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Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. 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. **** I found it easy to guess the husband's secret before his wife read the letter. It is difficult to find anyone in this book who can claim the moral high ground. Another husband is emotionally unfaithful. His wife who drags her son away from his home abruptly and jumps into bed with an old flame. The denouement seems artificial and largely unbelievable. Years and years of pain are resolved much to easily. Sorry... Cannot recommend
Decent, if a little too long and wordy in some areas but the twists were good.
I really liked this book......shocking bits, maybe things I should have expected but I didn't! Great reader!
This is the second book I have read from this author. The first was Big Little Lies and I loved it, I loved this book too. The characters are likeable and the story is interesting. I like how the characters storylines intertwine too, just like in Big Little Lies. I really like Liane Moriarty's writing style. And I love the ending (epilogue), it was very clever!
This is the first book I've read by Liane Moriarty and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I really like how she wove characters' stories around the theme of the Berlin Wall. Very cleverly written and full of suspense! I found it very hard to put this one down. I can't wait to read more of her novels.
My least favorite novel by Moriarty. There were too many ifs and buts, which appeared to turn into excuses, and then a lot of pain and misery because of them.
I got tired of seeing Moriarty's books everywhere and not knowing what all of the love was about, so I started with this one. Greatly enjoyable and readable, and I liked the twists and turns and the brilliant epilogue that tied up what didn't even need tying. I will definitely try more of hers.
I could sympathize with all the characters to an extent, but I felt myself getting frustrated with most of the characters as well as the book continued. I found Rachel the most difficult to relate to as she was so negative towards her remaining family. All that being said, I thought the twist was really good, and my question of how the book was going to resolve kept me intrigued. I did like Tess and Celia for the most part, but sometimes got bored with their stories and was glad when the book began to escalate. This was the first Liane Moriarty book I have read, and I am ultimately glad I read it because I am now better able to understand what readers enjoy about her writing.
I wouldn't call this a "light read" in the emotional sense. Characters in this book work through death and grief, infidelity and betrayal, disappointments and bitterness. Moriarty's gift is not making the dark "too dark" or the heavy "too heavy," but a side effect to this can be shallow character development. Still, she also does a nice job of portraying average humans being a mess and trying, on some level, to do better. Sort of. Several characters fall far (far) short of the "know better, do better" benchmark in The Husband's Secret.
I did overall appreciate it and it kept me entertained for a couple days in audio, but saying that "I really liked it" would be going a bit too far. I much preferred What Alice Forgot or Big Little Lies when all was said and done.
This book was recommended as a "light read" and "entertaining". In some ways it lived up to that description, but in the end I found the characters did not come to life for me and the ending seemed cheap - the author refused to take a stance with her characters, left them bound by experiences that she ultimately denied. I think her point was to underscore the role of belief and perspective but it felt contrived.
Initially this book was a little slow for me and I had to push myself to keep going until it got to the interesting part. After that I kept going because the inner dialogues are very entertaining and interesting to say the least.
I am not sure if I liked any of the female characters, even though their stories are interesting and somewhat interconnected. The bulk of the story is about what's in that letter and how it plays out with all these characters.
I did enjoy the complex relationships between some of the characters. Nothing is really what it seems nor is it as simple as we are often lead to believe in other books and Hollywood. Like Tess, Will and Felicity's close but complicated history and relationships.
The epilogue....of what could of been. I wasn't a fan, better to have left it off without knowing the optimistic futures the characters would have had, had the future happened differently.
Started reading this book to find out the "secret". I continued reading to see how the "secret" would impact the other women in this book. I found the ending anti-climactic although I don't know what else would have been a preferred solution given all the facts surrounding all the women's lives.
Could not put it down!! One of my favourites by her. Makes you think about what you would do if placed in the protagonists position. I found the characters relatable and understandable. Chick lit with a bit of thrill.
Once the seemingly separate stories begin to entwine & you realize how each person's prejudices & actions affect the others, it becomes very compelling.
There's a bit more emphasis on the sex than necessary, but overall a very enjoyable read.
Superb. The characters are well written and easily recognizable -- although I recommend making a list of them, à la Agatha Christie. I was completely absorbed and finished it in a day.
I didn't want to read this book. I thought it was chick lit but a friend insisted that I read it and I was surprised. This was an absorbing book which made you question how you would behave in the circumstances the three main female characters find themselves. An above average read.
Interesting premise dealing with secrets, guilt, and relationships. Set in Australia (the book on CD reader had a great accent which added to the experience) with several different storylines converging over time. I found the characters a bit tiresome at times but overall it was an enjoyable and quick read.
If you find a letter from your very-much-alive husband marked “read only after I’m dead” would you read it anyway?