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The Husband's Secret

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  140,782 ratings  ·  15,270 reviews
From the author of the critically acclaimed What Alice Forgot comes a breakout new novel about the secrets husbands and wives keep from each other.

My Darling Cecilia
If you're reading this, then I've died . . .

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something so terrible it w
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 29th 2013 by Penguin Books (first published 2013)
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This author has the snappy inner dialogue thing down! She is witty, witty, witty! I was mesmerized with the first few chapters, kept greedily turning the pages. But then I realized that things were getting shallower and shallower instead of deeper and deeper. It was like walking into a pool expecting to swim once you hit the deep end and discovering that you're wading in the kiddie pond. All of a sudden, it was clear that I didn't genuinely like any of the characters and that everyone--everyone! ...more
Wow. I have been so ashamed of many of the newest Best Sellers that have been released. And this hunk of garbage can be added to this list. This year so far has been an overall bummer for me in finding good reads and yikes...I wish I could get my money back. For real.

"The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty sounds awesome in theory. A woman finds a hidden letter written years ago by her loyal husband that contains a secret that could change or ruin many lives. It also follows two other women and
Cecilia Fitzpatrick thinks she knows her husband inside out, so she's surprised to accidentally discover in the attic a dusty sealed envelope with "For my wife - to be opened only in the event of my death" written on it in his handwriting. When she casually mentions it to him on the phone, his reaction makes it clear that the last thing he wants is for her to open that envelope - but why?

Leaving us with this intriguing puzzle, the story then jumps to another woman, Tess, whose husband has fallen
PERFECT SUMMER READ. Full disclosure: I listened to this as an audiobook. Normally I save my audiobooks for cleaning house, but this was so good I took it on runs, slowed down my walks to work, even listened for a few minutes as I got my coffee, ignoring my coworkers. The reader's Australian accent made the story come alive, but I bet it's just as spellbinding in print. Two husbands in this book have secrets: one predictable, quickly revealed; the other unexpected and drawn out. Each time I thou ...more
Mary Clarke
I have not read any other Liane Moriarty books and am not inclined to after reading this one. It was predictable, dull, shallow and padded. What was the whole Berlin Wall bit about and why was it included? I don't know why people call books like this 'good summer reading' - a great book is a great book and it doesn't matter what time of the year it's read. This was a book club recommendation and I cannot understand why it was so popular.

The piece that finally did it for me was the little additi
Liane Moriarty is an artist.

First of all we have different women that seem to have nothing to do with one another. The book toggles between each of them. Additionally, the prologue is a quick synopsis of Pandora and her box, pointing out that Pandora was never told to not open the box. Why wouldn't she open the box? She had no idea what would be unleashed when she opened the box. The stories are also interspersed with a little bit of history of the Berlin Wall. Which would seem odd except that,
The Husband's Secret is an intricate novel of multiple stories and lives that all affect one another in the end. I was impressed by the way the author handled this, although I must admit, in the beginning, for the first few chapters, I was a bit confused about what was happening and where it was leading. There are a lot of secondary characters introduced in the first chapter, and they were a bit hard for me to sort out.

Once this novel really got moving for me,(along about chapter three) this be
Jaclyn Day
I read this out of curiosity (it’s one of the top selling books on Kindle) and I’m not sorry I did, but it does bring new meaning to the phrase “light read.” I read it in about two hours and enjoyed every minute, but it’s fluff. In one ear and out the other. The story is about a woman who discovers a letter addressed to her from her husband in a box in the attic. It says only to open it in the case of his death. Her husband is not dead yet and so she agonizes through too many chapters about whet ...more
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From the moment I read that quote posted above, I was hooked into the story. Or, I was hooked into the idea of it. I was just so curious and I really just wanted to know WHAT was in that damn letter!!!! I wasn't even planning to read this book now even though I had it on my eventual TBR so I started it thinking that maybe I'd just find out the secret and stop there... But the story sucked me in and I just kept reading and reading and reading and it be
Wow!! This is a really good novel. Starts out a little slow but that seems appropriate. The author has taken a innocuous action (searching for a souvenir from your past to give to a child who has a keen interest in the subject) and demonstrated how one small act can change your life forever.

It really makes you think about all the little things you do that don't seem to matter......the things that couldn't possibly have an effect on you or anyone else.

5 stars

I finished it. What a relief! It was quite emotional rollercoaster, trust me. You have to prepare mentally and emotionally if you've decided to read The Husband's Secret. I think you have to have box of tissues nearby unless you're me.

It's bittersweet, this book. I loved it because the plotline was amazing and the writing was brilliant. At the same time, I hated it too because of the heavy and intense feelings I'd experience from reading it -- betrayal, truths, lies, tragedy, anger, resen
Three women and the Berlin Wall who have nothing in common are systematically drawn together as their lives and the fall of the suffocating wall are intertwined. The author explores relationships in its many forms. How ego can get in the way of a fulfilling relationship or ruin a relationship or life. How nothing is so neatly contained as it appears. When life gets messy, we must redefine the the borders and accept the excess.

The lives of the three women loosely follow the history of the Berlin
My first thought after reading The Husband's Secret was "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive". This creative and complicated work of fiction intertwining the lives of three families was certainly engaging and has more than one shocker along the way, not to mention the clever epilogue. This is my second Liane Moriarty novel and I certainly plan on reading more!
Nancy S
I have read great reviews of this book, and I really wanted to like it. The story idea is wonderful, and the characters pretty realistic. However, I had a hard time getting through it. We knew from reading the descriptions that it was going to bring the various characters all together, but it just seemed to take too long to get there. I found myself wanting to skip pages, and that is never a good thing.
I really don't know what possessed me to buy this book, and a paperback at that. I usually buy paperbacks of ebooks that I really loved, either to re-read it later, or just to have them on my bookshelf looking pretty :). I took a gamble on this one and it didn't pay off. I only read about 25 pages and it bored me to tears.

