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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405911662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405911665
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,734 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Husband's Secret is a staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable (Sophie Hannah)

The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling (Good Housekeeping)

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)

If you like Jodi Picoult, you'll love this addictive new book (Essentials)

This is such a clever idea. This is powerful, moving and gripping stuff (Star Magazine)

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To be opened in the event of my death. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 jumps to another woman, Tess, whose husband has fallen in love with someone else. Shocked and distraught, Tess makes immediate plans to go and stay with her mother in Sydney, taking her young son with her. Then we move onto a third woman, Rachel, whose much loved daughter died many years previously and whose life now centres on her grandson. Shortly, the three women's lives will intersect and the secret that Cecilia's husband has been guarding for so long will impact on them all.

Despite strong word of mouth, I wasn't expecting a lot from this book, having once tried to read another by this Australian author and giving up on it. But I absolutely devoured The Husband's Secret. From the first chapter I was gripped and I read it in two settings. I worried about the characters - I even woke up in the middle of the night wondering how the author could possibly resolve the events that she'd set in motion. This isn't epic literature, but it's incredibly readable and totally gripping - the kind of book you want for a long plane flight.
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…and now I do. Am I disappointed? Only slightly.

For awhile there it felt like wherever I looked I saw the cover of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, taunting me. Every book-email and internet sidebar dangled the secret in front of me like a mouth-watering chocolate fudge cake (an M&S one no less). I had tried to be strong and to convince myself that I didn’t need or want to know the secret and that it was probably something unsavoury or uninteresting or un-something else but the temptation was far too much in the end. Apart from being a little insight into why I have had so many failed diet attempts I like to think that it demonstrates an admirable thirst for knowledge.

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has lived many years blissfully unaware that her mild-mannered husband, John-Paul, harbours a life-changing secret until the day she discovers a letter addressed to herself, to be opened in the event of his death. What she reads in her husband’s letter leaves her reeling, as everything she thought she knew about her well-ordered life and the person she loves comes crashing down around her.

I thought that the build up to the revelation of John Paul’s secret was brilliant. Moriarty certainly knows how to tease her readers into a desperate frenzy and although I managed to refrain from actually shouting out loud ‘just tell me’ I was extremely close on more than one occasion! As well as Cecilia’s ongoing battle with her conscience, one of Moriarty’s stalling tactics was to introduce a second female protagonist, in the form of happily married Tess, who despite having an unshakable faith in her relationship is about to find out about her own husband’s betrayal.
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when I started the book I didn't think I would like it as I thought it was a romance. I am so glad I stuck with it. This is one of the best books I have read.
Beautifully written, I honestly feel I know the characters.
Bittersweet, tragic, heart breaking, funny.
I will be reading everything this author has written. Highly recommended.
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Finally. Finally, finally, finally. A book that lives up to its praise. This was genuinely one of those books I could not put down and, when I had to, I could not wait to get back to. From start to finish, it gripped me and had me intrigued.

This is one of those books that definitely leaves you thinking, "What would I do?". What would I do if I were Cecilia, Rachel, or Tess? How would I react? What would I want? What ultimate decision would I make?

Each of the stories intertwines beautifully to bring together a complete story of three women interconnected by one terrible secret. The husband's secret. I remember when the secret was finally revealed and I felt this strange numbness. Almost like I knew that was going to be the secret, when in all reality I did not.

While the book did raise questions for me - "How could Cecilia react the way she did to that secret when she was so willing to jump to the sexual abuse conclusion earlier?" "Why did Rachel choose what she chose in the end?" "Why didn't Cecilia immediately worry about her and her daughters' own safety?" it also reminded me what a difference a day, a week, a SECOND can make in someone's life. One minute you're blissfully unaware. The next minute your life is changed forevermore.

I think there may have also been a bit of the personal element in it for me. Having had a close friend who was murdered 20 years after the character in the story but in the same way and in the same suburb touched such a raw nerve for me that I was very intrigued with Rachel's story.

This is one of those books that really does make you wish there were more pages at the end.
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