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The Husband's Secret Paperback – 1 April 2014
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The no 1. New York Times bestseller from the author of Big Little Lies and new novel Apples Never Fall.
"A staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable." Mail on Sunday
How well do you know your husband?
Cecilia Fitzpatrick, devoted mother, successful Tupperware business owner and efficient P&C President, has found a letter from her husband.
"For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, to be opened only in the event of my death"
But Cecilia's husband isn't dead, he's on a business trip. And when she questions him about it on the phone, Cecilia senses something she hasn't experienced before. John-Paul is lying.
What happens next changes Cecilia's formerly blissful suburban existence forever, and the consequences will be life-changing for the most unexpected people.
Fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Paula Hawkins will love Liane Moriarty.
PRAISE FOR THE HUSBAND'S SECRET
"So good you won't be able to keep it to yourself" USA Today
"The story is cleverly plotted, full of suspense and so well-written that it pulls you in from the first page" Sunday Mirror
"Dark and compelling, this is a must read" Sun
"Intelligent and funny" Sydney Morning Herald
Named one of Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of the Year and People magazine's Top Ten Books of the Year
- Publisher : Pan Australia (1 April 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1742613942
- ISBN-13 : 978-1742613949
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 9,121 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.
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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.