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Publisher's Summary

"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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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loved it!

The beginning was a bit confusing because the introduction of the characters was all at once but after that it was a great book and I was hooked!

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Hard to follow

What would have made The Husband's Secret better?

I guess the book is okay but to me it was hard to follow going between the past and present. The storyline became confusing.

Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

no

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Secrets

I listen to books in the car on my way to and from work. I would actually be glad to get a red light! I even sat in the garbage listening trying to get to a point where I could pause it. Second book I read of hers. Keeps me riveted and thinking about the characters during the day. I would highly recommend!

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A lot like Big Little Lies

which I had listened to first. But by the end of the book and thru the epilog it had is own twist and turns making it unique. I really enjoyed listening to this book. And the narrator does a good job of changing her voice to allow you to conjure up the character's images.

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A roller Coaster Ride.

A ride into the lives of love and life"a many twists and turns. I enjoyed the ride.

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Good Read

Very enagagjng story and good characters. Not quite as amazing as Big Little Lies but definite worth a read. A good beach read for sure. I can happily recommend this book!!

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Great

What other book might you compare The Husband's Secret to and why?

It's like Big Little Lies (and some of Moriarty's other books) in terms of it being in the same setting, having the same types of characters (one rich suburban family, one slightly less than rich suburban family, the token lonely elderly person and so on)... but the story was distinct, intriguing and surprising. I think I liked this better than BLL actually.

Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, equally great.

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Secrets, Choices, and What-Ifs

I don't know why I took so long to read The Husband's Secret, because it is a great story. Well, I think I do know why...the author's intense, painfully honest exploration of grief, guilt, and what-ifs made me uncomfortable and sad, so much so that I had to put it aside until I was ready. It's been a long time since I've had to put a book in the freezer.

Secrets is the theme, that and choices, and the big what-could-have-beens that hinge on our every decision. The characters broke my heart, their story arcs were all fascinating and very well-told. The big secret was a doozy, the way it all shook out was brilliant.

I can't help but compare this book to the only other Moriarty book I've read, Big Little Lies. Both are great reads; I'd have to say The Husband's Secret is even better.

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Just a boring gossip book

I purchased this book thinking that it would be a mystery of some sort. Instead, I listened to hours of "she did a questionnaire in a doctors clinic and answered all 'C's' so it must be true. My mother always said that shyness was a selfish trait" and on and on and on. It is the kind of book that I think my 75 year old mother in law would love. It is so focused on gossip and this woman's internal though process (which is kind numbingly boring). I am an hour or two in and nothing has happened. There is no suspense, I don't give a single care about any of the characters and I actually had to turn it off for the first time ever with an audiobook, because it was actually so boring that it was irritating.

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Excellent

Story and narrator alike. If you're just getting into Liane Moriarty, I highly recommend this title