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"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

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  • Margaret
  • Brighton East, Australia
  • 07-06-14

Wonderful story telling

What made the experience of listening to The Husband's Secret the most enjoyable?

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.

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

It would be a disservice to this great read to compare it to another novel.

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

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I Did Not Want it to End!

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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..

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • mgn
  • london
  • 09-18-15

Her best novel yet

I have enjoyed this much more than three other liane novels. It's compact and the story gripping in the nicest possible way. Her focus has been on fewer characters which she has developed quickly. Enjoyed it a lot now what do I read?!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Hauntingly beautiful, a story that lingers

If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

What if ?

Who was your favorite character and why?

The book follows 3 women, all of which you come to appreciate for different reasons

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's moving as it shatters pre-conceived ideas and sets one off on a "what-if" mind spin. Refreshing and emotionally challenging.

Any additional comments?

Elegantly written, worth reading. I'll be reading several more from this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Captivating to the end

Found this author after watching Big Little Lies. Loved the book and will be looking for more of her books.

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Excellent!

I loved this book with all its insights and twists and turns , great narrator as well, thanks

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  • Shelley
  • North Saanich, BC, Canada
  • 04-29-17

Engaging!!

Loved this book. It kept my interest to the end. The reader was a bit slow but the book is worth it.

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In depth Characters

The author really gets into the heads of each charactor. And all the twists and turns. Even when you can see where it might be going she throws in another twist. A fantastic srory.

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love this book

I think this is amongst Lianne Moriarty's best work and Caroline Lee does a superb job narrating it. I just listened to it for a second time and it's still one of my favorite audio books.

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This book is brilliant!

I love Liane Moriarty's books! They are so real and very contemporary. She writes about the characters school mothers meet every day and intertwines them in riveting plots. I don't think I've ever read a single author's books and listened to them also one after the other . This book is very well narrated also. I'm going to download my next Moriarty book right now!

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  • Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE
  • 11-12-13

Great story - really enjoyed it!

If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

Engaging<br/>Diverse<br/>Realistic

What did you like best about this story?

Great characters

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She really bought it to life for me

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The reflections on how a life (Janey) may have been lived!

Any additional comments?

Although it was fairly obvious what the 'secret' of the title actually would be - the resulting story was certainly worth the listen!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • barbara Douglas
  • 10-27-13

Amazing Book

If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

very thought provoking

Who was your favorite character and why?

cecila and tess.<br/><br/>loved Tess shyness but loved her determination to stand up for herself.<br/><br/>cecila because of her honesty and integrity

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

fantastic story telling excellent tone

Any additional comments?

the epilogue was amazing

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • C
  • 10-29-13

a good listen

Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

7/10 - although I have only just joined I found this book intriguing and a good twist.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved them all

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

I liked them all - it was well read

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable and easy to keep up with.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • 10-22-13

Great book - thoroughly enjoyed it

Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 25%

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

Tess was my favourite - I identified with her. It was nicely read.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The epilogue - the "what might have beens".

Any additional comments?

I thought the plot was very well thought out, and not too contrived. I really enjoyed it.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Amelia
  • 03-05-14

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lulu
  • 02-02-14

A realistic greatly told story about Karma!!

Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I rank this book as one of my top, best reads!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

The revealing dialogue between Cecillia, Rachel and John Paul at the children's hospital.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The tooth-brushing scene with Cecilia and John Paul.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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!

Any additional comments?

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanne
  • 11-10-13

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

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Leah
  • 12-01-13

Excellent

Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 3 at least, well written and amazing performance! Her voice isn't robotic like a lot of other books I have listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

Couldn't possibly give any spoilers!

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

Tess

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I could have though - life doesn't allow for 10 hours straight listening.

Any additional comments?

Just get it, so good!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Shannon
  • 12-01-13

Really 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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice
  • 10-21-13

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.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Bernadette Aitken
  • 06-19-17

Another winner

This is the second book I've read by Liane and I know it won't be my last.
It has great characters that are as flawed as we all are. I loved the "what if" nature of the story and the believability of the major players.
Read it you'll love it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca
  • 09-29-16

one of my favourite audiobooks so far

Story is addictive from the get go. Caroline Lee is, as always, an amazing performer

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  • Chris
  • 07-29-17

Always a pleasure to read

She creates the best characters. I'm always amazed with how she totally draws me in and are message me in their lives. Really great riding.

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  • DANIELE
  • 07-22-17

A must read (or listen) book !

A very well written book. The story is catching and you don't want to stop reading (or listening).
And the performance is great: the reader does an amazing job giving depth to all the characters.
A must read book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-17

As good as other Liane Moriarty's books

loved it both story and narrator voice. Liane Moriarty and Caroline Lee are best. recommend it to everybody

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-17

loved it

loved this book too.....becoming addicted to liane moriartys books...they are amazing and captivating and enjoyable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-24-17

Typical Liane Moriaty book....fabulous!

It took me a while to get into the characters but as all of Liane Moriatys books... once you are a few chapter in it's hard to put down. I love how the book ends!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-14-17

wonderful

Full of rich characters facing real world struggles. A most satisfying. Thumbs up from me.

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  • Rachel
  • 09-18-17

Loved it.

This was my second book from Liane Moriarty. I enjoyed it as much as the first. Had some really good moments. Will purchase myself another of hers.

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  • Irina
  • 09-14-17

Amazing real story

What an incredible story about ordinary people. What a great insightful piece. Makes you think about family and relationships in our lives. How every little decision brings us to where we are right now. Loved it!