The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be readMy darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died...Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that lette...

Details The Husband's Secret

TitleThe Husband's Secret
Release DateJul 30th, 2013
Number of pages396 pages
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Mystery, Contemporary

Reviews The Husband's Secret

  • Marianne
    This author has the snappy inner dialogue thing down! She is witty, witty, witty! I was mesmerized with the first few chapters, kept greedily turning the pages. But then I realized that things were getting shallower and shallower instead of deeper and deeper. It was like walking into a pool expecting to swim once you hit the deep end and discovering that you're wading in the kiddie pond. All of a sudden, it was clear that I didn't genuinely like ...
  • Mitch
    Wow. I have been so ashamed of many of the newest Best Sellers that have been released. And this hunk of garbage can be added to this list. This year so far has been an overall bummer for me in finding good reads and yikes...I wish I could get my money back. For real."The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty sounds awesome in theory. A woman finds a hidden letter written years ago by her loyal husband that contains a secret that could change or ru...
  • Jacki (Julia Flyte)
    Cecilia Fitzpatrick thinks she knows her husband inside out, so she's surprised to accidentally discover in the attic a dusty sealed envelope with "For my wife - to be opened only in the event of my death" written on it in his handwriting. When she casually mentions it to him on the phone, his reaction makes it clear that the last thing he wants is for her to open that envelope - but why?Leaving us with this intriguing puzzle, the story then jump...
  • Emily May
    Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora. The Husband's Secret is a decent book, but I honestly expected to enjoy it a lot more than I did. I love mysteries that focus on the characters and their relationships with each other; and I love reading about morally questionable people, especially women. I find complex relationships between women to be fascinating - woven with friendship, jealousies and secrets - but I found this ...
  • Jennifer
    PERFECT SUMMER READ. Full disclosure: I listened to this as an audiobook. Normally I save my audiobooks for cleaning house, but this was so good I took it on runs, slowed down my walks to work, even listened for a few minutes as I got my coffee, ignoring my coworkers. The reader's Australian accent made the story come alive, but I bet it's just as spellbinding in print. Two husbands in this book have secrets: one predictable, quickly revealed; th...
  • Kristin (KC)
    *5+ Stars … A new favorite!*Can I say I effing love this author after having read only two of her books? Because that’s exactly what’s going on right now…I’ve been on a huge Mystery/Psychological Thriller kick lately, and I’ve realized with many books of this genre, some (or all) of the characters are very easy to hate. Which is fine.And so I was ready for that. I put my little crazy-book-wall up and was prepared to just observe this ...
  • Carmen
    NEW REVIEW ETA: Okay, I finished it.I still stand by my original opinion. Three unlikable women are the main characters in this novel.Cecilia is a ninny. She finds this letter in the attic addressed to her, only to be opened when her husband dies. He's not dead. She spends the first half of the book waffling between should-I-open-it/should-I-not. It's annoying. Meanwhile, she runs through every scenario she can think of and also fantasizes about ...
  • Mary Clarke
    I have not read any other Liane Moriarty books and am not inclined to after reading this one. It was predictable, dull, shallow and padded. What was the whole Berlin Wall bit about and why was it included? I don't know why people call books like this 'good summer reading' - a great book is a great book and it doesn't matter what time of the year it's read. This was a book club recommendation and I cannot understand why it was so popular. The piec...
  • Amy
    ***Contains Spoilers***Eh. I doubt I would've finished this if it wasn't a book club selection. I just didn't care about any of the characters or how the story was going to end.It's definitely not going into the stack of books I consider to be riveting. ;-) I'd throw it in the stack of stories about selfish people making selfish choices in life. I don't agree with any of the choices made by the characters. I don't think real people would make the...
  • Nancy
    Liane Moriarty is an artist. First of all we have different women that seem to have nothing to do with one another. The book toggles between each of them. Additionally, the prologue is a quick synopsis of Pandora and her box, pointing out that Pandora was never told to not open the box. Why wouldn't she open the box? She had no idea what would be unleashed when she opened the box. The stories are also interspersed with a little bit of history of ...
  • Jaclyn Day
    I read this out of curiosity (it’s one of the top selling books on Kindle) and I’m not sorry I did, but it does bring new meaning to the phrase “light read.” I read it in about two hours and enjoyed every minute, but it’s fluff. In one ear and out the other. The story is about a woman who discovers a letter addressed to her from her husband in a box in the attic. It says only to open it in the case of his death. Her husband is not dead ...
  • Kaceey
    This book is about secrets and lies. About the choices you make in your life and the consequences of those actions. Pandora's Box....What would you do if you found a letter from your spouse telling you to open it ONLY upon their death. What would you do … Would you open it? Really? How would that decision affect your life? Can you ever go back? How well do we ever really know those we love, those we live with, those we hold dear to our heart. W...
  • Deanna
    4.5 StarsI have enjoyed reading all of Liane Moriarty's books. I was introduced to her books early this year and she is now definitely a favourite. The first part of The Husband's Secret was a bit difficult to get through, meeting the many characters, the connection between all of them, and the different points of view. However, it was well worth the wait as the story came together. An amazing story of the secrets we keep. Lots of twists and turn...
  • Linda
    "The Husband's Secret" is a prime example of why I pay attention to book covers. As I walked into the bookstore, this first edition book with a pearlescent background; embossed black title; and a shattered pink rose immediately drew me to it--beautiful and on sale, too!I was familiar with the author's name, but I'd never read any of her books. My expectations were not high, but I definitely needed a change of pace from the previous four books I'd...
  • Brandi
