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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Mar 22, 2015
  • bookster1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good summer or airplane read.

Mar 10, 2015
  • dairyqueen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I could not put this book down and read it in one day. Fast, easy and engaging.

Feb 17, 2015
  • modestgoddess rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is well-written for the emotional exposés, I enjoyed that the setting is mostly Sydney Australia, and the story certainly pulls a reader through - but I was left, at the end, feeling extremely disgruntled. I felt Moriarty was pushing buttons and playing with the reader's feelings too much - and finally, I found there were just too many things about which I could not willingly suspend my disbelief. It still irks me so much that she swindled her way through a whole book like this. I thought it was well done until the "secret" was revealed - then I kept wondering how on earth such a normal-seeming man could have such a thing in his past. Other character notes and plot twists didn't ring true either, and the epilogue that explains everything was just so annoying. Read at your own risk. I would suggest there are more satisfying books out there. If you're curious about the secret, skim ahead to the letter and then go on and jump to the epilogue. That's all you really need to read of this one.

Feb 17, 2015
  • gymgurl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked the way the author handled this plot which was three story lines that were very well woven together. Lots of emotional ups and downs.

Feb 14, 2015
  • geminigem rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book!! Took a while for me to actually start it- kept procrastinating- but once I did I couldn't put it done!! Lots of little twists and turns. Very entertaining - finally wound up reading it all in one day!!! I am now a true fan of this author and have holds in on two more of her books. Can't wait!!!

Feb 05, 2015
  • elmoskippy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book from cover to cover because of its complex characters and emotional ties. Look forward to reading more of her books.

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!

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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
  • 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!

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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Jul 21, 2014
  • KathysReading rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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