Summary

"To be opened in the event of my death." With one swift, vicious movement, she sliced the envelope open, and pulled out a handwritten letter. "Love you and the girls...so sorry to leave you with this...cannot bear...."
The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame.
Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.
Cecilia is the quintessential "I don't know how she does it" woman. A devoted mother to three daughters, she runs her household like clockwork, is President of the P&C, owns an extremely successful Tupperware business and is happy in her 15-year marriage. Until she discovers a letter in their attic labeled: "To my wife Cecilia, to be opened in the event of my death".
Her husband's secret is a bombshell beyond all imagining with repercussions across the lives of all three women.
©2013 Liane Moriarty (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amelia on 05-03-14

A bit too much going on

I got this as it was recommended on New York best seller list. I think the narrative by Caroline Lee was especially good. I find her voice soothing and interesting.
I enjoyed the story and felt the epilogue at the end finished it all off nicely. However I found the lives of the main female characters Tess, Rachel, Cecilia had so much going on that three separate novels could have been written for them. It was a bit confusing at times who was doing what and who fitted where. The story did plod along at times and felt certain characters who really had no bearing on the story could have been left out. I would recommend the book and would consider reading another by same author.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Lulu on 02-02-14

A realistic greatly told story about Karma!!

Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I rank this book as one of my top, best reads!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

The revealing dialogue between Cecillia, Rachel and John Paul at the children's hospital.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The tooth-brushing scene with Cecilia and John Paul.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt a deep sense of empathy for the main characters, realising how difficult it was for everyone to live with their own personal guilt. But for Cecilia, I had admiration throughout!

Any additional comments?

It was a well written book and the narration excellent with appropriate voices and tones. I love the connection to the Greek myth of Pandora and how the story encapsulated the unpredictability of life, the realities of facing our consequences. The story accurately reflected the realities of life and particularly, how the past affects our futures and how in many ways, we face the consequences of our actions.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 09-04-13

I Did Not Want it to End!

Any additional comments?

I loved the character development. Their feelings and thoughts were realistic. I was engrossed and invested in their lives. I am excited to read other books by this author..

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By mgn on 18-09-15

Her best novel yet

I have enjoyed this much more than three other liane novels. It's compact and the story gripping in the nicest possible way. Her focus has been on fewer characters which she has developed quickly. Enjoyed it a lot now what do I read?!

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