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: 9780399159343
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORIARTY 2013
Characteristics: 396 pages ;,24 cm


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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.

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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.

Oct 09, 2014
  • Quimeras rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“The Husband’s Secret” was a fairly engaging story. I did, however, feel that the narrator was too present and limited the reader’s own interpretation. For this same reason, I believe the book could have done without the epilogue.

Sep 12, 2014
  • HopeButterfly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this book very interesting from cover to cover. I couldn't put it down. Twists and turns everywhere. Can't wait to read her other books!! :)

Sep 05, 2014
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I couldn't put this down. The story just grips you. A few of the characters were hard to like, yet realistic. I would read more by Liane Moriarty.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "At the heart of this novel is a letter from a husband that should not be opened until after his death. Opened by mistake, it contains his darkest secret that has the potential to destroy many lives."

Aug 25, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Cecilia reads a letter that her husband had left for her to open after his death; she reads it while he is alive - what a Pandora's Box! The contents affect him, her, Rachel, Connor and consequently Tess.Moriarty has skillfully woven a poignant tale where one commiserates with John Paul and Cecilia without condoning their actions. How will justice be done? Reading through the book breathlessly is the only way to find out!

I just got to say that it bored me to death.. blegh

Aug 17, 2014
  • CSil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

good psychological mystery. thought i had it figured out half way through but had a nice plot twist. fast, good summer read.

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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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