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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; 1st Edition edition (July 30 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399159347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399159343
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.4 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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


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.



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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cee Ess TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 3 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lalto on Sept. 8 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 By Amazon Customer on Sept. 9 2013
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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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My Review: After reading the book jacket, and hearing such praise about it from other readers, I was excited to pick it up. I really enjoyed her recent Big Little Lies so I was fairly certain that I'd feel just as entertained by this earlier book.

Unfortunately my reaction to Big Little Lies and The Husband's Secret are like night and day. The description on the book jacket made it seem like there would be a huge secret revealed (and there was) but it wasn't nearly as interesting as I was hoping. I kept on reading in the hopes that there would be some huge twist but sadly after the 'big reveal' there were no more twists to be had.

I also really struggled with the main characters. First of all, there were a lot of women to keep track of and I didn't feel much of a connection to any of them. While the big the secret was decent, how it was handled afterward was quite lackluster and its build-up took much too long to happen. Add in the silly epilogue and this book was a let down.

If you're in the mood for a soap opera-esque read with cookie cutter characters then I'd suggest you pick up this book. Unfortunately, I don't think it showcases the author's talent of writing with the charm, humour and wit of her latest work.

My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

** This book review, as well as hundreds more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca) where I also share my 'tried and true' recipes. **
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Compulsive Reader on 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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Three very distinct lives come together by a series of events that are entirely connected by strange circumstances. A compelling story of love, hate, absolution and human suffering that will make you ponder about your own strength as a mothers, as a wife and as a lover...
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