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“Spellbinding…A knockout!”—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author
“The Husband’s Secret is so good, you won’t be able to keep it to yourself.”—USA Today
“What a wonderful writer—smart, wise, funny.”—Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author
“Brilliant.”—Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author
“Lip-smacking and sharply intelligent.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Perfect for vacation reading: There’s humor, suspense, a circle of appealing women.”—People
“Secrets can be sinister; they can eat you alive. But they can also set you free. The Husband’s Secret demonstrates this power with one of the most entertaining stories I have read in ages. Perfect for book clubs—lots to debate in these pages. I just loved it.”—Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author
“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.”—Publishers Weekly
“Reading groups rejoice. This meaty novel from the bestselling author will probably land on many must-read lists.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Moriarty may be an edgier, more provocative, and bolder successor to Maeve Binchy.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
About the Author
Liane Moriarty is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose novels include Truly Madly Guilty, Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, What Alice Forgot, The Last Anniversary and Three Wishes.
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Oh, Liane Moriarty. You have won me over again.
I recently read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and immediately fell in love with her talent for characterization and the very Desperate Housewives snarky-ness and hilarity of the dialogue. Now be warned, her novels do have an abundance of characters and usually change perspectives as the chapters change--- but it is so worth it to see the character development unfold and see the unique ways that she intertwines their stories.
In The Husband's Secret, you are quickly introduced to three main women who are at the center of the story.
Cecilia Fitzpatrick -- For me, Cecilia is the heart of the story. I love her over-the-top, hilarious character. She's a front-runner who seemingly has her life all together, packed nice and organized into a little box (much like the Tupperware she seells). Cecilia finds a letter from her husband in the attic that is noted to be opened in the event of his death. We all know what is going to happen here... You can't dangle a carrot in front of a horse and expect him not to move.
Tess O'Leary -- Tess is your average wife, mom, business-owner combo, nothing drastically exciting happening in her life.. that is until her husband and cousin (who is also her best friend and business partner) sit her down to "let her know" that they have fallen in love. How will Tess cope with this news? How do you move forward after an announcement like that?
Rachel Crowley -- Rachel is a middle-aged woman who is fighting the conflict of her young grandson moving (with his family) to New York, in a completely different country across a vast ocean. She is also suffering through the echoing grief that lingers from her daughter's murder many years ago. Does time heal all wounds? Will Rachel ever be able to find a sense of closure?
These characters are so much fun and the conflicts they all face are so real. They are conflicts that many people face every day, but are by no means easy to deal with. I could feel the hurt, frustration, betrayal, confusion, paranoia, and anxiety of all of these characters and loved watching their stories unfold. Their stories all intersect in the end in the most unexpected and captivating ways. Make sure you don't skip over the epilogue. I love when a novel can make me stop and ponder things in my own life and my own choices, and the epilogue of this novel did just that.
“None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have and maybe should have taken. It's probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora.”
**One last note: I have only ever listened to the Audible version of Liane Moriarty's books and I will probably continue to experience them this way because I think the actual audio form of these character's voices is brilliant. I love how their personalities are portrayed through their dialogue and the intonation in their voices.
Especially my dear, sassy Cecilia...
"“All these years there had been a Tupperware container of bad language in her head, and now she opened it and all those crisp, crunchy words were fresh and lovely, ready to be used.”
Is it a page turner? Absolutely
Did I want to read it while I wasn't reading it? Yes. I read it in one weekend, couldn't wait to get back to it.
Did I think about it after I read it? Yes... the ending got to me... or rather the epilogue.. the what ifs
Did I learn anything from this book? I'm not sure about this one... I mean, it's about people and I learned about their relationships and I did think about how I might act/react in similar situations but not sure I came away a more knowledgeable person for it...although come to think of it, there were a few comments in there about Felicity's weight which really had me thinking about how people often don't see past a fat person's weight as if it's the only thing which defines them.
Am I still thinking about this book after I finished it? Yes. I am still in its grips. But having said that, I only finished it last night and haven't started another. But yes, I think it's the sort of book that might stay with you for a while because it does make you wonder what you in fact, might do in Cecelia's situation. Or if you were Rachel and your daughter had been murdered.
I should add - this book deals with some pretty serious issues but I love the way the author presents her characters - the writing is often fun and witty and I enjoyed that.