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I loved the idea of the book however, once the secret is revealed the book kind of falls flat. I think that's because I've seen this book recommended as a thriller, which, it's definitely not. Perhaps for the first 20-40 pages but definitely not for the book in its entirety. Also, there are 3 different plots going on and to be honest, I think the book would have been better off with just the one or two plots. I also didn't feel like these three plots even tied together well, the other two just seemed to be there for filler. The ending of the book was very conclusive which was a nice break from all the other subjective endings in the world of books, so that's a plus. Overall, the book was entertaining and even though I didn't see the point in three different plots, they sure were juicy! If you're looking for a breezy guilty pleasure, this is the book for you!
This book was slow in the beginning. Once the characters were introduced I enjoyed the way the author connected each one. I have read this book several times and enjoy it more each time.
I love that all of Moriarty's books are narrated by Aussies -- it makes it extra enjoyable. I didn't like this book as much as some of her others, but it was still pretty entertaining (mind you, somewhat predictable).
Wow. Sins of the father big time. Can't believe it took HBO for me to discover Moriarty. So good. This one stays with you.
I had read this book a year ago, it was so incredibly boring and a tough read to get through with a completely obvious ending and i promised myself i wouldn't read anything else of hers...skip to the tv show Big, Little Lies- i put 5 of her books On Hold. Just remembered after reading Truly, Madly Guilty and was so disappointed with it that I had read The Husband's Secret. So boring I forgot I read it. on the back of these two books all I can say is that her writing is so predictable and if you're thinking the book will be better than the tv show you're probably going to be very disappointed.
I found this book slow and to me it seemed as if the writer had no idea of where to go with this story. Rather predictable. Big Little Lies was was fun and a much better read!
Loved all the characters, this was an excellent read. I read this book on audio book and listened to it in the car. Very good reader. Will look for other audio titles by this author to enjoy.
I checked out this book due to it being on one of the summer book reading lists. Overall the plot is good and eventually all the characters interconnect, although starting out was very slow. I know it is important to build the characters so that you can relate to them and what they are going through, but it didn't click for me. The ending and how it related to Pandora's box didn't seem to fit, more like tying up loose ends.
There's a lot going on in this book. It took me a while to figure out how all the pieces fit together--but then there were more twists and turns that kept changing how the pieces related to each other. In this case the pieces are: Cecelia, a perfectionist "super mom" who discovers a letter written by her husband that contains a huge secret. Tess: A woman who thought she was happily married until her husband and her best friend and cousin Felicity dropped a bombshell on her--they are in love. Rachel: A grandmother devastated that her grandson is moving overseas and obsessed with finding out who murdered her daughter decades earlier. It's a chaotic mix and the revelation of a secret past allows for a powerful examination of the ever shifting emotional landscape of marriages, friendships, and family relationships.
I couldn't put this book down. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Have put all of her books on my to read list.
This book pulled me in from the beginning. I enjoy reading about characters whose lives are intertwined in ways they might not even realize. It is like being in on a secret. This book is also about a secret which the reader may have figured out before the big reveal. But there is more to come.
The women in this book are each dealing with their own family crisis and it is fascinating to see their inner dialogues and wonder how I would react if I were in their shoes.
As some other reviewers have commented, the Epilogue is a delightful end to the novel. Wonderful book for a book group or a vacation read.
Took me awhile to get into this book, as I found the characters confusing at the start. Once the secret was revealed the book got much better! Enjoyed it overall.
It wasn't great but rather okay! The epilog was interesting to read. But overall too much details on some of the minor characters. I understand that it's author's style of writting (I also read Big Little Lies) to create this parallel life of other characters but I don't think it really helped the plot this time.
It was really bad.
The writing style was boring.
I ended up skipping till the end to find out the secret.
Was not shocked or anything. It was lame.
Gives me the message that it is okay to cheat and keep it a secret.
Never reading her books again.
Very interesting & thought provoking, loved the way it was summed up in the appendix.
The plot rather contrived, but this was an entertaining read. What I particularly enjoyed was the feeling descriptions of the inner thoughts of the women, messy and human. I thought the epilogue was lots of fun.
I thought I had the secret figured out from the very beginning. It turns out that I was WAY off-base. Though I felt like the ending depended a bit too much on coincidences, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Moriarty has a gift for creating a story plot that will eventually include all of the characters she gives you in the opening chapters of her books. When you know this about the author, you can't help but want to read the book because you simply MUST know how she will tie them altogether!! I was a little disappointed that some of the characters "gave in" with this story, but maybe Moriarty needed a change from her usual action packed stories. Becoming one of my favorite authors, on to her next one!
By far on of the best books that I have read lately. Although it takes a few chapters to get in the groove of the alternating focus on characters, it quickly became a page turner. Filled with inner and external conflicts, each character was engaged in their own battle that tied together beautifully. This work is great for those that enjoy alternating narratives, a focus on characters, and a high degree of suspense.
There is so much going on between these 2 women, I could never have guessed whose husband had the earth-shattering secret; and the impact it would have on the 3rd woman.
I loved this book. I found it a little slow in the beginning but loved how it came around in the end! I would and have recommend it to my friends.