The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

the husband's secret

  • Title:  The Husband’s Secret
  • Author:  Liane Moriarty
  • Genre:  Fiction
  • Published:  July 2013 – Amy Einhorn Books; Putnam
  • Source:  Publisher

Synopsis:  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 letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: 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.  (publisher) 

My take:  Three women, really no more than acquaintances, find out how very connected their lives really are.

I enjoyed The Husband’s Secret. It’s not a whodunit because the reader finds out way before the end of the novel. I think it’s more a whatwouldyoudo. That makes it a perfect choice for book groups. It also asks how far would you go to protect a loved one?

One minute it is dramatic and the next, quite funny. Liane Moriarty is a gifted storyteller. I loved her previous novel What Alice Forgot and I look forward to reading more of her novels. Recommended.

Note:  I also purchased the audiobook – narrated by Caroline Lee. If you enjoy listening to books I recommend this audio.

21 thoughts on “The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

  1. This just arrived in my mailbox today! Very much looking forward to reading it, so happy you enjoyed it! I love Liane Moriarty books.


  2. I think I might have been more interested in if was more mysterious. Great review though. Thanks for your thoughts.


  3. i really enjoyed this one too. This was my first Liane Moriarty book so I didn’t know what to expect. I loved the way the connections between the women unfolded. I must go back and read What Alice Forgot since all of you are raving about it!


  4. I’m so glad you enjoyed it Mary. I’ve seen mixed reviews but was still keen to read it. Those Moriarty sisters are a talented bunch, I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read. Thanks for the audio recommendation too 🙂


  5. I really enjoyed this book – I agree that at one moment it is serious and then quite funny – the author walked that line well. I haven’t read her other books but definitely want to after reading this one.


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