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The Husband's Secret Hardcover – 30 July 2013
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One of the Best Books of the Year--Entertainment Weekly
One of the Top Ten Books of the Year--People
At the heart of The Husband's Secret is a letter that's not meant to be read...
My darling Cecilia,
If you're reading this, then I've died...
Imagine 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 only the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine 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. But that letter is about to change everything--and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia--or each other--but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband's secret.
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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
- Publisher : Berkley Books (30 July 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399159347
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399159343
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Dimensions : 16.05 x 3.35 x 23.57 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 308,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I guessed the secret fairly early though Moriarty did a good job trying to throw me off. Occasionally I got a bit bored by the banal conversation / thinking, however pushing through that I enjoyed the story.
Lots of characters and subplots that connect together as the story goes on and all culminate in a shared ending though obviously with different outcomes for everyone. I didn’t really feel satisfied at the end or that everything wrapped up fully, though I understand they were real and flawed characters and it was meant to leave you thinking. I didn’t overly love the ending for Tess, Liam and Will and particularly felt that not everything got wrapped up there though I know I am being finicky but even little stuff like Liam’s schooling, their agency and the plane hand holding etc. I think if something is introduced to the reader it needs to be wrapped up. Also I liked Tess so was disappointed with her ending.
I liked the sliding doors epilogue to give you ideas of what else could have been.
I did feel that Janie’s ending was flawed, considering she had a doctors appointment, I think that would have been investigated more.
A good read though with lots to unpack.
Ordinary families are not ordinary people, even though we always assume they are. It is so safe to accept that each of us is just 'getting on with life' and 'what you see is what you get'. This story makes sure you become aware that is not true.
People hold terrible secrets, not just from the outside world but within their families and others in the family sometimes know.
In this case each member is clear cut, their reactions are strong and the reader is drawn along each wishing something good would come out of it all. Something good is not always recognisable, and in this case it is more what life is really all about, accepting the truth and growing to live with it.
A worthwhile thought provoking story that is very hard to put down.
I couldn’t put this book down..
The twist in the tale leaves you wondering.... there is no satisfactory conclusion. The author leaves you guessing to the very end.
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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.