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Excellente histoire. Très intéressante, pas stressante ou frustrante, intrigante. Fin qui vaut la peine.
WOW! This was one of my SHUT UP! books where I didn't see that coming. I will admit I could relate to some of the characters some. This would be a great book discussion book.
It was a page turner, but this book paled in comparison to Moriarty's book, Big Little Lies. I was also disappointed in some of the messages that surfaced about violence to women at the end.
An engrossing story, once you get over the introduction to each of the three main characters, who are completely unrelated to one another until the tale begins to unfold. Although I had guessed the secret, it didn't detract from the drama of the story. The ending was believable but a little too neat. The author uses an epilog to tie up the loose ends, but I suppose each of those would have required another whole story. As an older reader, I found the approach/attitudes to sex eye-opening, as the changes in my lifetime have been profound.
The Husband's Secret. With a title like that, you're trying to guess the secret from the very first page. Is he having an affair? Is he gay? Transgender? Does he have a secret family in another town? Is he a government agent? A "sleeper" spy? Head of a major crime ring? What?
I went through all these usual suspects (and more) and discarded them one by one. Then something else would happen and I'd start wondering about one of them again. It kept me turning pages, but I would have done that anyway because her writing is so lovely. In Liane Moriarity books all her characters are so real. There are no cardboard cut-out people, everyone in the family and the neighborhood has a life full of complications and secrets of their own.
No spoilers from me, just a promise. Read this book. You won't be sorry
I enjoyed this book. Yes, it reminded you of Desperate Housewives but it was good. The story kept my attention throughout the entire book. I really liked how the characters took time to closely examine themselves despite what they were going through. I also liked that they took ownership of their shortcomings. The epilogue was nice too. You just never know.
This book is like a good "Soap opera", but only 3/4 of it. After that - boring.
Whoa! What an amazing story. There are many characters who's stories are inter-woven with each other. This book became a real page turner and was not predictable. I liked that it was different from other books I have read.
A good read that I finished in just a few sittings. The secret was revealed half-way through the book, and I saw it coming from a mile away. Still a good summer read.
Starts off rather wordy, but caught my interest fairly quickly after the first chapter. A fast, good read for a longer book. Good summer vacation/beach/airplane read.
I felt like a page-turner and I got it with this book. By the time the mystery unfolded (and I have read better), I was already hooked on the running inner dialogue playing out in the head of the main character. Perfect summer reading.
Struggled through first half of this book (I think due to too many characters based in two cities); second half was better. Generally, it did not hold my interest as Moriarity's other books.
Ah, the telltale secret. Discovered in the attic, it's just too much for Cecilia to resist opening the envelope on which her husband's handwriting has instructed that it should remain sealed until after his death. Who among us could remain steadfast when presented with the chance to see what a spouse is willing to say only after there's no more opportunity to discuss it? Good premise and lots of moral quandaries -- not only for Cecilia and Paul, but also for the book's other primary characters, Tess and Rachel.
Great book! The secret is revealed toward the middle. It's shocking, and one wonders how the book can go anywhere after that bombshell. Fear not, it goes many places with twists and turns that will surprise you. Two thumbs up!!
A little slow at the beginning but wonderful twists. Interesting how all the characters are connected.
I could not put this book down and read it in one day. Fast, easy and engaging.
This is well-written for the emotional exposés, I enjoyed that the setting is mostly Sydney Australia, and the story certainly pulls a reader through - but I was left, at the end, feeling extremely disgruntled. I felt Moriarty was pushing buttons and playing with the reader's feelings too much - and finally, I found there were just too many things about which I could not willingly suspend my disbelief. It still irks me so much that she swindled her way through a whole book like this. I thought it was well done until the "secret" was revealed - then I kept wondering how on earth such a normal-seeming man could have such a thing in his past. Other character notes and plot twists didn't ring true either, and the epilogue that explains everything was just so annoying. Read at your own risk. I would suggest there are more satisfying books out there. If you're curious about the secret, skim ahead to the letter and then go on and jump to the epilogue. That's all you really need to read of this one.
I liked the way the author handled this plot which was three story lines that were very well woven together. Lots of emotional ups and downs.
Loved this book!! Took a while for me to actually start it- kept procrastinating- but once I did I couldn't put it done!! Lots of little twists and turns. Very entertaining - finally wound up reading it all in one day!!! I am now a true fan of this author and have holds in on two more of her books. Can't wait!!!
I enjoyed this book from cover to cover because of its complex characters and emotional ties. Look forward to reading more of her books.
I enjoyed this, and will pursue other titles by the same author. A nice blend of characters, each with their own baggage. The husband's secret was worth the read, though it was a shame the protagonist returned to her husband.
I found this book an easy read and really enjoyed Liane Moriarty's style of storytelling.
A very good read. I finally enjoyed a book from cover to over. Well written and good content. I will read her other books if they are like this one.