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The Husband's Secret

by Liane Moriarty

Penguin Publishing Group | July 30, 2013 | Hardcover

The Husband's Secret is rated 4.1667 out of 5 by 6.
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. 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.37 × 6.39 × 2.39 in

Published: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399159347

ISBN - 13: 9780399159343

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Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from no more than a sitcom! I picked up the book's title from NY Bestselling list. Three women--three stories. I have read till 21% but could not carry it more. There are too many characters to remember each time you open the book. It's hard to remember who has what issues. One woman's husband cheating on her, other one has a secret letter, the third one is a grandmother who is going to live without her grand child. I don't even remember their names. Each woman has multiple kids PLUS neighbors PLUS people they meet when they go out and up till now it has not kept me hooked. I usually finish every book I start but this one did not hook me. To me, it felt like a sitcom -- women crying over petty issues.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Un put down able! Excellent! Great characters, thought provoking plot and extremely unexpected events.. I hated for it to end.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was encouraged to read this book by a friend who raved about it. I was not impressed with the writing at all. Good story but the characters lacked any depth. They were like cardboard cut-outs. Even in the last few chapters I didn't really relate to which housewife I was reading about. Pity, as the story had so many great opportunities for the reader to be completely engrossed in the intrigue but I found I didn't really care about the characters at all. Too bad.
Date published: 2014-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected The great "reveal" from the mysterious letter summarized on the jacket of the book was unexpected. I enjoyed all of the characters. I especially enjoyed how the author apportioned blame, at least notionally, even to those who might otherwise seem like the victim. It made me think, but it didn't "decide" any of the issues for me. I found I kept wanting to read more to see which turns the characters took next. The three parallel storylines interwined nicely, and the ending was satisfying. A recommended read.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly wonderful! This book caught my eye while I was walking in the book store and I am so thrilled to have read it. The author does an extraordinary job of making you fall in love with the characters; I could not put the book down! This book will make you question whether there is a ''big picture'' in this world and how actions truly affect others. If you enjoy a book that keeps you guessing but that is still considered light reading, I highly recommend this book! You will not regret it, it is amazing!
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't read this book if you want to eat or sleep for the next couple of days! I received an Indigo gift card for Christmas and after reading about this book on a online book club (A Bow Full of Lemons). I decided to purchase it on Boxing Day. It arrived on Jan 7 and I read it in less than 24 hours. I couldn't put it down! I loved the authour's use of metaphors/similies and how the stories all inter-related. I kept hoping the ending wouldn't dissapoint, and it didn't! This is the best book I have read in a very long time. You MUST read it too!
Date published: 2014-01-11

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The Husband's Secret

by Liane Moriarty

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.37 × 6.39 × 2.39 in

Published: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399159347

ISBN - 13: 9780399159343

From the Publisher

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. 

About the Author

Liane Moriarty is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the reading group hit, What Alice Forgot, as well as The Hypnotist’s Love Story, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, and the Nicola Berry series for children. Liane lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two small, noisy children.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Husband''s Secret  -  An Amazon and iBooks Best of 2013 Pick  “ The Husband''s Secret  is a smart, thoughtful read… [a] lip-smacking and intelligently written novel.” — Entertainment Weekly   “Who says beach reads can''t make you think? This classy romance does.” — People   “Moriarty may be an edgier, more provocative and bolder successor to Maeve Binchy.” — Kirkus Reviews , starred review   “[A] multi-layered page-turner…The ultimate page-turner. … I devoured it in one deliciously unfettered day, unable to stop reading … Moriarty capably handles her cast of characters, weaving their stories together into a fascinating tapestry… No reader will manage to resist plunging onward.” —BookReporter.com  “Amid three intertwined story lines and terrific plot twists, Moriarty presents a nuanced and moving portrait of the meaning of love, both marital and familial, and how life can hinge on a misunderstanding or a decision made in haste. The Husband’s Secret is so good, you won’t be able to keep it to yourself.” — USA Today  “For a provocative page-turner, read The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.”— Woman’s World   “The genius of The Husband’s Secret is that it makes us start to wonder what in our own lives would—or would not—have h
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Bookclub Guide

INTRODUCTION

 

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.

 


ABOUT LIANE MORIARTY

Liane Moriarty is the internationally bestselling author of the reading group hit, What Alice Forgot, as well as The Hypnotist''s Love Story, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, and the Nicola Berry series for children. Liane lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two small, noisy children.

 


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  • When Cecilia finds the letter addressed to her from her husband, "To be opened only in the event of my death," she is tormented by the ethics of opening it. Do you agree with her ultimate decision? What would you have done?

  • Consider the title The Husband''s Secret. Several characters in the book have secrets they hold on to that they eventually reveal. Felicity and Will share the secret of their affair to Tess; John-Paul guards his secret from Cecilia until he is forced to admit it. What are the ramifications of their secrets? Is secrecy is ever warranted and justifiable?
  • Tess has suffered her whole life from crippling social anxiety. How has this made everyday situations a challenge for her? Why has she never confronted her problem? Why doesn''t she tell anyone about it?
  • The Berlin Wall is referred to throughout the novel as Esther works on her school project. And in fact, we learn that Cecilia met John-Paul on the day the Wall finally came down. What does the Wall signify in the book?
  • Grief is a major theme in the novel, and many of the characters have suffered as a result of their losses. How has grief affected Rachel? Rob? Tess? John-Paul? How do they each cope? In what ways have their lives have been irrevocably altered as a result of their grieving? Do you think people can fully stop grieving and move on with their lives?
  • The concept of guilt also plays a major role in the novel. Rachel feels that because of a brief flirtation with Toby Murphy she was absent when Janie died. John-Paul continues to sacrifice things that he loves, out of guilt for what he did to Janie. It seems that these characters have never been able to recover from the feelings of guilt caused by their actions. Yet at the same time, other characters in the book do not appear to feel guilt in the same way. Consider Felicity and Will. Do they have remorse for their affair? And does Tess regret her fling with Connor? What determines how guilty one feels-is it the situation, or is it determined by the individual''s character?
  • Tess and Felicity have a history of making snide comments about other people. Tess realizes this only once she is out of the comfort zone she''s shared with Felicity for so many years. How has such negative energy affected her relationships with others? Do you think she and Felicity are actually cruel, or is there another reason for their unkind behavior?

  • Ethics and morals are important themes in the book. Discuss how John-Paul, Cecilia, Tess, Will, and Rachel have each done something they would not have thought possible. Have you ever acted in a way that seems entirely out of character? How did you feel? Does love cause people to do things they wouldn''t normally do?

  • Consider the notion of betrayal in this book. Which characters have betrayed someone they love? Are their acts of betrayal premeditated, or are they unplanned decisions that become regrettable actions? When one person betrays another, can that person be forgiven? Or is the damage irreparable?
  • The novel is narrated in third-person and in past tense. Given the intense focus on three women, why did the author choose to tell the story from this point of view? How does this perspective add a sense of mystery and foreboding?

  • Cecilia has been married to John-Paul for fifteen years and has three children with him. Until she opens his letter, she seems to trust him and believe him to be the wonderful husband and father she''s always thought him to be. But when she discovers his terrible, sinful secret, she begins to question him. How well can one know one''s spouse? Is it possible to ever completely know another person?