"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
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.
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..
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
"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.
"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.
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
"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!
"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
"Audio quality is very poor"
I've just bought this audiobook and I am very disappointed with the quality of the audio.
It's a little bit of a shame because the narrator, Caroline Lee, is absolutely fantastic!
"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.
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 simple book"
I was kind of underwhelmed by this book. It is an easy enough read however it was far from a page turner. The characters are simple, the story line is simple. The characters intertwine in a mediocre way, however they are likable.
On the plus side the narration is good.
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