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The Husband's Secret

Moriarty, Liane (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Husband's Secret


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Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women. By the author of What Alice Forgot.
Authors: Moriarty, Liane
Title: The husband's secret
Publisher: New York :, Amy Einhorn Books, Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons ,a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,, 2013.
Edition: First American Edition.
Characteristics: 396 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women. By the author of What Alice Forgot.
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ISBN: 0399159347
9780399159343
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Report This Apr 03, 2014
  • MonicaKT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent read

I couldn't put this book down. Set in Australia three stories converge. I really enjoyed the characters and found their difficult situations so interesting

Report This Mar 19, 2014
  • 19crystal85 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book! I thought the story was fascinating and it was very well written. I love the ending. Now I want to read What Alice Forgot as it seems to have great reviews from what I can see.

Report This Mar 16, 2014
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really wasn't sure what to make of this book as I was reading it. The story is engaging but it really lacked direction. It took quite awhile to see where it was all going. Things do eventually come together and I liked the ending. Overall, I thought it was an interesting story worth reading.

Report This Mar 14, 2014
  • Brooklynnnjv rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Lynn619. I loved this book. First time I read one of her books and you can be sure I will read her other ones.

Report This Mar 11, 2014
  • claire1953 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After reading What Alice Forgot, I was anxious to read this book. With an unpredictable ending and fascinating characters, this is a book about love, heartache and forgiveness. Reads quickly.

Report This Mar 11, 2014
  • jmartoral rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

LOVED this novel and the moral behind the story. Very valuable life lessons with a dominating plot... had me on the tip of my seat!

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  • kelleypoole rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It's an okay read but a disappointment after What Alice Forgot.

Report This Feb 13, 2014
  • chassie06 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This author did a wonderful job with the writing and bringing the characters together in a very special way. I enjoyed some parts through the book, but over all I did not enjoy the story. I know most of marriage trouble stuff happens in real life and I guess I rather read about things that are more fun and exciting. I was depressed after reading this book. Still the author did a good job overall.

Report This Feb 11, 2014
  • aodem rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was hard for me to get into this book. Read it after "What Alice Forgot" and was disappointed in it

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From the 7/26/2013 Entertainment Weekly review by Leah Greenblatt: "There's a telltale heart in Cecilia Fitzpatrick's house, but it's not beating beneath the floorboards. It's lodged in a dusty box in the attic, inside a sealed envelope addressed to her in her husband's handwriting and labeled To be opened only in the event of my death. "Does Cecilia, a generally happy Australian housewife with three young daughters and a booming sideline in Tupperware sales, shrug and put the letter back where she found it? Because this book's title, The Husband's Secret, is what it is (and because human nature is what it is), you know the answer, dear reader: She does not. And it's a credit to the author, probably best known for her 2010 book-club favorite What Alice Forgot, that the secret hits as hard as it does when it's finally revealed more than 150 pages in. Despite its awkwardly soapy title and pink-petaled cover, The Husband's Secret is a sharp, thoughtful read — a sneaky sort of wolf in chick-lit clothing. It's also darker and less whimsical than the twinkly, rom-comish Alice. Liane Moriarty weaves Cecilia's story in with those of two other women in crisis: Tess, a Melbourne marketing exec reeling from a suddenly broken marriage, and Rachel, a widow haunted by the unsolved murder of her teenage daughter more than 25 years earlier. "But Secret isn't all Down Under noir, either; even as these three women's lives are blown apart, they still have jobs and families and mostly intact senses of humor, and they carry on. When Tess' husband tells her that he's fallen in love with her cousin, who is also her best friend, she can't help thinking how much he looks like her 6-year-old begging for a contraband cookie. ('' 'Please, Mum, I want that sugary treat with all the preservatives and the cleverly branded packaging and I know I promised I wouldn't ask for anything but I want it.' '') The beseeching eyes are the same: '' 'Please, Tess, I want your delicious-looking cousin and I know I promised to be true to you in good times and bad, in sickness and health, but pleeeease.' '' Moriarty ultimately can't resist wrapping up her story lines with a bow that will probably feel too shiny and pink-petal neat for some. But you don't need a husband or a secret to feel for her characters' very real moral quandaries, and to want that shiny bow for them a little bit, too."

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