The Husband's Secret

Moriarty, Liane

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Husband's Secret
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.
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.
ISBN: 0399159347
Characteristics: 396 pages ;,24 cm


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Jan 30, 2015
  • deborahjohnston rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this, and will pursue other titles by the same author. A nice blend of characters, each with their own baggage. The husband's secret was worth the read, though it was a shame the protagonist returned to her husband.

Jan 27, 2015
  • denise99 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this book an easy read and really enjoyed Liane Moriarty's style of storytelling.

Jan 26, 2015
  • trincm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very good read. I finally enjoyed a book from cover to over. Well written and good content. I will read her other books if they are lie this one.

Jan 20, 2015
  • ilikebooks_8 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found it hard to get into it in the beginning, but it got more interesting towards the end. Easy read!

Jan 19, 2015
  • LovesBees rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Average tale with a good twist. Some stretches of tedium.

Jan 17, 2015
  • geraldine69 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

not good

Jan 05, 2015
  • lesnord rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Take some infidelity, a tragedy, some light romance, and mix in a bit of Gone Girl mystery and fast pace and you have a satisfying, fun read in this new fiction book by popular author Liane Moriarty. The first three chapters kick off the three female leads – which can off-putting in some novels – but I could quickly see how the women’s lives intertwined so it did not bother me for long. Secrets connect them all and once spoken will change their lives forever. Highly recommended.

Nov 12, 2014
  • Mothercat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Entertaining and enjoyable read, with quite a twist at the end.

Nov 05, 2014
  • ASC927 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love this book! I read all her other books because of this one.

Oct 20, 2014
  • PimaLib_JennyG rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If you like a good plot twist (think Gone Girl or The Silent Wife), this book hits the spot. The point of view alternates between characters' intertwined stories, and some were more interesting than others. The premise and resolution, though, is intriguing and satisfying.

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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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