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The Husband's Secret

Written by: Liane Moriarty
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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It was a good story but a little slow. First book I have listened to looking forward to more books

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Captivating.. “Bendy”! 😁

What a great story! From start to finish! Loved the twists and tie togethers! Caroline’s narrative is fabulous! I loved escaping into my headphones to this very well laid out story. Looking for more Liane Moriarty now!

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Great book!!!

I was introduced to this author through the TV production of Big Little Lies. I have since started to read/listen to all of this author's books. This novel did not disappoint. I love Caroline Lee's narration. The author has a great gift in writing about children and people. I love the "head" talk. I love the flawed characters and the story line. She keeps you guessing which I like. Definitely will continue to follow this author.

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A good thriller, but predictable

I found this novel to be entertaining and well written however I predicted what had happened almost immediately. There are still some unexpected parts as the story unfolds though. Honestly I was pretty creeped out by the story and at one point it gave me nightmares. A bit of a thriller, family drama, but also a bit disturbing.

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Great

It took me a few pages to get into the story. I tried to guess the secret during the book. Was surprised what it was. How the families were intertwined and how the author pulled them together was good.

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superb

Such a simple yet so real story, beautifully read. As a "Tess" (albeit one whose husband never came crawling back after the sordid affair with the best friend - the soul mates who were always "meant to be" - lasted less than a year!) I laughed and cried in equal measure. I shouted out loud and punched the air, I swore and I sobbed. Fabulously true characters whom I adored and hated and knew.

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Couldn't stop listening!

Love it! Would recommend it is a great listen and very entertaining. Awesome narrator easy to listen to.

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Enjoyable read

Maybe it's that I am at a similar stage and age as her characters, but I finish her books feeling that I have commiserated with a friend and learned something in hearing the internal lives of the characters. Would give 3 1/2 to story if I could, overall 4 stars. Love Moriarty's stories, Lee is exceptional.

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  • Laura
  • 2013-04-09

I Did Not Want it to End!

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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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  • mgn
  • 2015-09-18

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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  • Margaret
  • 2014-07-06

Wonderful story telling

What made the experience of listening to The Husband's Secret the most enjoyable?

The Husband's Secret is a wonderful balance of humour, tragedy, regret and consequences. The characters are all likable and the reader/listener is keen to find out what will become of their lives.

What other book might you compare The Husband's Secret to and why?

It would be a disservice to this great read to compare it to another novel.

Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard Caroline Lee perform before but I am certainly keen to hear her again. Her reading of this novel and her characterisations were faultless. She is superb.

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

It made me both laugh and cry. Any novel that can evoke emotion is well written and the characters in The Husband's Secret are all believable. Any of them could be one of my friends and I finished the book wanting only the best for each of them.

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  • Moonglotexas
  • 2014-01-21

Hauntingly beautiful, a story that lingers

If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

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Who was your favorite character and why?

The book follows 3 women, all of which you come to appreciate for different reasons

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

It's moving as it shatters pre-conceived ideas and sets one off on a "what-if" mind spin. Refreshing and emotionally challenging.

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Elegantly written, worth reading. I'll be reading several more from this author.

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  • Arch147
  • 2019-05-10

So boring..

Not sure how this book is rated so highly, just keeps dragging. Such a waste of time.. Disappointing.

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  • HellyBelly
  • 2018-11-03

Brilliant writer.

Liane Moriarty has a serious writing gift. She takes you on a journey from beginning to end. This book is no exception.
The twists and turns are captivating.
Well worth reading.

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  • Anthea
  • 2018-08-18

No sin ever really goes unpunished

Wow. Where to begin. Gripping storyline, thought provoking prose, snarky humour, and disturbingly relatable characters. I recognized a little of myself in each of the characters. The narrator is sublime. I can’t wait to download her other books.

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  • Ray Bowring
  • 2018-07-31

Riveting

Loved the book and the wonderful narrator. I was sorry that the book ended. A credit well spent.

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  • Stephen de Blanche
  • 2018-07-01

The Husband's Secret

Loved, loved this book - first Liane Moriarty book and soooo looking forward to the nexr♥️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-10-19

Captivating to the end

Found this author after watching Big Little Lies. Loved the book and will be looking for more of her books.