A wife is sitting with a letter on her lap, undecided if she should opened it or not. For the life of me I couldn't understand why she was being so apprehensive to open it. It
Cleo Bannister
Lianne Moriarty has produced an immensely readable book in the Husband's Secret because it includes all the ingredients of a good story; a believable plot, characters that are well developed and writing that pulls the reader in from the first page. The short chapters; there are 59 for this 400 page book, alternate between three women's lives plus excerpts from an April day in 1984 when Rachel's daughter Janie made a decision which was to have repercussions years later.

The story concerns the fate
Wendy Darling
Well, I stayed up all night reading this one. A well-crafted story that's humorous, but also a serious look at all the secrets we keep from one another--and ourselves.

Definitely looking into other books by this author.

I love the premise and inspiration for this novel:

Two years ago Liane Moriarty stumbled upon a fascinating article about real life deathbed confessions. She learned about Christian Spurling, who confessed on his deathbed to faking a notorious photo of the Loch Ness Monster. There was a famous songwriter who was dying of cancer and wrote a letter admitting, after years of adamant denials, that she had plagiarized a lullaby melody. Then there was the hapless man who, after suffering a stroke, con
Secret: Keeping information hidden from others --Merriam Webster

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Question: If you found a letter addressed to you with instructions that you weren't to open it until a certain event had happened, would you go ahead and read it anyway?

Before I settled in to read this book, I thought long and hard about this question. What would I do? Would I be strong enough to resist the urge to open the letter? Could I live with the potential guilt of not following the instructions and thereby b
Liane Moriarty's novels occupy a space in the landscape of novels somewhere between chick lit (see S. Kinsella) and lives of upper middle class discontent (see J. Franzen.) Her books are about more than dieting, drinking and dating; but still primarily about and of interest to women- reflective, but not necessarily insightful. Also, they are set in Australia, which is like books set in Britain but with the seasons upside-down and the geography even more incomprehensible.The Husbands Secretdeals ...more
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Eh. I doubt I would've finished this if it wasn't a book club selection. I just didn't care about any of the characters or how the story was going to end.

It's definitely not going into the stack of books I consider to be riveting. ;-) I'd throw it in the stack of stories about selfish people making selfish choices in life.
I don't agree with any of the choices made by the characters. I don't think real people would make the decisions these characters made.

I find it hard t
Cecilia Fitzpatrick was a woman with spectacular organisational skills – she was a successful Tupperware consultant, an active member of the P&C at her daughters’ school, St Angela’s, a devoted mother of three girls and a wife to John-Paul whom she loved and had done so for fifteen years. So when she was searching the attic for a piece of rock from the Berlin Wall for Esther (whose interest had just switched from the Titanic to the knocking down of the Berlin Wall), coming across a sealed en ...more
Mike Cuthbert
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Sydney, Australia.

Cecilia Fitzpatrick had never aspired to anything other than ordinariness. She was a typical suburban mum:

- everything in her home strictly stacked and labeled;
- her children, Isabel, Esther and Polly, on a precision course - perfectly calendered and co-ordinated;
- her community life impeccable - President of St Angela’s Primary Parents and Citizens Association; and
- the Tupperware queen of the region - one of the top eleven sales people in the country.

Her daughter Polly cont
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.

This was my first Liane Moriarty book and I enjoyed the read.

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death, imagine too that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret, imagine finding it in the attic while rooting around for something else

I can only imagine after many woman who have read this book in the past few months will take a new interest in taking down the Christmas decorations from the attic this year!!!

Certainly a cl
Sonya West
OMG, this book just left me speechless. The books is about three seperate lines that are all somehow connected and one ripple effect can change everyone's life. The entire books is putting all the peices of a puzzle together and then on action brings everything for front. The epligoue to me is the OMG, because all the "unknowns", facts, and possibilites become known. Definitely one of the best books that i have read this year. Looking forward to reading more of Liane Moriarty
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I am a huge fan of Liane Moriarty and I have enjoyed every single one of her novels, most recently What Alice Forgot and The Hypnotist's Love Story. The Husband's Secret is her fifth adult fiction novel and for me, her best yet.

"For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick
To be opened only in the event of my death"

She found the envelope amongst a stack of old tax records and imagined it contained a sentimental message, given it was dated just a few days after the birth of their first child, fifteen years ag
Love Fool
Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .

This book was suspenseful and I felt realistic. All of the characters' stories were worth reading and you cared about what each person was experiencing an
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
A simple letter, but was it really that simple? A letter written long ago. A letter indicating it was not allowed to be opened. A letter that made John Paul’s wife, Cecelia, quite curious.

What harm would be done by opening the letter? Cecelia was dying to open it, but the message John-Paul wrote on the front of the envelope said it could not be opened until his death. When Cecilia asked her husband about it, he said he had been sentimental when he wrote it, and that she should just put it away.
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About Liane Moriarty

322069 Liane was born on a beautiful November day in 1966 in Sydney. A few hours after she was born, she smiled directly at her father through the nursery glass window, which is remarkable, seeing as most babies can’t even focus their eyes at that age.

Her first word was ‘glug’. This was faithfully recorded in the baby book kept by her mother. (As the eldest of six children, Liane was the only one to get
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