The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

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31 Critic Reviews

Moriarty may be an edgier, more provocative and bolder successor to Maeve Binchy. There is real darkness here, but it is offset by the author’s natural wit...and irrepressible goodwill toward her characters.
-Kirkus

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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 






From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Liane Moriarty

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Liane Moriarty is the author of two previous novels, Three Wishes and The Last Anniversary, both of which have been published around the world and translated into seven languages. Also the author of the Nicola Berry series for children, she lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two small, noisy children.
 
Published July 30, 2013 by Berkley. 418 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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All: 31 | Positive: 29 | Negative: 2

Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 10 2013

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.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Apr 10 2013

Moriarty may be an edgier, more provocative and bolder successor to Maeve Binchy. There is real darkness here, but it is offset by the author’s natural wit...and irrepressible goodwill toward her characters.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on Aug 02 2013

There is no predicting how the story could possibly end, and I predict no reader will manage to resist plunging onward.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Leah Greenblatt on Jul 26 2013

Moriarty ultimately can't resist wrapping up her story lines with a bow that will probably feel too shiny and pink-petal neat for some

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The Washington Post

Above average
Reviewed by Carolyn See on Aug 24 2013

The plot here swings along, with the details of women’s lives chronicled down to the last broken appliance and misunderstood comment. And murder, too.

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BookPage

Good
Reviewed by Arlene Mckanic on Jul 30 2013

The genius of The Husband’s Secret is that it makes us start to wonder what in our own lives would—or would not—have happened if, say, we had waited just five more minutes before we walked out the door, had not said that hurtful thing...The Husband’s Secret is as scary as it is familiar.

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Chicklit Club

Good
on Aug 26 2013

It is no secret that Liane Moriarty is a brilliant storyteller and this novel about the repercussions of guilt and dark secrets is one of her best.

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Beauty and Lace

Excellent
Reviewed by Michelle on Mar 29 2013

Moriarty will get you thinking, right from early on, and she won’t let you stop thinking until long after you have turned the last page.

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The Courier-Journal

Good
Reviewed by Patty Rhule on Jul 29 2013

Australian author Liane Moriarty is far more than the skillful writer of potboilers. Her compelling characters could be your friends and neighbors, nice and neurotic in equal doses.

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Sunshine Coast Daily

Good
Reviewed by Anthea Gleeson on Jul 13 2013

Reading this book was a joy and a number of uniquely Australian themes were presented. It would resonate with fans of Australian drama shows like Packed to the Rafters or the SBS series, The Slap.

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Newstalk 1010

Good
Reviewed by Justine Lewkowicz on Jul 26 2013

This novel delves into the complexities of regret, grief, sacrifice, family and marriage. The book is certainly thought-provoking and captivating.

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FictionDB

Good
Reviewed by fictionDB on Sep 07 2013

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.

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Reader to Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Judy Dils on Jul 30 2013

The author does a wrap up epilogue at the end but I think the “if only” detracted from the story and was not needed.

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Booking Mama

Excellent
Reviewed by Julie P. on Aug 07 2013

I'm predicting that THE HUSBAND'S SECRET is going to be huge for book clubs! It really is the perfect discussion book. I loved THE HUSBAND'S SECRET and I highly recommend it to fans of women's fiction!

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That's What She Read

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Jul 25 2013

...by the time the somewhat predictable secret reveals itself, a reader is heavily invested in the fates of the three women. It is an interesting study of just how far one would be willing to go to protect a loved one.

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http://skrishnasbooks.com

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Aug 01 2013

It’s a bit lighter than Moriarty’s previous books, but that makes it great for an easy summer read that still has some depth.

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All the Books I Can Read

Excellent
Reviewed by 1GIRL2MANYBOOKS on Apr 08 2013

I definitely think it’s her finest book to date – her tightest and most intriguing story wise and also her best one writing wise. It’s a page turner from beginning to the very end.

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Beth Fish Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Beth F on Aug 02 2013

Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret touches on the themes of betrayal, loss, secrets, moving on, forgiveness, acceptance, motherhood, marriage, and fate. With such realistic characters and believable situations, the book will be a sure winner for book clubs around the world.

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Chick Lit Central

Excellent
Reviewed by Melissa Amster on Jul 25 2013

Overall, the story was powerful and intense and will definitely make readers think long after the last page is turned. It is definitely worthy for book club material!

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Book'd Out

Good
Reviewed by Shelleyrae on Apr 04 2013

With consummate skill, Moriarty winds her way through a minefield of moral ambiguity as her story explores the very personal implications of choosing between right and wrong.

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Alpha Reader

Excellent
Reviewed by Danielle on Jun 17 2013

This is a superb novel that, upon finishing, I instantly wanted to pass on to someone else to read so I could talk about it with them. I think these characters are going to stay with me for a good long while...

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A Musing Reviews

Good
on Jul 30 2013

...all of the characters are interesting. None of them are easily categorized. They are all a little part of us and have too much ego.

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Alison's Book Marks Blog

Excellent
on Aug 02 2013

Beautifully written, the pages of The Husband's Secret turned very quickly and easily, and I could not wait to find out what was to come of these women and their families...

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Caroline Bookbinder

Good
Reviewed by Carin Siegfried on Jul 24 2013

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.

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The Lostent Wife

Good
on Aug 24 2013

There’s mystery, heart and soul, and gritty, real life in the pages of The Husband’s Secret. It would make a fantastic book club read...

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So many books, so little time

Above average
on Jul 13 2013

A really enjoyable tale, if a tad slow to warm up but worth it in the end. I would definitely read this author again...

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Everyday I Write the Book

Good
Reviewed by Gayle on Jul 21 2013

Moriarty is gifted in capturing women’s inner thoughts, especially in the moments that they are being most honest with themselves.

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Mrs. Q Book Addict

Above average
Reviewed by Jennifer on Aug 12 2013

Despite my issues with the slow beginning and the disappointing ending, I thought it was well written and captivating. I can understand why this book has received raved reviews.

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Chicks Dig Books

Good
on Jul 25 2013

Like a great soap opera you just can’t turn off, this book grabs you right away and keeps you turning the pages. Moriarty’s writing is sharp, and her characters are realistic and well developed.

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Charlotte's Web of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Charlotte on Jul 29 2013

In her masterful way, Liane Moriarty, created a story that was utterly engrossing with characters who were so multi-dimensional I was sure they were real.

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Lisa Walker

Good
on May 31 2013

All of these strands are deftly handled, taking on the terrain of grief, infatuation, love and mid-life crisis in a simply-told but honest and affecting style.

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