The Husband's Secret

The Husband's Secret : The multi-million copy bestseller that launched the author of HBO's Big Little Lies

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His terrible secret. Her life-shattering choice . . . Discover the enthralling story of secrets, family, and the danger of the truth from the bestselling author of HBO sensation BIG LITTLE LIES

'Another masterclass from the author of Big Little Lies' GRAZIA

Cecilia thought she knew her husband.

That is until she finds an envelope with 'to be opened in the event of my death' written in his hand. Unable to resist temptation, she opens it, and learns a shocking truth he has never dared reveal.

Now Cecilia faces a terrible choice.

Because revealing her husband's secret will hurt those she loves the most . . .

But could the consequences of staying silent be worse?

*APPLES NEVER FALL, the new novel from Liane Moriarty, is available for pre-order now*

'A staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable' SOPHIE HANNAH

'Finely wrought tension holds up until the final page' TELEGRAPH

'A tense, page-turning story which gradually draws everyone together in a devastating climax' MAIL ON SUNDAY

'Dark and compelling . . . a must read' SUN
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 298g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405911662
  • 9781405911665
  • 7,856

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What would you do if you found a letter in the attic, addressed to you, from your husband - to be opened in the event of his death? Another masterclass from the author of Big Little Lies Grazia
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If you loved Big Little Lies as much as the rest of us, you will adore this (just as gripping) book by the same author . . . this book will have you hooked until the very last page * Daily Express * What would you do if you found a letter in the attic, addressed to you, from your husband - to be opened in the event of his death? Another masterclass from the author of Big Little Lies * Grazia * The Husband's Secret is a gripping story about love, deception and how the smallest choice can have the biggest consequences. From the bestselling author of the hit HBO series Big Little Lies.

How well do you know your husband? * from the publisher's description * Every single one of her books is a great read * E! Online * The Husband's Secret is a staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable The story is cleverly plotted, full of suspense and so well-written that it pulls you in from the first page * Sunday Mirror * Every single one of her books is a great read * E! Online * If you like Jodi Picoult, you'll love this addictive new book * Essentials * Dark and compelling, this is a must read * Sun * The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling * Good Housekeeping * This is such a clever idea. This is powerful, moving and gripping stuff * Star Magazine * It's a tense, page-turning story which gradually draws everyone together in a devastating climax. The writing is insightful on the subjects of families and friends, parents and children, husbands and wives. But what makes this a great read are the agonising dilemmas the characters face over blame and guilt, forgiveness and retribution, love and betrayal * The Mail on Sunday, You Magazine * The book's finely-wrought tension holds up until the final page * The Telegraph * Fresh, very funny and entertaining, but also intelligent and unsentimental * Marian Keyes on Three Wishes * Fascinating and compassionate * Daily Telegraph on The Hypnotist's Love Story * A bittersweet tale by a gifted writer * Women's Weekly on What Alice Forgot *
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About Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is the bestselling author of nine novels including The Hypnotist's Love Story, The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers. Her novels have sold more than twenty million copies worldwide and been translated into over forty languages. Big Little Lies is now an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO series, produced by and starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Nine Perfect Strangers is currently in production for TV. Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.
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Rating details

559,188 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
5 29% (161,677)
4 43% (243,119)
3 22% (123,699)
2 4% (23,788)
1 1% (6,905)

Our customer reviews

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 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!show more
by This Chick Reads
I loved this book. I will be looking for other titles by this more
by Michelle Garvey
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 more
by Kuroonehalf
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 more
by Isobella
Loved this book - Couldn't put it down!!show more
by Helen VDW
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