing was a joke. The introduction of characters was poorly executed.
I'm not sure why people are rating this so highly. I personally find that listening to the suffering of others is depressing, especially when it's fiction. I found nothing meaningful about this book, nor did it open my perception to anything. Dark and depressing, I don't plan to read any others by this author.
As beautifully written and thoughtfully developed as her other books. It may have just been my devouring all of her novels in a row, but this one seemed to hold very few surprises for me. Not sure if I was just attuned to the workings of her plotting at that point, but I knew almost from the beginning what the secret was and how each narration would intersect (though I was a few degrees off of my prediction for the dramatic ending).
Even though it held few surprises, I still very much enjoyed it. Moriarty's writing and characterization are, as usual, almost flawless. She's become one of my favorite contemporary writers. I will continue to read anything she puts out.
One of the things she does so well is to really flesh out the complicated lives and perspectives of her female characters. She absolutely nails the anxiety and insecurity of motherhood and the complex relationships between women and their sisters/mothers/friends. She is absolutely top notch; I would (and have) recommended her to everyone I know who loves reading.
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