The Husband's Secret by Liane MoriartyThe Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

byLiane Moriarty

Hardcover | July 30, 2013

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THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF BIG LITTLE LIES.

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.

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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Title:The Husband's SecretFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.38 × 6.44 × 1.33 inPublished:July 30, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0399159347

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Couldn't put the book down, kept me guessing until the very end!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Great read! I read this in less than 24 hours and couldn't stop until I finished the book. I loved all everything ties together. Well worth it!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it This is a really interesting story with different lives intertwined in such a creative way. The ending does not disappoint so I'm going to try another by this author, this was my 2nd of hers (Big Little Lies was my first satisfying read from this author).
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is the first book I read by Liane Moriarty and it's the one that started my addiction to her books. If you loved Big Little Lies (I know most have watched the show), you will love this book. It instantly hooked me and kept me holding on to know what happened. A great summer read!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Great Page-Turner! Another fantastic read by Liane Moriarty ... I can't help but mimic the sentiment of many of the other reviews below - this book was next to impossible to put down! I love how Moriarty's stories always take an unexpected turn - rather than follow other very predictable chick-lit story-lines.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read from LM! I'm working my way through LM's books and I'm living all of them. Easy summer reading for sure!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mediocre It was a good summer read, but nothing incredible. I enjoyed the style of writing as it was a quick read. I will read other books by the same author, but wasn't fully captivated by this story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from didn't really enjoy it It was slow.. Kinda felt like i wasted my money!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it ! After reading big little lies , I couldn't imagine not reading all of her other books. She's simply amazing, what a woman!
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible An awesome story and heart-wrenching conclusion.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty This author has the snappy inner dialogue thing down! She is witty, witty, witty! I was mesmerized with the first few chapters, kept greedily turning the pages. But then I realized that things were getting shallower and shallower instead of deeper and deeper. It was like walking into a pool expecting to swim once you hit the deep end and discovering that you're wading in the kiddie pond. All of a sudden, it was clear that I didn't genuinely like any of the characters and that everyone
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PAGE TURNER!! Excellently written and deeply engaging. It is a story of 3 women whose lives become shockingly entwined.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It!! Great read, a little slow to start but worth sticking around for.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it this is one of my favorite books. The plots and twists keep turning the pages.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Read this book in 1 day - could not put it down! I've had to read all of her other books because I just can't get enough of the way in which she tells a story and how she creates such perfectly flawed characters.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beach read Moriarty has a fantastic style of characters combined with mystery, all of them seem as if they are screenplays and most likely will be now.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Keeps you guessing, and wanting more.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Very good story and fun to get immersed in.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good vacation book Fun easy read. Great if you're looking for something entertaining that doesn't require a lot of thinking.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't get enough! This book hooked me right from the beginning! Read with a glass of wine and be prepared to go on a juicy, emotional roller coaster!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting This book is exciting with twists and turns that will leave you guessing.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy Read Enjoyed the story line and how it was written throughout the chapters.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it. I really enjoy her books. Always great to find a new author.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite This was my first book I read by this author and probably my favourite one (even though I have enjoyed most of her books). This book haunted me and it gets you questioning of how much you really know the one you are with...
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I enjoyed this read! Love the fact that each chaptee speaks about a different character and that somehow their lives each have An impact on the other! I found it better than 'hypnotist love story' but not as good as 'what alice forgot'
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't finish it Although several people love this book, I couldn't get past all the passive aggressive inner dialogue.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Summer Read I read this while on holiday. It was a good travel book, and afterward I gave it to my mother, who also enjoyed it. Nice twists and turns!
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a story! A must have for your library.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating Had a hard time putting down this book. Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read hard to put down once you get started. I enjoyed the plot and characters
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it This book was well worth the read. I was blindsided by the secret and the ending.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overhyped I think it's well written. It was hard to get through because I felt like the plot dragged a lot and it was boring at times. Overall I'd say it was ok but I don't see myself ever reading it again.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it If you liked big little lies then you will like this book also. Moriarty is as funny and engaging as always
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SHOCKINGLY GOOD READ Was actually so surprised by this book. I didn't see the secret coming. Great read. Well written. The characters are all very developed. It is complicated and you feel empathy for characters while at the same time being mad at their actions. Excellent book - Recommend it highly
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard Read I found this book took a long time to get to the point. It was boring at times and I just couldn't wait to be finished with this.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from did not enjoy this at all it was boring and flat. Did not interest me at all.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping The best book I've read this year, could hardly put it down. Characters are captivating and I found myself instantly connected to them.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting Very good and interesting.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner My first book that I have read by Liane and I am glad I did. It was a real page turner. Very excited to learn about the secret and enjoyed the book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Highly recommend, it was a great read!
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Author of Quick-Read Dramas It doesn't surprise me that Big Little Lies is being made into a movie, this one will be as well. They read like a movie, nothing deep or moving here just light entertainment to pass some time. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must... Sleep... Dont start this book unless you have time to finish it in a day and before bed. Could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another hit from Moriarty! Definitely a page-turner, like all Liane Moriarty's books!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Flat plot, one dimensional characters This was the second book from this author I tried to read and it was basically the same, formulaic set up as her other books. I quit after 2 chapters.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Woahhh It was quite the page turner, and it is a very hard book to put down!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting! This was the first Liane Morarity novel that I read. I could not put it down and because of this my husband went to Chapters the next day and bought me more! Definitely recommend this one!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read Liane is an amazing writer I love all her books!!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I loved the storyline. I would recommend reading this novel.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read!!! This was another great book from this author. Great characters and great storyline.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't put down! Hard to put this book down, its an excellent read!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book! This is an excellent story and the writing is kept at a good pace. I would highly recommend this to all my friends.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great book by Moriarty! Just finished this and oh boy! Not as thrilling as Big Little Lies but amazing nonetheless. The ending was satisfying. I kinda saw it coming but it was really satisfying. Give it a go!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a Fun Read! This book is the best book to read on a vacation. It's fast, fun and keeps you wanting to read the next page!
