The Husband's Secret Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
"To be opened in the event of my death." With one swift, vicious movement, she sliced the envelope open, and pulled out a handwritten letter. "Love you and the girls...so sorry to leave you with this...cannot bear...."
The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame.
Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.
Cecilia is the quintessential "I don't know how she does it" woman. A devoted mother to three daughters, she runs her household like clockwork, is President of the P&C, owns an extremely successful Tupperware business and is happy in her 15-year marriage. Until she discovers a letter in their attic labeled: "To my wife Cecilia, to be opened in the event of my death".
Her husband's secret is a bombshell beyond all imagining with repercussions across the lives of all three women.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 48 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 April 2013|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 482 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
15 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
333 in Contemporary Romance (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.