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Liane Moriarty
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29 Aug 2013

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

At the heart of the top ten bestselling The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is a letter that's not meant to be read . . .

Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband's hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death.

Curious, she opens it - and time stops.

John-Paul's letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others.

Cecilia - betrayed, angry and distraught - wants to do the right thing, but right for who? If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will worm through her heart. But if she reveals her husband's secret, she will hurt those she loves most . . .

Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, or anyone who enjoyed One Moment, One Morning or The Midwife's Confession, The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is about the things we know, the things we don't, and whether or not we ever get to choose. Above all, though, it's about how we must live with the consequences of our actions - whether we like it or not.

Praise for Liane Moriarty:

'Highly addictive' She

'Gripping, acutely observed, thought-provoking and funny' Marie Claire

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

'Captivating' Closer

Liane Moriarty is the best-selling author of six novels including Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story, The Husband's Secret and Little Lies, all of which were published successfully around the world and translated into seven languages. Writing as L.M. Moriarty, she is also the author of the Space Brigade series for children. Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.

*Liane's brand new novel Little Lies - an addictive story of secrets and scandal - is out now. A sample chapter of Little Lies is included in this latest edition of The Husband's Secret.


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405911662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405911665
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.9 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,455 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60 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)

About the Author

Liane Moriarty is the bestselling author of six novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story, The Husband's Secret and most recently Little Lies, as well as the Space Brigade series for children. She lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.

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655 of 690 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "can't put down" read 31 July 2013
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I needed to know... 7 Aug 2014
By Lydia
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
…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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE HUSBAND'S SECRET 18 Nov 2013
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Cecilia's life changes dramatically when the mother of three daughters finds a letter in the attic. Written by her husband Jean-Paul it states that it is to be read after he dies. However circumstances prevailing Cecilia opens the letter which reveals the most horrifying secret.
This was such an engaging read and a very good insight into life, love and friendship.
Highly recommend this novel.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 24 Aug 2014
By Jen
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless 21 Sep 2014
By LauraKT
Format:Kindle Edition
As my title suggests, after finishing The Husband's Secret I am utterly speechless at how good a novel this has been ... and very disappointed that I have reached the end and I don't have anymore of this book left to read.

What an amazing read - seriously!!

It had me clinging on to my iPad every time I picked it up to read, finding it difficult to put down.

Normally, I am not a fan of a novel consisting of so many characters with alternating chapters - it is the 'trying to remember' where that character left off I don't really enjoy, but this novel somehow had me hooked. It is written in such a way that the 'trying to remember' moments did not exist - page after page flowed in such a way that I didn't feel like the reader, I felt like a character in the book standing back watching the plot unfold in front of me.

Liane Moriarty, I am utterly in love with your writing style - keep up the good work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This books seems to have been everywhere over the past year so I thought it might be a good holiday read. The first few chapters are fantastic - and the main characters are well drawn and I liked the fact it was set in Australia. But...it peters out half-way and the twist, the 'secret' is pretty obvious. I'll definitely try another book by this author as she has a great observational eye and can clearly write well. But this book wasn't the work of genius that the reviews suggest. Not for me anyway.
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