The Husband's Secret [NOOK Book]

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Overview

The #1 New York Times Bestseller



One of the Best Books of the Year Entertainment Weekly


One of the Top Ten Books of the Year People magazine


“It’s a knowing, touching, and entertaining page-turner. What a wonderful writer—smart, wise, funny.” —Anne Lamott



"The Husband's Secret is so good, you won't be able to keep it to yourself." —USA Today



“Shocking, complex and thought-provoking, this is a story reading groups will devour. A knockout!" —Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author


“Emotionally astute, immensely smart, and as cinematically plotted as any Tom Perrotta Novel destined for critical accolades and a big-screen adaptation.” —Entertainment Weekly



“A novel that’s perfect for vacation reading.” —People



"Brilliant." —Sophia Hannah, international bestselling author of The Wrong Mother




At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read



My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died. . .


Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that 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.


Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

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"My darling Cecilia, if you're reading this, then I've died...." Her husband had not intended that she read the letter until after his demise, but Cecilia's curiosity betrayed him. The unsettling words that she read forever changed the life of this once contented wife and mother; yet this well-intended posthumous missive also becomes the spur that enables Cecilia to connect with two other women recently pushed towards crossroads. A new novel by Liane Moriarty (What Alice Forgot; The Hypnotist's Love) as original and well-crafted as a fine string quartet.

Publishers Weekly
Australian author Moriarty, in her fifth novel (after The Hypnotist’s Love Story), puts three women in an impossible situation and doesn’t cut them any slack. Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O’Leary’s husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they’ve fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St. Angela’s Primary School, where Cecilia is the star mother. Rachel Crowley, the school secretary, believes that Connor, St. Angela’s PE teacher, is the man who, nearly three decades before, got away with murdering her daughter—a daughter for whom she is still grieving. Simultaneously a page-turner and a book one has to put down occasionally to think about and absorb, Moriarty’s novel challenges the reader as well as her characters, but in the best possible way. Agent: Faye Bender, Faye Bender Literary Agency. (Aug.)
Entertainment Weekly

THE HUSBAND'S SECRET is a smart, thoughtful read...[a] lip-smacking and intelligently written novel. (A rating 'MUST LIST')

Library Journal
Cecilia is leading the perfect suburban life. She's the envy of other school mothers, and she managed to marry one of the handsome Fitzpatrick boys. While her husband is away on a business trip, Cecilia accidentally finds a note to be opened in the event of his death. His alarmed reaction to her discovery and immediate early return from his trip pique Cecilia's curiosity, and she opens the letter. A secret from her husband's past is about to bring her perfectly sculpted world crumbling down. Weaving allusions to the Berlin Wall throughout, Moriarty (What Alice Forgot) shows how Cecilia struggles to live her life as she did before the secret burdened her marriage—like those Berliners who attempted normalcy after the infamous wall went up/came down. A simple confession of the truth can simultaneously shatter many different worlds. The secret creates a ripple effect in Cecilia's community, involving more and more people and families. VERDICT Moriarty examines the ease with which darkness can spread into relationships. Weaving stories from multiple perspectives keeps this one interesting all while leaving the reader wondering what will happen next. This great summer read is hard to put down.—Brooke Bolton, North Manchester P.L., IN
Kirkus Reviews
There are more than enough secrets to go around in the intertwining lives of three women connected to a Catholic elementary school in Sidney. Australian Moriarty (The Hypnotist's Love Story, 2012, etc.) experiments with the intersection of comedy and tragedy in her slyly ambitious consideration of secrecy, temptation, guilt and human beings' general imperfection. Superorganized, always-on-the-go Cecilia is a devoted mother who constantly volunteers at her daughters' school while running a thriving Tupperware business. Not quite as perkily perfect as she seems, 40-year-old Cecilia yearns for some drama in her life. Then, she finds a sealed envelope from her husband that is to be opened only in the event of his death. John-Paul is very much alive, but the temptation to read the contents is understandably strong. Once she does, she can't erase the secrets revealed. Meanwhile, in Melbourne, 30-something Tess' husband breaks the news that he's fallen in love with Tess' first cousin/best friend/business partner. Furious, Tess moves to her mother's house in Sydney. Enrolling her 6-year-old son at St. Angela's, Tess runs into former lover Connor, and sparks re-ignite. Formerly an accountant, Connor is now the school's hunky gym coach and is crushed on by students, teachers and parents like Cecilia. One holdout from the general adoration is widowed school secretary Rachel. Connor was the last person to see her 17-year-old daughter Janie before Janie was strangled in 1984. Still grief-stricken and haunted by a belief that she could have prevented Janie's death if she hadn't been 15 minutes late to pick her up, Rachel is increasingly convinced Connor is the murderer. As the women confront the past and make hard decisions about their futures (the novel's men are pale and passive), their fates collide in unexpected ways. Moriarty may be an edgier, more provocative and bolder successor to Maeve Binchy. There is real darkness here, but it is offset by the author's natural wit--she weaves in the Pandora myth and a history of the Berlin Wall--and irrepressible goodwill toward her characters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101636237
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 42
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author




