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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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  • Teresa
  • United States
  • 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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ok

I honestly found it predictable, but I did finish it. I like Tess's story line. not as good as big little lies, not bad either

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Great story line

I really enjoyed this book. I haven’t read a book that kept me listening al day in a while.

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Good but Meh

The book/Story was good. It feels like it could have been a shorty story. Mainly due to the fact that Tess’ (one of the main characters) storyline never connected with everyone else’s. Hers could have and should have been a separate book.

The narrator was excellent!!

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So boring I couldn't get past the first 5 chapters

I would have given this book 0 stars if that rating was an option !! This was one of the most boring, narrated books I've listened to on Audible.

The narrator did a dismal job, and the plot takes forever to develop, making the book so worthless that it isn't worth the time to download it. I don't know about her other books, but based on The Husband's Secret", I won't waste my time.

I should have paid more attention to Goodreads' and other reviews.

Also, I'm getting very disinterested in listening to books narrated by just one person; which make it hard to get "into" the different characters.

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Loved this book!

Love this author. Well written, seriously funny at times , but also seriously true to life, makes you ponder how life so easily can change depending on our choices we make.

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excellent and intriguing!

easy to invest in the character's, I related to one in particular. hard to put down till the end

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Excellent book!

This is a really well written book that I couldn’t put down! I felt like I connected with the characters. I would highly recommend.

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  • Charli
  • Harker Heights, TX United States
  • 12-09-17

I have mixed feelings

I didn't care for all the characters storylines/perspectives as I did for BLL. I find the narrator expressive but a bit high pitched as well. I enjoyed listening to this (stimuli and what not) but I wasn't rushing to listen as many of the elements were easy to foresee at certain points. It wasn't sad enough to take you there with the grief and not light enough to yield happy emotions either. My babbling point is there's nothing memorable to this book.

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Great book! full of real and raw emotions.

absolutely love this narrator. She does a great job with the voices, is easy to understand, and you actually believe her as much of the characters. As always, this author's storyline is impeccable. she captures the human experience flawlessly always creating real authentic and memorable characters. I highly recommend this book.