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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  576,351 ratings  ·  37,534 reviews
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
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Berkley
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Nov 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Emily May
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, modern-lit
Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora.

The Husband's Secret is a decent book, but I honestly expected to enjoy it a lot more than I did. I love mysteries that focus on the characters and their relationships with each other; and I love reading about morally questionable people, especially women. I find complex relationships between women to be fascinating - woven with friendship, jealousies and secrets - but I found this book superficial and, at times, even boring.

Jan 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One

ETA: Okay, I finished it.

I still stand by my original opinion. Three unlikable women are the main characters in this novel.

Cecilia is a ninny. She finds this letter in the attic addressed to her, only to be opened when her husband dies. He's not dead. She spends the first half of the book waffling between should-I-open-it/should-I-not. It's annoying. Meanwhile, she runs through every scenario she can think of and also fantasizes about what every single family member and friend would a
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
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
Kristin (KC)
*5+ Stars … A new favorite!*

Can I say I effing love this author after having read only two of her books? Because that’s exactly what’s going on right now…

I’ve been on a huge Mystery/Psychological Thriller kick lately, and I’ve realized with many books of this genre, some (or all) of the characters are very easy to hate.

Which is fine.

And so I was ready for that. I put my little crazy-book-wall up and was prepared to just observe this story without really letting the characters in.

But they crept
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nb-book-club
***Contains Spoilers***
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
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I'm just going to leave it at 3. I don't know how I really feel about this one. I felt the same way about Big Little Lies because I listened to both books on audio the first time. And for some reason her books don't work for me the first time around on audio. So I will leave it at that for now. I know I loved Big Little Lies when I read the physical book so we shall see

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
Always Pouting
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Cecilia starts poking around the attic one day to find a piece of the Berlin wall she has, her daughter is going through a Berlin wall phase, when she finds a letter addressed to her from her husband in case of his death. At first she doesn't think too much of it but her husband, John-Paul, begins to behave weirdly when she mentions the letter and suddenly she can't stop thinking what the letter is about. Rachel lives in the same neighborhood as Cecilia and has been mourning the death of her dau ...more
Mary Clarke
Sep 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is the most interesting mystery book ive read, in that the secrets/mysteries are revealed pretty early on in the story; so the plot doesnt focus on ‘what happened?’ or ‘who did it?’ but more on ‘what will everyone do now?’ and because of that, because of the in-depth focus on the characters, their lives, and how they are all connected, this felt more like contemporary fiction to me. and im actually okay with that.

i really enjoyed how the reader starts off with a pinhole view, focused solel
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-fiction
When I read the cover jacket summary, I was highly intrigued. What did this man do that he wrote a letter to his wife that should be opened upon his death... maybe I should do something like that! But wait... do I have a secret I need to reveal... yes... worth putting in a sealed letter that I can't disclose until I'm dead and buried... no... so I guess this won't be something I need to do in the future. Eh, I tried.

But reading the book is something to do! And it did not disappoint. It has many
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty is a 2013 Berkley publication.

I am perhaps the last soul on earth to discover this fabulous author. After reading, “What Alice Forgot”, I couldn’t wait to read another book by Liane Moriarty.

This story was amazing. This author’s voice is incredible and boy does she know how to weave a story together. Three women, seemingly unconnected, find their paths crossing in the most bizarre way imaginable.

Cecilia finds a letter her husband wrote following the birt
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is about secrets and lies. About the choices you make in your life and the consequences of those actions.

