The Husband's Secret

The Husband's Secret

Hardcover | November 4, 2016

byLiane Moriarty

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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

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. 



“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 



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THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of the Best Books of the Year —Entertainment WeeklyOne of the Top Ten Books of the Year —People magazineAt 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 ope...

Liane Moriarty is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Truly Madly Guilty, Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, and What Alice Forgot. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.31 × 1.31 inPublished:November 4, 2016Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely read this one Even though I guessed at one of the big plot lines, it was still just as juicy to read, and captivated me from start to finish.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Found it tough to keep track of the characters and stories at first but once you get into it it's great!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read ! Finished this book in only a few sittings. Loved the different perspectives and how each character intertwines. Favourite book from this author.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read ! Finished this book in only a few sittings. Loved the different perspectives and how each character intertwines. Favourite book from this author.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! I enjoyed reading this book, the beginning confused me a little bit but once you get into the book and understand the characters it is enjoyable to read.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read I found the beginning of the novel to be a little confusing. It was hard to associate the characters with one another but after reaching a few chapters deeper, the plot pulls the characters together and reveals the intertwined lives. It is a well written novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it - must read One of my favourite novels by this author! I love how the author seem to interweave multi story lines in her novels and then tie them altogether in the end! This book did not disappoint and is a must read!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intertwining family stories and past mysteries Addictive Liane style as always. Was invested in all the story lines going on which of course intertwined throughout the book. Definite shock factor at the end which had me cry for a second there. I will continue to read her books, hasn't failed me yet.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars Amazing book, really makes you think about how well you know someone.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I read this entire book on my flight to and from Vancouver last summer. I was so hooked that the flight attendants went unnoticed when they were offering complimentary coffee and snacks. I got so mad at the ending that I threw my book on the seat and complained how the secret was completely unexpected and that one woman took back the husband. Every so often on the plane, I said to my mom, shit just got serious! My mom finally concluded that this must be some whore book and starts laughing lol. Easy read and a real page turner ! Only downside is that there is so many characters that you really have to remind yourself of who the characters are.
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book. I liked it so much, I bought all her other titles. I am sure I will not be disappointed
Date published: 2016-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read! This book was selected by my reading group and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a page turner and the deep held secret was one that keeps the reader wrapped in the plot. Although I didn't get a chance to meet with my group to discuss it, I highly recommend it for reading groups. There's lots of view points, issues, etc... to talk about.
Date published: 2016-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a winner This is the first book of Liane Moriarty's that I have read and it definitely won't be the last. In fact I went and bought them all, either in print or ebook form. I loved this book! They say curiosity killed the cat. The problem with curiosity is that once you have given into that urge you cannot unlearn what you have discovered as Cecilia discovered when she read that letter from her husband "to be opened after my death". Firstly I have to admit, I totally would have also read the letter and I have to admit, I was in total shock at what was revealed in that letter, I can't even imagine what Cecilia felt. There's a little jumping around initially where we find ourselves involved in the lives of not just Cecilia, but Rachel and Tess and their families and all the drama that goes with that. Initially they seemed like three separate lives/stories until there was interaction and it then became more like one story and I became totally engrossed in the lives of these three women. There were many shocks and surprises in this novel, some pretty twisted karma. And then you read the epilogue, which is kind of twisted in itself, all those happenings of fate and what could have or should have been. I'm not sure which book of this author's I will read next but I look forward to losing myself in another of her stories.
Date published: 2015-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Read. This book was a page turner, but not the type of book you think about afterwards. It was well written, but I found somewhat predictable.
Date published: 2015-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay.. If it wasn't for the epilogue I'd give it a 2. Had enough to keep me interested but don't know what all the fuss is about
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down At the first the novel seems very split up, like how do all these characters mix but it made me just want to keep reading. It was suspenseful and a great read all around
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from quite enjoyable I did enjoy this book but it was nothing I will pass onto my friends. I expected a little more out of it because the title has the word "secret" in it.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good read I thought this book interesting...but a bit predictable. Ut didnt keep turning the pages quickly. However,I still enjoyed it.
