The Husband's Secret

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.
Publisher: New York :, Berkley Books,, 2015.
Edition: Berkley trade paperback
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 9780425267721
Characteristics: 445 pages ;,21 cm.


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Mar 30, 2021

Of all these author's novels, this is my all time favourite. A great read!

Mar 15, 2021

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. 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. **** I found it easy to guess the husband's secret before his wife read the letter. It is difficult to find anyone in this book who can claim the moral high ground. Another husband is emotionally unfaithful. His wife who drags her son away from his home abruptly and jumps into bed with an old flame. The denouement seems artificial and largely unbelievable. Years and years of pain are resolved much to easily. Sorry... Cannot recommend

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Decent, if a little too long and wordy in some areas but the twists were good.

Jan 21, 2021

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Jan 10, 2021

Really enjoyed this book!

Sep 22, 2020

I really liked this book......shocking bits, maybe things I should have expected but I didn't! Great reader!

Aug 19, 2020

This is the second book I have read from this author. The first was Big Little Lies and I loved it, I loved this book too. The characters are likeable and the story is interesting. I like how the characters storylines intertwine too, just like in Big Little Lies. I really like Liane Moriarty's writing style. And I love the ending (epilogue), it was very clever!

Aug 19, 2020

really liked this one.

Jun 21, 2020

This book was a good read!

Nov 15, 2019

This is the first book I've read by Liane Moriarty and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I really like how she wove characters' stories around the theme of the Berlin Wall. Very cleverly written and full of suspense! I found it very hard to put this one down. I can't wait to read more of her novels.

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siammarino Feb 26, 2015

There are 3 casts of characters in this book, each with their own story, but Moriarty starts weaving them together about midway through. I had some difficulty keeping track of the kids and who they belonged to. Nevertheless, the theme of secrets prevails. When Cecelia discovers a letter in which her husband confesses to a murder he committed as a teenager, life changes for everyone. His secret will haunt not only him, but the whole cast of characters. If only he had confessed right away!

Jul 24, 2014

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!

Jul 27, 2013

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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