Pandora's Box....
What would you do if you found a letter from your spouse telling you to open it ONLY upon their death.
What would you do … Would you open it? Really? How would that decision affect your life? Can you ever go back?
How well do we ever really know those we love, those we live with, those we hold dear to our heart. What secrets do they hide that we can never imagine?
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I have enjoyed reading all of Liane Moriarty's books. I was introduced to her books early this year and she is now definitely a favourite.
The first part of The Husband's Secret was a bit difficult to get through, meeting the many characters, the connection between all of them, and the different points of view. However, it was
well worth the wait as the story came together. An amazing story of the secrets we keep.
Lots of twists and turns with many great ethical questions. The book show
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
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
A husband has a secret and it is a doozy.  In another family, a wife is betrayed by a trusted family member.  A mysterious sealed letter is found entirely by accident and is meant to remain sealed for the nonce.  You can bet that won't happen.  Blame gets passed around, steps are taken, control is lost.  Karma may be a long time in coming, but it will surely happen.  Loved the very different epilogue.  ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Last week was a terrible time for me and my family because my dad suffered from a mild stroke/heart attack and was confined at the hospital for five days. For the first two days, he was confused and disoriented. It broke my heart to see him like that because he has always been so active and so animated despite being already 70 years of age. I got my passion for reading from him and you’ll probably won’t believe me but I did convince him to read Hunger Games, Divergent and the likes. He’s home no ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Husband's Secret" is a prime example of why I pay attention to book covers. As I walked into the bookstore, this first edition book with a pearlescent background; embossed black title; and a shattered pink rose immediately drew me to it--beautiful and on sale, too!

I was familiar with the author's name, but I'd never read any of her books. My expectations were not high, but I definitely needed a change of pace from the previous four books I'd read. This one turned out to be the perfect book
Who can resist a JUICY secret??? NOT ME!

Liane Moriarty's love of creating interesting and tangible characters really shows in this one. Here, we are introduced to several different families, complete with children, grandparents, best friends, old boyfriends, etc. There are A LOT of characters to digest, more than I'm used to keeping track of, but I was able to persevere and get everyone straight in my head, and boy was it worth it.

Each chapter is short, really short, (like three pages), and each
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Discovering Liane Moriarty's novels has made me giddy. This is only the second book of hers I've read, and it was delightful.

I laughed. I got misty-eyed. I pondered our shared humanity and the moral messiness of modern life. What else could you ask for in a contemporary novel?

I can't wait to dive into the rest of Liane's books!

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"None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have and maybe should have taken. It's probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
4.5 Stars


Cecilia has found a letter, written by her husband to be opened after his death, but he is still very much alive, and the secret inside is about to shatter her perfect life.

Rachel has spent years mourning the loss of her daughter, she is just going through the motions, plagued by the life that was stolen.

Tess is faces the ultimate betrayal when the two people she trust the most in the world, make a shocking declaration.

These three women barely know each other, yet they are all connecte
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty

The novel is set in Sydney, Australia, where Cecilia Fitzpatrick is a happily married mother-of-three who leads a seemingly perfect life.

Meanwhile, Tess O'Leary is a career woman who returns to Sydney with her son after her husband, Will, confesses that he is in love with her cousin and best friend, Felicity.

Tess' son and Cecilia's children are enrolled in the same school, where Tess' ex-boyfriend, Connor Whitby, is a PE (Physical education, also known as Ph
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
“He had that starved, frightened, sullen look you saw on so many teenager boys. It was as if they needed to both punch a wall and be cuddled.”

I do enjoy Moriarty’s observations, sprinkled everywhere. Everything is not all sunshine and roses in her stories. It’s more swans gliding on the surface while paddling madly underneath. We’ve got crime and tragedy and infidelity, but we’ve also got Easter egg hunts and clever, informed children arguing about world events. And, best of all, this is how
Karin Slaughter
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific story. I didn't want to read at first because the title makes it seem a bit fluff, but I was on vacation and desperate for something light. Boy, was I pleased. The characters are very compelling and the style reminds me of early Kate Atkinson. Highly recommend! ...more
Jennifer Kyle
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have, and maybe should have taken. It's probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora."

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This is my first book by this author and it certainly won’t be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed it and that ending packed one hell of a punch. I have read the epilogue to everyone in my family to share in my excitement sadly I guess you have to read the whole book to get the full effect.

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.

May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5 Stars!!


I can honestly say “The Husband’s Secret” is a unique read! In my humble opinion, of course.Why? Because it was like nothing I’ve ever read. With a clever plot, ‘real’ and relatable characters and engaging writing, this novel was amazingly done. It was very different from what I usually read, but from time to time I love to read something like this.. From the title you can guess the story is about a secret…obviously, but this novel is about more than that. It’s a story about life, fami
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Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.

Her breakout novel The Husband's Secret sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and has

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