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The Husband's Secret

Moriarty, Liane (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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
Statement of Responsibility: Liane Moriarty
Subject Headings: Letters Fiction. Husband and wife Fiction.
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction.
Topical Term: Letters
Husband and wife
LCCN: 2013009340
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Jul 24, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you love Jodi Picoult books, you will love this one! I now want to read her other books!

Jul 21, 2014
  • sconiglio1127 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Totally unpredictable! Loved it!

This is a poorly written stupid book.
I don't understand the raving reviews.

Jul 09, 2014
  • ladydebv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a complex story of 3 families who do not even know one another, but whose lives are actually entwined. One family has a secret which once revealed changes their lives and brings the other families together in ways you cannot imagine. I have never read Lian Moriarty, but I am now a fan. One could not possibly predict the twists and turns this story takes and the final outcomes. A real page turner.

Jun 28, 2014
  • Justsaymo01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The story begins with 3 characters and they are all linked by one secret.

Jun 24, 2014
  • Toox rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this book. Characters were well developed and the husband's secret was a shocker - didn't see that one coming! A real page turner.

Jun 15, 2014
  • TurtleMama rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good read!! Not what I was expecting. Finished it in about 2 days!!

Jun 11, 2014
  • LMF316 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great read! Couldn't wait to see how it would end. The epilogue really tied everything all together.

Really great book, I couldn't put it down.

May 09, 2014
  • danagalfc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! I started reading it on a Saturday afternoon and got hooked so quickly that I wished I didn't have plans for that evening. Such a great story with good twists. I highly recommend!!!!

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Jul 24, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It is hard to summarize this book without giving away "the secret" but it takes place in Australia and involves the intersecting lives of three women and their families. Amazing revelations near the end!

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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