Liane Moriarty is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the reading group hit, What Alice Forgot, as well as The Hypnotist’s Love Story, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, and the Nicola Berry series for children. Liane lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two small, noisy children.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

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    The lives of three women who casually know one another are about

    The lives of three women who casually know one another are about to collide in ways none of them could have ever expected.




    Cecilia Fitzpatrick is happily married with three beautiful daughters, runs a successful Tupperware business and leads the parent organization at the local elementary school. Cecilia seems to be one of those ‘perfect’ women who appear to flawlessly juggle it all with poise, grace and a smile. 




    Tess Curtis has returned to her mother’s home in Sydney, after receiving devastating news from her husband. Tess is not sure what comes next, but she was not prepared to run into her old flame, Connor Whitby. When things begin to heat back up between the two of them, she learns of his secret past.




    Rachel Crowley is consumed by grief over the loss of her daughter twenty years ago. She has found her only real joy is being a grandmother, but when her son and daughter-in-law surprise her with news –it’s just too much. Rachel is again filled with bitterness and heartbreak. Hasn’t life already cheated Rachel enough?




    The novel begins with Cecelia holding an envelope with the words, “For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick. To be opened in the event of my death.” The thing is her husband, John-Paul, is still very much alive. When she asks him about it, he tells her he wrote the letter after the birth of their first daughter. He explained the letter is full of silly sentimental stuff. Believing him, she puts the letter away.




    When Cecilia’s husband suddenly returns home early from his business trip and begins frantically searching for the letter, she realizes there is much more to the letter than what he led her to believe. She knows she needs to find out what he is keeping from her. With a quick slice from a letter opener a Pandora’s Box explodes!




    A secret is revealed so shocking it causes the lives of the women to spiral out of control. As Cecelia digests what she learns, her perfect world begins to crumble all around her.




    There are secrets: big secrets, little secrets and there are choices. This is a novel about secrets and what we chose to do with them. Truly the most heart-wrenching stories I’ve read. I was able to connect with Cecilia, Rachel and Tess, the characters were so vulnerable and their feelings so raw. At times I had to remind myself I was reading a novel. I was not sure what I would do in any of their circumstances, and that bothered me. Usually I come away with a pretty strong opinion of how characters should have responded, but this novel digs a little deeper goes a little darker.
    As the story unfolded, I found myself grappling with questions like: What I would do? Is it better to know the truth? Should you always tell the truth? Can you live with a lie?




    The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty tells an amazing story of three women as they deal with unforeseen truths. The novel is written with alternating perspectives of all three women. Be ready to sit down with a phenomenal book that is fast paced and emotionally driven—you will not want to put it down! Be warned, just when you think it’s all over the epilogue begins and it is so powerful it blew me away! I am highly recommending.

