The Husband's Secret

The Husband's Secret

by Liane Moriarty
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The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

One of the Best Books of the Year—Entertainment Weekly
One of the Top Ten Books of the Year—People
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 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 only the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine 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. But that letter is about to change everything—and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399159343
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 64,085
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.27(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Liane Moriarty is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose novels include Truly Madly Guilty, Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, What Alice Forgot, The Last Anniversary and Three Wishes.

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The Husband's Secret 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1062 reviews.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for this authors next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, now one of my favs. Also loved Too Crazy To Live Too Beautiful To Die somewhat diff. but both good books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From start to finish one of the best reads in a long time. Looking forward to the next book.
BttflyofKYCW More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clever writing. Especially loved the last few pages. If we only knew........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Little slow .... for a couple chapters but then WOW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started a new book club and this was our first pick. Very enjoyable. Loved all the sub stories and how they all related to each other. Loved how the author added an epilogue which was thought provoking.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
"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. . . ." The Husband's Secret centers on three women who are all struggling with their own personal stories. Their lives will intersect and the secret that has been guarded for so long will impact them all. This story is told in alternating lead point-of-views. Although this narration style could cause confusion in some books, it works flawlessly in this one. The writing is wonderful; it's as if this writer has personally lived the lives of these three separate women. Their emotions, perspectives, motives, etc. are so descriptive. I highly recommend this book for fans of woman's contemporary fiction. Make sure you read the epilogue- all the characters' secrets comes out!!! I listened to the audiobook version of The Husband's Secret and it engaged me from the first few sentences. I adored the Australian accent and overall voice quality and speaking style of the narrator Caroline Lee. The narrator makes all the difference when it comes to audiobooks! I found myself looking for every available opportunity to listen to this almost fourteen-hour book. Favorite Quotes: "Falling in love was easy. Anyone could fall. It was holding on that was tricky.” Regarding long-term partners: "It was easier to pretend there was nothing more to know, to fall into an easygoing companionship. It was almost embarrassing to be truly intimate with your spouse; how could you watch someone floss one minute, and the next minute share your deepest passion or most ridiculous, trite little fears? It was almost easier to talk about that sort of thing before you’d shared a bathroom and a bank account and argued over the packing of the dishwasher." "Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora."
MoseyNH More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the beginning of the book. No spoilers here, so forgive me if this sounds vague...but I was even happy that the secret was revealed early on. It added to the dramatic tension. The book connects the lives of three women whose lives are static in different ways until life-changing experiences rock their worlds and connect them to each other's lives. The book is best when the connections and complications are building and interweaving in complex and suspenseful ways. It's fascinating to become part of Cecilia, Tess, and Rachel's interior lives. I was absorbed as they reacted to the challenges life threw their way. That said, the last third of the book, and particularly the ending, is so melodramatic that it let me down with a thud. I understand that it's a best-seller, not literature, but really! Some creativity in the resolution of these women's problems would have made this a great read. So, to make an analogy, I'd say it starts out as a good indie movie and ends up as a bad Saturday night cable rerun. I say "rerun" because I felt I had seen it before even though it actually was my first time experiencing it. I did love the Australian setting and the cool Aussie word usage, though. Since this book is about how women face challenges that change their lives in a moment and who develop and change with these life-altering events, book clubs who like to focus on characters and the way they handle challenges would love the complexities of this book. As for reading another book by Liane Moriarty, I would be sure to read reviews that commented on the ending of the book before I spent my time and money on it.
AngieJG More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will not give you a summary but a review... This book is a page turner! You never know what to expect withthe characters. Most books you can almost guess what will happen next, not with this one. At first I did not like the switching back and forth between characters and storylines but it grew on me and kept me interested. All though at one point I could not wait to find out what would happen and had to flip ahead! Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im having a hard time moving on from the husband's secret... it was fantastic... it brought out all kinds of emotions without it being a typical love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, characters seemed quite believable. Occasional lapses into pretentious wordiness but generally very engaging. Fluid management of multiple voices. However - the secret was predictable given what had been set up so far. Revealing it did not end the story, though, as now the characters had to respond to what had come to light. Unlike several other reviewers, I hated the epilogue. Unnecessary and even demeaning to some of the characters. The final sentences were trite, not worthy of the chalenges that had been wrestled throughout the story.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I've wanted to read this book for a long time, finally bought it and so glad I did. This story kept me interested all the way to the end, good story.
Rebel-reader More than 1 year ago
While some may consider this Chic lit, I thought is was more than that and it held my interest. Definitely worth reading by men and women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good story with a somewhat predictable plot but then the author throws you a curveball You dont expect the twist I would reccomend this book I read it in 24 hours couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me turning pages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a rare purchase for me due to the title of the book. It didn't sound like anything that I would be interested in; however, it was an awesome story. I couldn't read it fast enough!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.