    4.5 StarsCecilia has found a letter, written by her husband to be opened after his death, but he is still very much alive, and the secret inside is about to shatter her perfect life.Rachel has spent years mourning the loss of her daughter, she is just going through the motions, plagued by the life that was stolen.Tess is faces the ultimate betrayal when the two people she trust the most in the world, make a shocking declaration. These three women...
  • Ionia
    The Husband's Secret is an intricate novel of multiple stories and lives that all affect one another in the end. I was impressed by the way the author handled this, although I must admit, in the beginning, for the first few chapters, I was a bit confused about what was happening and where it was leading. There are a lot of secondary characters introduced in the first chapter, and they were a bit hard for me to sort out. Once this novel really got...
  • Jennifer Kyle
    "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." This is my first book by this author and it certainly won’t be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed it and that ending packed one hell of a punch. I have read the epilogue to everyone in my family to share in my excitement sadly I guess you have to read the whole...
  • Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
    5 Stars!!I can honestly say “The Husband’s Secret” is a unique read! In my humble opinion, of course.Why? Because it was like nothing I’ve ever read. With a clever plot, ‘real’ and relatable characters and engaging writing, this novel was amazingly done. It was very different from what I usually read, but from time to time I love to read something like this.. From the title you can guess the story is about a secret…obviously, but th...
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Not bad, as far as my local book club choices go. The style is certainly engaging and I kept wanting to read more and more from the first page, but it was surprisingly predictable given the popularity of the book. Decent, good for a half-drunken, wine-filled discussion (we have a classy book club). I still think this would have been a good chance to sneak some gay porn into my book club...
  • Aestas Book Blog
    *** FULL SPOILER FREE REVIEW NOW POSTED *** From the moment I read that quote posted above, I was hooked into the story. Or, I was hooked into the idea of it. I was just so curious and I really just wanted to know WHAT was in that damn letter!!!! I wasn't even planning to read this book now even though I had it on my eventual TBR so I started it thinking that maybe I'd just find out the secret and stop there... But the story sucked me in and I ju...
  • Jason
    Hot damn - that was a helluva ride!The Husband's Secret reads like an episode of Desperate Housewives. I'd like to think this is a story of ordinary people going through extraordinary circumstances. Rather, it's simply a story of ordinary people going through ordinary circumstances. First thing's first - Liane Moriarty is a terrific writer, a gifted storyteller. She wove together a story here that essentially spoke about ordinary, every day event...
  • La-Lionne
    I really don't know what possessed me to buy this book, and a paperback at that. I usually buy paperbacks of ebooks that I really loved, either to re-read it later, or just to have them on my bookshelf looking pretty :). I took a gamble on this one and it didn't pay off. I only read about 25 pages and it bored me to tears. A wife is sitting with a letter on her lap, undecided if she should opened it or not. For the life of me I couldn't understan...
  • Mandy Crider
    What if? That's what comes to mind when I think of this novel. This book definitely wasn't what I imagined. I envisioned an entirely different plot when I read that a woman would read a note to be read only in the event of his death. Liane takes her readers on an unimaginable ride, one with a mind blowing ending. I really enjoy books like this. I like to go into a book predicting one thing and then having the author rip that story from my hands a...
  • Wendy Darling
    Well, I stayed up all night reading this one. A well-crafted story that's humorous, but also a serious look at all the secrets we keep from one another--and ourselves. Definitely looking into other books by this author.
  • Jennifer
    The paperback edition of The Husband's Secret is my first time ever winning a First Reads giveaway on goodreads! I read this title once before in 2013 but was eager to re-read it. After my 2015 re-read, I stand by my original 5 stars. Liane Moriarty is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.The Husband's Secret offers a moving portrait of three women who are all dealing with their own personal struggles, and I swear Ms. Moriarty has personally lived the lives of all her ...
  • Bookables Heather
    4.25 if we want to get super technical. It did have a very slow start but after that it picked up a ton!I really enjoyed this book! It made me think, it made me feel conflicted and it made me feel for characters I wasn't sure I wanted to feel for.A gripping story of secrets and lies and families.Def my favorite book from Liane Moriarty.Would you guys like a video review?!
  • Nancy
    Three women and the Berlin Wall who have nothing in common are systematically drawn together as their lives and the fall of the suffocating wall are intertwined. The author explores relationships in its many forms. How ego can get in the way of a fulfilling relationship or ruin a relationship or life. How nothing is so neatly contained as it appears. When life gets messy, we must redefine the the borders and accept the excess. The lives of the th...
  • Carol
    My first thought after reading The Husband's Secret was "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive". This creative and complicated work of fiction intertwining the lives of three families was certainly engaging and has more than one shocker along the way, not to mention the clever epilogue. This is my second Liane Moriarty novel and I certainly plan on reading more!
  • Lori
    Wow!! This is a really good novel. Starts out a little slow but that seems appropriate. The author has taken a innocuous action (searching for a souvenir from your past to give to a child who has a keen interest in the subject) and demonstrated how one small act can change your life forever.It really makes you think about all the little things you do that don't seem to matter......the things that couldn't possibly have an effect on you or anyone ...
  • Elle
    5 starsI finished it. What a relief! It was quite emotional rollercoaster, trust me. You have to prepare mentally and emotionally if you've decided to read The Husband's Secret. I think you have to have box of tissues nearby unless you're me.It's bittersweet, this book. I loved it because the plotline was amazing and the writing was brilliant. At the same time, I hated it too because of the heavy and intense feelings I'd experience from reading i...