    49 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    I loved this book. It was funny and kept my interest the whole w

    I loved this book. It was funny and kept my interest the whole way through. The characters were relatable  and easy to identify with. The end of the book wrapped everything up nicely. I was disappointed that I was done. I will read more of the author's books and hope that they are as good as this one. A great read. 

    44 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Great

    Great book! Very hard to put down. I really felt a connection to the characters and their struggles. Like all good books, i missed the characters once I finished reading. The book lives up to it's name, the secret was not overhyped, it really caught me off guard, and the ending was not a dissappointment.

    38 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    I can relate to so many of the character's feelings and struggle

    I can relate to so many of the character's feelings and struggles. You can put yourself into their situations and wonder OMG "What in the world would I do?" I couldn't put it down trying to find out what THEY will do!

    35 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Loved this book!

    Can't wait for this authors next book!

    22 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Great read, now one of my favs. Also loved Too Crazy To Live Too

    Great read, now one of my favs. Also loved Too Crazy To Live Too Beautiful To Die somewhat diff. but both good books


    20 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Loved this book!

    From start to finish one of the best reads in a long time. Looking forward to the next book.

    14 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Great for book clubs!

    Clever writing. Especially loved the last few pages. If we only knew........

    14 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    SERIOUSLY?

    Worst book I have ever had the displeasure to lay eyes on. Absolutely ridiculous. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!

    14 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Depressing!!"

    If you like spending your time wollowing in sorrow, read this book

    13 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

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    This was the first book I've read by this author and maybe the last. I was really disappointed. It was a slow start, a lot of characters, a lot of back and forth between the families and the secret wasn't as good as I thought it'd be. The epilogue was the best part. I may give this author another chance, but it won't be anytime soon.

    11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    I leke thr Saraelena pacheco

    I liked the book it's wonderfull book. You are fantastic

    7 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

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    * spoiler alert * The book held my interest but I was disappointed with the ending. I don't always expect a perfect happy ending but thought it was cruel that three people continued to believe he killed the girl and that he would always have to live with that torment. Just sad.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    If I could have given this book a zero I would have. Very depre

    If I could have given this book a zero I would have. Very depressing. The lives of these women fall apart and we are supposed to be entertained by it?

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Good summer read

    Absolutely compelling. Caught my interest straightaway and kept it til the slightly disorienting end. I'm not sure I *like* where these characters end up, but I'm also not sure I'm supposed to. Definitely a good book for book clubs. There is plenty to reflect on and engage discussions.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    I usually read historical fiction, but decided to change it up a

    I usually read historical fiction, but decided to change it up a bit and read this book. I really enjoyed it. I could relate to all of the female characters in one way or another. If they did not remind me of myself, then I knew someone like them. The book is quite funny at times. I moved very quickly through the book. It has a great plot, well written, fast pace. Enjoy!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    It was a quick read, enjoyable until about half way -- then it b

    It was a quick read, enjoyable until about half way -- then it became unbearable.  I cannot imagine people in these situations behaving so callously.

    The topics are too heavy and serious to be handled so callously.  

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Enjoyable and thought provoking!  There are a lot of characters

    Enjoyable and thought provoking!  There are a lot of characters to keep straight in the beginning, but stick with it!  It's interesting how the author weaves them all together in the end.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    I recommend this book highly of three women's lives... Secrets,

    I recommend this book highly of three women's lives... Secrets, secrets, secrets, all relationships seem to have. Lives and characters we all can relate to. What fun!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

    The greatest story in world is the one that makes you feel. I cr

    The greatest story in world is the one that makes you feel. I cried, I laughed, I was shocked,I was angry, and I was lost. These are just a few emotions that I went through while reading The Husband's Secret. I could easily put myself in each character's place. It was a quick read. I found myself asking myself could I have been that strong? And I find I done know the answer to my question. I have myself been in a similar situation as on of the characters. To me this book just shows how truly strong women realy are. This story has touched my heart like no other. Maybe it is because I can relate or maybe it is because Liane is one awsome writer. I just finished and I am ready to read it again.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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