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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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Soapy and obvious

Would you try another book from Liane Moriarty and/or Caroline Lee?

No

What was most disappointing about Liane Moriarty’s story?

So many coincidences to move the plot forward - I found the writing pedestrian, the characters were more types than individuals, and some of the incidents just too predictable.

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

No

What character would you cut from The Husband's Secret?

It's not that I would cut any but I wish they were better developed.

Any additional comments?

I am dumbfounded that so many people praise this book. Tupperware parties, Easter hat parades, midnight "chance" meetings at a gas station, it all just felt contrived. And the epilogue, in which a murderer was more or less excused, was the icing on the cake. I like subtlety in books I read, and this one didn't offer any.

9 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Teresa
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  • 02-28-14

Boring Drivel

What disappointed you about The Husband's Secret?

The story was banal, the characters were shallow and unengaging. I couldn't last as far as The Opening of the Letter, but it was pretty obvious what it was going to be about.

What could Liane Moriarty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The women twittered on and on about nothing....just open the letter already!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

While Celia was considering whether or not her husband was having an affair or putting the moves on his own daughter, the tone of voice was the same as a TV Mum deciding which washing powder or toothpaste to buy. It was rather disconcerting and very annoying.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed as some of the reviews were good...I wanted to like it but I just couldn't finish it.

Any additional comments?

A complete waste of a credit!!

10 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Could not wait for it be over!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Confusing from the beginning..................drawn out. One the least liked books.

What do you think your next listen will be?

not sure

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

no

Any additional comments?

Not worth a credit Sorry

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Wanted More!

Would you listen to The Husband's Secret again? Why?

With so many other books to listen to I don't think I would listen to this one again.

What did you like best about this story?

Loved how the author co-related characters with their own stories and placed them together in time.

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

Paulie

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Great Book

Great story and great performance. I really enjoyed listening. I need to add six more words.

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Good book, captured my attention

I listened to this book when I ran and it was very capturing and drew me in to the storyline. The speaker was good too. I like the accent.

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She is now my favorite author

Fabulous book—full of well developed, believable characters, ethical dilemmas and unforeseeable twists and turns. Narration is suburb. Perfect story for book clubs to dissect and go at with varying opinions. I can’t get enough of her books; she is a brilliant writer.

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Wonderful story telling and realistic characters

Wonderful story telling and realistic characters make this a enjoyable, interesting and heartfelt story of families, marriages, and the concept of how to do it all properly.

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loved it! another great read by Liane Moriarty.

loved it! another great read by Liane Moriarty. riveting from start to finish. it was suggested for book club and didn't disappoint.

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love the story and performance.

the story is fascinating with great character building and unexpected plot twists. the author does a great job of presenting complicated characters.