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The Husband's Secret

The Husband's Secret

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By (author) Liane Moriarty

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 30mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 29 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1405911662
  • ISBN 13: 9781405911665
  • Sales rank: 55

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"The Husband's Secret is a staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable". (Sophie Hannah). At the heart of the top ten bestselling The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is a letter that's not meant to be read...Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband's hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death. Curious, she opens it - and time stops. John-Paul's letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others. Cecilia - betrayed, angry and distraught - wants to do the right thing, but right for who? If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will worm through her heart. But if she reveals her husband's secret, she will hurt those she loves most...Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, or anyone who enjoyed One Moment, One Morning or The Midwife's Confession, The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is about the things we know, the things we don't, and whether or not we ever get to choose. Above all, though, it's about how we must live with the consequences of our actions - whether we like it or not. Praise for Liane Moriarty: "Highly addictive". (She). "Gripping, acutely observed, thought-provoking and funny". (Marie Claire). "The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling". (Good Housekeeping). "Captivating". (Closer). Liane Moriarty is the author of five novels including Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot and The Hypnotist's Love Story all of which were published successfully around the world and translated into seven languages. Writing as L.M. Moriarty, she is also the author of the Space Brigade series for children. Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter. Liane's brand new novel Little Lies - an addictive story of secrets and scandal - publishes 31st July 2014. A sample chapter of Little Lies is included in this latest edition of The Husband's Secret.

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Liane Moriarty is the bestselling author of six novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story, The Husband's Secret and most recently Little Lies, as well as the Space Brigade series for children. She lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.

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By This Chick Reads 29 Apr 2014 3

So I've finally read it. And I'm glad that from now on, when my friends from real life or virtual friends talk about this book, I can actually participate in the discussion. BUT I have to admit, either my expectations were really high or I wasn't in the right mood for this book. OR (now don't hate me for saying this) but this book is actually not as brilliant as most reviews/comments say. It could be any of this, or neither..either way, I'm glad I gave this book a fair chance and finally got it off my tbr list. Most of you with long tbr lists know the relief I'm felling for crossing this book off the list.

So I'm actually kind of surprised I'm in the minority with those who rated this book with *cough* JUST 3 stars. I know, 3 stars is not a bad rating, but I do feel a bit bad for seems all of my friends have loved it and gave it a higher rating. For me, honestly, this is an average book. I mean sure, the premise sounded really good and though I didn't find the blurb interesting enough to make me read this book, I kept seeing it on my friends shelves and kept hearing about it...so yeah, I HAD TO check it out.

As I said, the beginning was fantastic! I mean, I was flipping through the pages late at night and kept thinking - this book definitely has the WOW factor! It seemed complex with 3 stories intertwining though these 3 characters had nothing in common (or so it appeared at the beginning). It did feel kind of weird (but in a good way) and I was dying to find the connection between them.

Cecelia seemed like one of those perfect little wives from 'Desperate Housewives', she's super active in her community, she's successful, she's a good mother and wife everyone admires. She's happily married and has lovely kids. ALL until that day she finds that letter her husband wrote years ago and that was hidden in the attic.

Tess is going through a rough period, and finds out she was betrayed by two of her dearest people. She decides it's time to turn the page and make a point. For it seems she was living in someone's shadow for quite some time.

And finally Rachel. Rachel was my favorite character I must admit, though she's not perfect (and was not even trying to be perfect) I could connect with her despite the fact I've never been through her pain (Thank god!).

So, we have these 3 women and one letter, 3 stories, 3 histories, lots of sorrow, grief and guilt! But as for the connection, you'll have to read the book to find out more about it. When said like this, perhaps it does sounds like Liane picked 3 random characters and tried to forcefully put them into one story, but believe me they are strongly connected. And it's that connection that's the core of the story.

But, being familiar with Liane's writing style, I did have higher expectations for this book, not just because of the buzz around it. Those that have read What Alice Forgot know what I'm talking about. I loved that book, I was totally invested in the story and it had my interest till the very last page. With The Husband's Secret...not so much (said mildly).

However it's a 3 star rating so it still means I did like it to certain extent. It's an interesting story and kept me guessing, there were few twists I didn't see coming and though I didn't really care for most of the characters, I loved Rachel. I really really cared about her.

I was surprised with the fact the author tried to include a bit (tiny bit) of humor in the book (though it's quite a serious one) and in some parts that humor fitted well. Other times it felt a bit weird (again said mildly).

But it's definitely a thought-provoking book. One that will constantly make you wonder WHAT IF? When I started reading it, I had a feeling it's gonna be a book about infidelities and every day drama that could happen to everyone. But it's more than that, and it sure is deeper than that.

So wrapping up, I can't say I recommend it highly, but it was an interesting read. Sure, I disliked some parts hence the rating, but overall it was a decent read. It had mystery, drama, romance, everything I love generally. I will definitely be reading Liane's future books, no doubt about it!

By Michelle Garvey 17 Apr 2014 5

I loved this book. I will be looking for other titles by this author.

By Kuroonehalf 16 Mar 2014 4

The book really lives up to its plot. The reveal of the secret completely shatters the reality of everyone involved and creates an avalanche of disaster and grief that culminates in some good page-turning drama.

However, I had a really big gripe with the way chapters were structured. The way the book works is it's constantly alternating between 3 main characters' points of view/story lines, never straying from this rigid structure. This feels incredibly frustrating when one storyline heats up and then you're forced to cut away from it for a dozen pages and having to sit through currently much less interesting story lines. It felt like I was watching a really good episode of a thriller show on TV and just as things were getting great it cuts to commercial break. It just feels like needless padding and teasing.

I've yet to try Moriarty's other books, but this one left me a bittersweet taste in my mouth.

By Isobella 05 Dec 2013 4

This is a book written for anyone who has imagined everyone else's beautiful lives being without turmoil, faced a separation, done the school run, or wondered what might have been. Compulsive and easily readable, it isn't easy to put down. Perfect holiday reading.

By Helen Van Der 13 Oct 2013 4

Loved this book - Couldn't put it down!!

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The Husband's Secret is a staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable -- Sophie Hannah The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling Good Housekeeping The story is cleverly plotted, full of suspense and so well-written that it pulls you in from the first page Sunday Mirror Dark and compelling, this is a must read Sun If you like Jodi Picoult, you'll love this addictive new book Essentials This is such a clever idea. This is powerful, moving and gripping stuff Star Magazine