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC! I picked this book for our book club and was loved by all. It was definitely suspenseful and exciting. It keep me on my toes the whole time and I COULD NOT put the book down. I have read a couple of her other books and they are just as great! Take the time to read this if you want a great story!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book The first I read by this author - love it. And ended up all her other work. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's OK I bought this after reading Big Little Lies and I can't say I liked it as much. The story is good, but I had such high expectations after BLL that I felt like I was being let down.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book. I loved this book. It's not meant to be great literature but is such a fun, chatty, real kind of book that i was totally engaged from start to finish? If you've been to Sydney, Australia, you'll recognize some of the characters and places that she describes. If not, you'll want to go just to see if it's really so. Lianne Moriarty has replaced Sophie Kinsella as my go-to read for escapist, relaxing fiction. Moriarty's books always have a surprise or a twist in them that keeps me on my toes and this was one of her best. I enjoyed them all although "Truly, Madly, Guilty" was a bit of a disappointment.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling What an amazing book! This was my first by this author, and I was hooked from the first chapter! The story follows three very different women, whose lives end up intertwining in unexpected ways. A great read! Will definitely be looking for more from this author.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I took this book with me on vacation, it was a great book to read while sitting poolside. It was a little predictable, but overall it was a good read! Would recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing, predictable I wanted to like it. I'd waited to read it for a long time and was excited to finally have it. Then I opened it. From the very beginning, I felt confused and overwhelmed with information. I'm all for alternating viewpoints but when the author switches to new characters at every chapter, it become very hard to patient. At the same time, the characters seemed excessively "chatty, in their heads", probably with some undiagnosed form of ADHD. They would jump from topic to topic before ever getting to the point. I vowed that I would give it to chapter 15 before giving up. Right at the end of chapter 15, the husband's secret was revealed...but hadn't we all already guessed this secret? It wasn't a big surprise to me. From there I skimmed. I really wasn't invested in any of the characters enough to find out what happened to them. They were all pretty one-dimensional and predictable. Towards the end, I felt like I was reading a Picoult-wannabe that failed. I actually found the epilogue to be the most enjoyable part of the book. I have a couple more of Lianne Moriarty's books but I am hesitant to invest any more time or energy into reading her. I'm going to pay close attention to their reviews and then decide whether to give them a try or trade them in to the local used bookstore. It is very disappointing to hate a book with so many raving, 5 star reviews.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I did not like this book. This was not a good book. It was boring most of the time. There was nothing interesting about it.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!!! This is a great book! After reading it for a book club, I have since read 3-4 other Liane Moriarty books (which have all been fantastic). If you like any of her books, you will definitely love this one! I couldn't put this book down-I read it in about 3 days.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Overall Read I really enjoyed this book. It was one that I could definitely not put down. She wrote it in a way that made it relatable to all of the characters. There was a moment where you saw the main secret coming out but the other twists and turns were well worth the wait. Read all the little extras as well as I could not get enough!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Overall Read I really enjoyed this book. It was one that I could definitely not put down. She wrote it in a way that made it relatable to all of the characters. There was a moment where you saw the main secret coming out but the other twists and turns were well worth the wait. Read all the little extras as well as I could not get enough!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An average read It's a decent book, but nothing overly impressive. I guess the word 'secret' raised my expectations a little too much. While I wouldn't go ahead and recommend it to every one of my friends, I think it's a pretty good book for book club discussions. Most of the characters think and act in ways that one could find either relatable or debatable. I am not charmed, but I definitely don't regret reading it.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked that there were so many stories and finding how they intertwine was really interesting. Every chapter was something different and from a different point of view so it really makes you want to keep reading.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Not as good as Big Little Lies but well written #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping Very well written putting your heart in Cecilia and feel her pain. Enjoyable and a must read
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling Masterful story telling. Hard to put this book down.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing You will be hooked and not able to put the book down. I loved the suspense and how all the stories are connected. It is defiantly a must read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good read! This was one of my favorite books that I read last year! I would easily read it again too. It was captivating and held my attention until the very end!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was awesome I loved how it went from one character to another, and i loved all their stories. Great ending but I was a little upset when one of the characters was going to give up her career after an accident.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I love the way the author writes, the metaphors she uses. There are many stories that slowly begin to knit together. Lots of suspense that keeps you going! Great Book.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I did like it, and The Husband's Secret is a decent book, but I honestly expected to enjoy it a lot more than I did.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever! This author is amazing. All of her stories are different, original and there's always a twist at the end. The suspense is nice and keeps you going trough all of the story.
Date published: 2016-12-07
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 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

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

“Spellbinding...A knockout!”—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author“The Husband’s Secret is so good, you won’t be able to keep it to yourself.”—USA Today“Brilliant.”—Sophie Hannah, international bestselling author of The Wrong Mother“Lip-smacking and sharply intelligent.”—Entertainment Weekly“Perfect for vacation reading: There’s humor, suspense, a circle of appealing women.”—People“Secrets can be sinister; they can eat you alive. But they can also set you free. The Husband’s Secret demonstrates this power with one of the most entertaining stories I have read in ages. Perfect for book clubs—lots to debate in these pages. I just loved it.”—Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Original Wife“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“Reading groups rejoice. This meaty novel from the bestselling author will probably land on many must-read lists.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram“Moriarty may be an edgier, more provocative and bolder successor to Maeve Binchy.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)