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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2013: Liane Moriary is probably doomed to be forever labeled a writer of “chick lit.” But despite its dopey name, her new novel, The Husband’s Secret, is better described as a comedy of manners and one with a serious undertone. As in her previous books, most successfully What Alice Forgot, Moriarty here wittily and observantly chronicles the life of middle aged, middle class Australian women, suburbanites who grapple with prosaic issues like marital fidelity and torturous ones like moral guilt and responsibility. You can’t help but laugh along with the small observations--“And there was poor little Rob, a teenage boy clumsily trying to make everything right, all false smiles and cheery lies. No wonder he became a real estate agent.” But it’s the big ones--Can good people do very, very bad things, and what, exactly, are we responsible for, and for how long?--that will make you think. This is a deceptively rich novel that transcends its era and place at the same time that it celebrates same. --Sara Nelson
Australian author Moriarty, in her fifth novel (after The Hypnotist's Love Story), puts three women in an impossible situation and doesn't cut them any slack. Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O'Leary's husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they've fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St. Angela's Primary School, where Cecilia is the star mother. Rachel Crowley, the school secretary, believes that Connor, St. Angela's PE teacher, is the man who, nearly three decades before, got away with murdering her daughter—a daughter for whom she is still grieving. Simultaneously a page-turner and a book one has to put down occasionally to think about and absorb, Moriarty's novel challenges the reader as well as her characters, but in the best possible way. Agent: Faye Bender, Faye Bender Literary Agency. (Aug.)See all Editorial Reviews
This one really makes you think, "what if". I will definitely be recommending this book to anyone looking for a good read.Published 2 hours ago by C. atkinson
Hard to follow along at first. Really good read as I kept going. A little bit predictable. I don't like how it quickly wrapped up though.Published 22 hours ago by Dorry
Wanted to like this book more than I did. I hate books that wait till the last 4 pages to sum up the entire book-even if you figured it out before the endPublished 1 day ago by Lynn E. Mitchler
Plenty of good reviews but just not my style. Sometimes a story just does not click with a reader. This one did not make me want to keep me reading.Published 1 day ago by kindlegal
Characters not developed. Plot thin. Some of the struggles of parenthood well captured though. And sort of hackneyed way of provoking thought: maybe it's best not to know the paths... Read morePublished 2 days ago by working mom
Having read (and loved) "Big Little Lies" first, I was excited to read another novel by this author. I was not disappointed! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nanachas