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The Husband's Secret by [Moriarty, Liane]
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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

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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Product Details

  • 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'd likely give this 3 1/2 rather than just 3. But I just don't think it rates a 4.
This was read for our book club.

For a synopsis, see the publisher's blurb.

The story moved along nicely and got very interesting once the secret was revealed. It's nothing like a husband having an affair so it's not about some ubiquitous love triangle. I will admit, however, at one point as one of the twists began to unfold, I could tell what was going to happen. That's not a negative by the way. I truly found this story of intertwined lives relatable and of genuine interest. Even though I give this 3 1/2 stars this takes nothing away from the story - well done. A recommended easy-reading novel.
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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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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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Don't be discouraged by all the characters. Moriarity brings them together beautifully. The imagery of the Berlin Wall is a very effective Freedom symbol. Powerful relationships and secrets impact generations.
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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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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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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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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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