The Husband's Secret

The Husband's Secret

Book - 2013
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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. 

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2013
ISBN: 9780399159343
Branch Call Number: MOR
Characteristics: 396 p. ;,24 cm


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Chick lit at its finest! I read this book in one day, it was so entertaining. A fun read, yet suspenseful and thought-provoking at the same time. Recommended by Angela.

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CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 17, 2017

If you find a letter from your very-much-alive husband marked “read only after I’m dead” would you read it anyway?

Oct 03, 2017

I loved the idea of the book however, once the secret is revealed the book kind of falls flat. I think that's because I've seen this book recommended as a thriller, which, it's definitely not. Perhaps for the first 20-40 pages but definitely not for the book in its entirety. Also, there are 3 different plots going on and to be honest, I think the book would have been better off with just the one or two plots. I also didn't feel like these three plots even tied together well, the other two just seemed to be there for filler. The ending of the book was very conclusive which was a nice break from all the other subjective endings in the world of books, so that's a plus. Overall, the book was entertaining and even though I didn't see the point in three different plots, they sure were juicy! If you're looking for a breezy guilty pleasure, this is the book for you!

Aug 31, 2017

This book was slow in the beginning. Once the characters were introduced I enjoyed the way the author connected each one. I have read this book several times and enjoy it more each time.

debwalker Aug 28, 2017

Wow. Sins of the father big time. Can't believe it took HBO for me to discover Moriarty. So good. This one stays with you.

Aug 08, 2017

I had read this book a year ago, it was so incredibly boring and a tough read to get through with a completely obvious ending and i promised myself i wouldn't read anything else of hers...skip to the tv show Big, Little Lies- i put 5 of her books On Hold. Just remembered after reading Truly, Madly Guilty and was so disappointed with it that I had read The Husband's Secret. So boring I forgot I read it. on the back of these two books all I can say is that her writing is so predictable and if you're thinking the book will be better than the tv show you're probably going to be very disappointed.

Aug 08, 2017

I found this book slow and to me it seemed as if the writer had no idea of where to go with this story. Rather predictable. Big Little Lies was was fun and a much better read!

Jul 11, 2017

I checked out this book due to it being on one of the summer book reading lists. Overall the plot is good and eventually all the characters interconnect, although starting out was very slow. I know it is important to build the characters so that you can relate to them and what they are going through, but it didn't click for me. The ending and how it related to Pandora's box didn't seem to fit, more like tying up loose ends.

Librarian_Deb Jul 05, 2017

There's a lot going on in this book. It took me a while to figure out how all the pieces fit together--but then there were more twists and turns that kept changing how the pieces related to each other. In this case the pieces are: Cecelia, a perfectionist "super mom" who discovers a letter written by her husband that contains a huge secret. Tess: A woman who thought she was happily married until her husband and her best friend and cousin Felicity dropped a bombshell on her--they are in love. Rachel: A grandmother devastated that her grandson is moving overseas and obsessed with finding out who murdered her daughter decades earlier. It's a chaotic mix and the revelation of a secret past allows for a powerful examination of the ever shifting emotional landscape of marriages, friendships, and family relationships.

Jun 24, 2017

Another great read by Liane Moriarty.

Jun 13, 2017

I couldn't put this book down. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Have put all of her books on my to read list.

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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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