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! The Husband’s Secret is the perfect summer book! It is a compelling, fast paced thriller told in alternating voices, of three women who are all leading different lives. Cecilia is the perfect wife, Tess whose life is shattered when her husband tells her he is in love with her cousin and an elder woman named Rachel whose daughter Janie was murdered in an unsolved case in 1984, she has not been able to get over this. Rachel has not been able to move on with her life. All three women are living very different lives. One day Cecilia is cleaning the attic and stumbles across a letter from her husband which is written by him but to be opened on the event of his death, she is taken aback what could this be, John Paul (her husband) is away on business and she confronts him about it on the telephone and he tells her not to open it. Cecilia runs a successful Tupperware business and has a Tupperware party that night where she runs into Rachel and tells her a story she had about Janie, as she read somewhere parents of dead children love to hear memories of their children as they will never have any new ones. Cecilia decides that night when her children are asleep to open the letter; it is up to her to protect her family. John Paul is home quite a few days early from his trip (right after the phone call he rushed home) and asks Cecilia about the note, she finds this odd and she knows she must open it now. She opens it up and what is inside shatters her world, her husband John Paul killed Janie, and the only reason John Paul married Cecilia was because he thought she was good and because of this he would somehow be forgiven for the great injustice he committed all those years ago. All the while Tess is trying to figure out what her life is now that her husband wants to be with her cousin. The suspense continues.....As the day’s progress you learn more about Janie’s murder, from a narrator’s perspective who is like all knowing God. Due to the news that John Paul murdered Janie, Cecilia starts to fall apart. The book as the title suggests is all about lies and that tangled web they come with.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! Well written; loved the converging storylines which come together so greatly at the end. Very sympathetic characters
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great book to read . Loved it, lots of twists and not what you would experience . I would recommend and read it agai n
Date published: 2015-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very captivating read I very much enjoyed this book and can even see it turned into a movie one day. At first I thought it would be difficult to remember all the different characters but after a few chapters I had it figured out and I was so captivated by the 3 different stories that I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know more!
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bravo! This is a must-read. From the moment I started reading, I couldn't put it down. The author did a fantastic job keeping us glued to the storyline as she weaved the lives of 3 families together, all connected by one common tragedy. Absolutely fantastic!
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read A perfect blend of escapism and suspense. Realistic characters that are easy to root for and hate. Great epilogue.
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liane Moriarty My second book by this author. Excellent character development. Baded in Australia, but these characters could be my neighbors. Loved it.
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The husbands secret T I started reading this book but unfortunately I was not able to get past the first few chapters so I closedit and will read it at a later date
Date published: 2015-02-22
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 1 out of 5 by from don't bother A train wreck of a novel that is supposed to reveal the worst case of human frailty fails to hit its mark. Instead you are left with just a bad taste in your mouth because the author has jerked you around so much you are embarrassed you ever picked this up.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this b00k. I didn't want to put this book down. I read on my lunch hour and had a hard time going back to work because I wanted to keep reading.
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First time Reader This book was a recommendation from Kobo. As such, I really wasn't sure what to expect. Turns out it was a great read with some creative twists and turns to keep me turning the pages. Will definitely choose another of her novels for my library and watch for new books by Ms. Moriarty!
Date published: 2014-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The husband's secret Suspense and a great ending!
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interwoven characters A story of three families and a rogue singleton, whose past, present and future overlap, collide and implode. A tale of love, family, tragedy and loss. Where people are forced to see themselves as they are, and wish to be.
Date published: 2014-10-25
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 4 out of 5 by from The husbands secret Really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2014-10-02
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 The husband's secret All over the place but a book you can't put down because you need to know how it all fits! A great read!!
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Husband's Secret A great read exposing the depths of the relationships of two couples. A very unexpected ending!
Date published: 2014-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Husband's Secret Amazing read, I couldn't put it down! This book had it all- humour, suspense, drama, intrigue, romance... My husband is now reading it and he is also loving it. A very worthy read.
Date published: 2014-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Husband's Secret I loved this book, I had other ideas on what the secret was. I couldn't believe it. I liked how it came around full circle.
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The husbands secret The book was a bit choppy in writing. Good plot-storyline...But I was not happy at the ending!
Date published: 2014-08-05
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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Bookclub Guide

INTRODUCTION At the heart of The Husband's Secret is a letter that's not meant to be readMy 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 MORIARTYLiane 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 QUESTIONSWhen 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?

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Husband's Secret“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 happened if, say, we had waited just five more minutes before we walked out the door, had not said that hurtful thing, had applied a bit of logic to that situation.” —Bookpage   “Reading groups rejoice. This meaty novel from the bestselling author (The Hypnotist’s Love Story, What Alice Forgot) will probably land on many must-read lists.”—Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram   “Simultaneously a page-turner and a book one has to put down occasionally to think about and absorb, Moriarty’s novel challenges the reader as well as her characters, but in the best possible way.”—Publishers Weekly   “Weaving stories from multiple perspectives keeps this one interesting all while leaving the reader wondering what will happen next. This great summer read is hard to put down.”—Library Journal