"To be opened in the event of my death." With one swift, vicious movement, she sliced the envelope open, and pulled out a handwritten letter. "Love you and the girls...so sorry to leave you with this...cannot bear...."
The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame.
Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.
Cecilia is the quintessential "I don't know how she does it" woman. A devoted mother to three daughters, she runs her household like clockwork, is President of the P&C, owns an extremely successful Tupperware business and is happy in her 15-year marriage. Until she discovers a letter in their attic labeled: "To my wife Cecilia, to be opened in the event of my death".
Her husband's secret is a bombshell beyond all imagining with repercussions across the lives of all three women.
©2013 Liane Moriarty (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I like messing about in boats.
The Husband's Secret is a wonderful balance of humour, tragedy, regret and consequences. The characters are all likable and the reader/listener is keen to find out what will become of their lives.
It would be a disservice to this great read to compare it to another novel.
I have not heard Caroline Lee perform before but I am certainly keen to hear her again. Her reading of this novel and her characterisations were faultless. She is superb.
It made me both laugh and cry. Any novel that can evoke emotion is well written and the characters in The Husband's Secret are all believable. Any of them could be one of my friends and I finished the book wanting only the best for each of them.
I loved the character development. Their feelings and thoughts were realistic. I was engrossed and invested in their lives. I am excited to read other books by this author..
What if ?
The book follows 3 women, all of which you come to appreciate for different reasons
It's moving as it shatters pre-conceived ideas and sets one off on a "what-if" mind spin. Refreshing and emotionally challenging.
Elegantly written, worth reading. I'll be reading several more from this author.
Believable, surprising, emotive.
The twist near the end.
I have listened to a few books that Caroline has read and always enjoyed her performance. Her characters are realistic and she never sounds stilted or as if she is just reading a book.
Just love books.
Yes as this was the second of her books I have tried and I just cant finish them.
I think it is that I do not like her style of writing, she bores me.
The author spends too much time establishing the characters.
The narration was good and Liane has a good following.
Possibly, haven't read the book, but the reader brought the characters to life so that if was like listening it a play and the author's style lent itself to being listened to.
It' s similar to "One Day" in pace and easy style, the point of view is from the women in the story.
She really gets into each character, the story is written mainly from the point of view of three very different women, and she gives each one a strong individual voice. The book is set in Australia, the colloquialisms are well interpreted, although the topic is a universal one, the un-truths within relationships.
It left me thinking about how ordinary people's lives and circumstances can change in just one minute, a person's world can be turned upside down by a fact discovered in a letter, a change in loyalties, a death, a mistake. The story involves a number of incidents which at first appear unconnected but are linked by fate, and by the end of the book we see how they all tie up. The denouement is interesting in that even though the story is 'resolved' the author adds new details that only we know and that change things yet again.
It' s a well written book that is easy to listen to, but cleverly researched and assembled. The human conditions and weaknesses are all covered! Sex, greed, avarice, envy, deceipt and all in our own back yard.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
This story started off a bit on the dreary side and then whipped into an unexpected turn.
Its written well wth crafty twists and turns that show how humans will do anything to survive, to keep their worlds in tact, to protect their marriages and children. Overall a good rating from me!
Yes. I loved how the book shows that even the smallest action can have great consequences and that rash actions can change lives forever. It also made me wonder what I would do -- I don't have kids so my world is fairly black and white on certain subjects. This book showed me the greys.
Cecelia. Her responses and reactions were the most genuine out of the three women.
I could get a real sense of each woman's personality, I think. More so than if I had tried to imagine them when reading the book.
Well, there is that bit that makes you raise an eyebrow... and I was pretty sad in one of the key scenes.
Rachel started to annoy me fairly early and in the end I really disliked her. Tess too but not to the same extent. I think her story wasn't as credible as the other two and wondered why the author wanted her in the book.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
Surprising, gripping & fantastic
I liked all of them for different reasons
No I haven't, she was very easy to listen to
I had a cover my mouth "oh my god" moment
Engrossing. Thought provoking.
Joanna Trollope's novels.
When Alice meets her children for the first time after her accident.
I laughed a bit, felt like crying sometimes.
Liane Moriarty knows women, She's read my mail. I recognise the metamorphosis of a loving and fun loving young woman into an efficient family and home manager who has forgotten who she really is. I loved it, loved it, loved it!
"Great book - thoroughly enjoyed it"
In the top 25%
Tess was my favourite - I identified with her. It was nicely read.
The epilogue - the "what might have beens".
I thought the plot was very well thought out, and not too contrived. I really enjoyed it.
"Great story - really enjoyed it!"
She really bought it to life for me
The reflections on how a life (Janey) may have been lived!
Although it was fairly obvious what the 'secret' of the title actually would be - the resulting story was certainly worth the listen!
very thought provoking
cecila and tess.
loved Tess shyness but loved her determination to stand up for herself.
cecila because of her honesty and integrity
fantastic story telling excellent tone
the epilogue was amazing
"Makes you want to listen to the end"
It' starts with a series of dis-jointed characters that you wonder how they can be connected but the story knits together beautifully. The end is is materpiece in not prejudging conclusions, can' t recommend highly enough
Top 3 at least, well written and amazing performance! Her voice isn't robotic like a lot of other books I have listened to.
Couldn't possibly give any spoilers!
No, I could have though - life doesn't allow for 10 hours straight listening.
Just get it, so good!
This was a really good listen! I couldn't put it down. Not your typical story. I found the humour and observations of human behaviour wonderful. The story speeds along and it kept me I curious about what was going to happen next. The narration was very good and suited the book. Overall a very good listen which I would recommend.
"a good listen"
7/10 - although I have only just joined I found this book intriguing and a good twist.
I loved them all
I liked them all - it was well read
Enjoyable and easy to keep up with.
"A bit too much going on"
I got this as it was recommended on New York best seller list. I think the narrative by Caroline Lee was especially good. I find her voice soothing and interesting.
I enjoyed the story and felt the epilogue at the end finished it all off nicely. However I found the lives of the main female characters Tess, Rachel, Cecilia had so much going on that three separate novels could have been written for them. It was a bit confusing at times who was doing what and who fitted where. The story did plod along at times and felt certain characters who really had no bearing on the story could have been left out. I would recommend the book and would consider reading another by same author.
"Not as gripping as I thought."
Not at good as the hype and build up to this book. I felt that the ending was a bit predictable and flat.
Narrator was very good and I enjoyed listening to her voice on my way to and from work.
"A realistic greatly told story about Karma!!"
I rank this book as one of my top, best reads!!
The revealing dialogue between Cecillia, Rachel and John Paul at the children's hospital.
The tooth-brushing scene with Cecilia and John Paul.
I felt a deep sense of empathy for the main characters, realising how difficult it was for everyone to live with their own personal guilt. But for Cecilia, I had admiration throughout!
It was a well written book and the narration excellent with appropriate voices and tones. I love the connection to the Greek myth of Pandora and how the story encapsulated the unpredictability of life, the realities of facing our consequences. The story accurately reflected the realities of life and particularly, how the past affects our futures and how in many ways, we face the consequences of our actions.
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