The Husband's Secret

The Husband's Secret

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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. 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: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780399159343
0399159347
Branch Call Number: MORIARTY L
Characteristics: 396 p. ; 24 cm.

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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 let... Read More »

Whoa. I know I'm a little late to the game on this one but I got there! There was a lot to take in with this book but I found it easy to relate to the characters on some level. Marriage and life are hard and it was nice to see characters that struggle with it, too.

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TSCPL_Stephanie May 01, 2016

WOW! This was one of my SHUT UP! books where I didn't see that coming. I will admit I could relate to some of the characters some. This would be a great book discussion book.


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cmrm
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.

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LindaChesnut
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!

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ncc1701E
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.

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Sansha
Jun 24, 2017

Another great read by Liane Moriarty.

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libraryjerri
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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gina51
Apr 22, 2017

Very good book. A tad too long,though.

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darladoodles
Apr 12, 2017

This book pulled me in from the beginning. I enjoy reading about characters whose lives are intertwined in ways they might not even realize. It is like being in on a secret. This book is also about a secret which the reader may have figured out before the big reveal. But there is more to come.

The women in this book are each dealing with their own family crisis and it is fascinating to see their inner dialogues and wonder how I would react if I were in their shoes.

As some other reviewers have commented, the Epilogue is a delightful end to the novel. Wonderful book for a book group or a vacation read.

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brooklynheart5
Mar 26, 2017

Took me awhile to get into this book, as I found the characters confusing at the start. Once the secret was revealed the book got much better! Enjoyed it overall.

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julia_st
Jan 22, 2017

It wasn't great but rather okay! The epilog was interesting to read. But overall too much details on some of the minor characters. I understand that it's author's style of writting (I also read Big Little Lies) to create this parallel life of other characters but I don't think it really helped the plot this time.

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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!

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bixby
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!

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Novel_Librarian
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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