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The Husband's Secret [Kindle Edition]

Liane Moriarty
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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“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)

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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. 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3428 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (July 30 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D7Z4GQY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #707 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better luck next time Aug. 3 2013
By Cee Ess
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you've read "A Casual Vacancy" by JK Rowling, this book takes a similar storytelling path where several people and social issues collide. At 416 pages total, it's about 50 pages too long with unnecessary detail, poor editing and a grammar error at the beginning of chapter twelve (Kindle edition). As the title suggests there is a main secret (among others) that is revealed, but it's at an awkward, anticlimactic near midpoint making you wait a long time for outcome. This book lacked the character charm and wit of her other works, which was a disappointment. I hung in there for the sake of closure, but didn't like the ending.

I enjoyed the charm and wit of "What Alice Forgot" and "The Last Anniversary". I also liked the character development of the more serious "The Hypnotist's Love Story". All three of these were very good. "Best Wishes" was my least favourite (being too choppy), which is now tied with this one. Better luck next time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Sept. 8 2013
By lalto
I've enjoyed Lianne Moriarty's other books and especially liked "What Alice Forgot." This book was a quick read, not hard to get into, but just not that interesting. At the heart of the novel is a wife's discovery of a letter from her husband to be opened in the event of his death. A big secret is revealed--but it takes until the middle of the book for the letter to be opened and then only a few words of the letter are revealed. It was a very long buildup. In the meantime only three characters are developed: the wife, an older woman named Rachel and a younger woman named Claire. The three strands of the story seemed mechanical to me. I read it in a day and a half at home with a cold, but can't say I would recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read Jan. 5 2015
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I loved this novel. It was a true page-turner... and I found that as I neared the end, the chapters got shorter and shorter so I could rationalize reading just another chapter before going to bed. Liane Moriarty is a very talented writer. It is truly a craft to weave such a story-with all of the characters being connected in one way or another. I am looking forward to reading more of her work very soon!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story Sept. 9 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was hard to get into but at the half way point it all comes together and takes off.
An amazing twist near the end brings it all to a satisfying conclusion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a good summer read July 21 2014
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It was a good summer read. The husband's actual secret came as a surprise to me so it had some suspense to it as well. The characters were likable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hang in there. It's worth it! Nov. 20 2014
By Jillian
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Overall I did like this book. It takes awhile to get into it because of the constant jumping of characters and introduction of new ones. Once you develop a sense of each characters story and how it relates to the book it does become more interesting. I actually wasn't shocked by the secret but to me this book is much more then the husband's secret and the plots become less ambiguous towards the end. The last few chapters were terrific and I would recommend this book based on the ending which did give me some perspective on some things in my life. My recommendation comes with a cautionary; beware the beginning does seem to be on the boring side but stick with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Read this book for a book club, and was done in less than a week. With a busy life, I normally read exclusively on the subway to work and back, aside from weekends, but this book didn't leave my hands until it was finished.

The first portion of the book was a little difficult to get through, meeting the characters, learning their connections, and keeping track as the book moved between (clearly marked)points of view, but once the initial meeting was over, the book took off and soared. Amazing story of a small town, and the connection between women, and the secrets we keep. Excellent read, I've recommended it to everyone I know since reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book Nov. 16 2015
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.
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