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The Husband's Secret Audio CD – Unabridged, October 25, 2016
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"Honeysuckle Season" by Mary Ellen Taylor
From author Mary Ellen Taylor comes a story about profound loss, hard truths, and an overgrown greenhouse full of old secrets. | Learn more
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“The Husband’s Secret is so good, you won’t be able to keep it to yourself.”—USA Today
“Brilliant.”—Sophie Hannah, international bestselling author of The Wrong Mother
“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 of The Last Original Wife
“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
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1524708895
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524708894
- Dimensions : 5.09 x 1.17 x 5.84 inches
- Publisher : Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (October 25, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.”
However, I found most of the characters way too sad. And they continued to be sad throughout the book. If they weren't sad, they were hateful. For example, At first I thought Rachel was a damaged but ultimately sweet woman who will have some kind of healing or a new lease on life. But as it turns out, she was a cold, manipulative, selfish mother and mother-inlaw. She is a little redeemed at the end, but not enough for my taste. I wanted more than a hint that she was not going to make her son's and his lovely wife's lives miserable. I even found Tess’s 6 year old son Liam very grating on the nerves. And John-Paul. I just find it inconceivable that a nice 17 year old boy would ever try to strangle his girlfriend and then grow up to be a nice good man. He regretted his “mistake,” as it is referred to. Buddy, burning the casserole is a mistake. Strangling your girlfriend to her death is not. And no, it doesn’t matter she would have died that night anyway, because of her health issue. It is even hinted that it was good thing Janie, his victim, had a disease that caused her to die before John-Paul came to his senses. Because otherwise she would have gone to the police and been arrested for assault! And his life would have been ruined! What? This is just sloppy and thoughtless writing.
There were too many loose ends and unresolved plot lines. How and why did Cecilia become the neurotically organized homemaker, school Mom, neighbor, and Tupperware mogul that she was? What about her sinister mother-in-Law? What about Tess’s relationship with her Dad? Rachel and Cecily’s fates were so cleverly, ironically, and thoughtfully intertwined. Tess’s thread, though interesting, was really not related to the other two protagonists at all. Their stories needed some more connectors to Tess. The Blurb for the book states: "Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret." Uh, no they don't. Rachel does, but not Tess.
And that info dump of an epilogue! Don’t get me started. I found it random, too pat, and gratuitous. It should have been way longer, more detailed and completely integrated with everyone included or not exist at all. How did Polly fair? The other two sisters? What about Lucy? What about Tess and Felicia’s relationship and their influence on each other? What happened with Lauren and Rob? Hell, what about one of the few completely likable characters in the book, Trudy the Principal, for that matter?
The Husband's Secret was a fascinating page turner. But it had too many flaws. It is one of her highest rated books, but I liked 2 of her lower rated books much better. For this reason, I am really looking forward to getting my hands on The Last Anniversary.
The characters are well-developed, and I almost feel as if they could be your friends or your neighbors.
We never know what secrets people have, and I'm sure all of us have secrets (obviously not as big as John-Paul's) we'd rather people not know.
I was hoping for a different outcome for Tess. I felt she deserved a happier ending.
The book was extremely well written, and had me glued to it, turning pages as rapidly as I could, sometimes, well into the night.
I'll be sure to look into reading other books by this author.
What I found most riveting, was the irony as the story careened to it's final chapters.
The epilogue was a knockout!
Top reviews from other countries
The story revolves around a woman who has found a letter from her husband which contains a secret that will change many lives.
The problem with Moriarty I find is how prescriptive she is. Similar to Dan Brown, she seems to have found a formula that works for her and she uses and reuses it in all her books. So they all seem like the same book. There's always gossipy women. There's always flitting from one key character to another per chapter, so that you are peeping into the lives of several different women. All of these lives come together at some colliding moment in the book. It's all very formulaic. Which means these books are great when you dont want to tax your mind, want something easy to dip in and out of, something that will while away the long hours on an airplane or in the hospital ER. But they are not the kind of books that will cause a revolution in your life or change the way you view the world.
It seems to be working for her, so yeah...a light read it is.
Anyway, Great read. with twists and turns, remember it kept me gripped, and thought the characters were easy to relate to
Would make an ideal read for book clubs. with an interesting subject for members or friends to discuss!
Very well written, and kept my interest to the last page
I highly recommend this book,... and I'm looking forward to reading it again ,...