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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: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,042 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33 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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611 of 643 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
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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173 of 201 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars 10 Sep 2013
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After reading all the glowing reviews on Amazon, I eagerly ordered The Husband's Secret. It is only when I read the biography that I realised I had read another of the author's books, "What Alice Forgot", which I remembered kind of liking but finding a bit slow in places.

I am really quite undecided how I feel about this book. There are some parts I like, but I can't say I'm as impressed as other reviewers.

The basic premise is that three women's lives will intersect, however, I feel each character could have probably coped in a stand alone novel of their own, each has so much going on that I don't feel they are done justice in this novel. I got confused over who was who at the beginning of the book, definitely with Cecilia running off the names of her friends (who have no real part in the story), her 3 daughters, husband, schoolteachesr etc. It took a long time for Cecilia to decide to read her husband's letter and I think the fallout got a bit repetitive in places.

Rachel is the now elderly mother of a murdered teen plodding through life looking for answers she thinks she will never get. I think her loneliness was captured by the author quite well, but again, feel like the surface of this woman and her problems was just scratched. I think there was far more potential to explore her story.

And then we have Tess, who has been betrayed by those closest to her and needs time to figure things out. Again, I thought Tess's story had so much scope but combined with the other two females, there didn't seem room to go into it.

I found the book to be quite slow in places and was wishing pages away where nothing seems to happen just to get to the meaty bits.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Unfortunately, even one star is too many! Luckily I read this very quickly, and only wasted one day of my life. I have decided to write this to spare some other poor unsuspecting readers the same fate.

It promised a great deal, but started as a yawnsville of domesticity that we read books to escape from.

My biggest criticism of the writing style that instead of creating fully formed characters, Moriarty would add a little aside to show that Cecelia wasn't 'perfect' after all. As a Tupperware selling queen who was not pretty enough for her handsome husband, as well as having only one out of three beautiful children - she clearly deserved to have the beautiful world she didn't truly deserve totally destroyed.

As a non Catholic, I found the ending at best unsatisfactory, and at worst an example of literary immorality. Basically, we are all bad, so we're even, let's all live happily ever after and not tell the police. It will be fine, if we are good from now on, nothing bad will ever happen to us ever again, so we are all safe...

The epilogue was a travesty - the whole point of writing a this genre of novel is that you recreate another world that as a reader we can escape to. The nonsense at the end where it was - well if Cecilia had known this... and if .. (What was her dullard husband called again?) had known that blah de blah's daughter had had this genetic disease...What was all that about? Had Moriarty reached her word count for the publisher and then couldn't be bothered to write a proper ending?

Great idea, terrible execution - editor is at fault here too. If this is your only planned summer read, swap it for something else before you leave, there's still time!
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161 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TROUBLE WITH SECRETS........... 11 July 2013
By Mrs. C. Swarfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This has to be the best book I have read in years, and I have read an awful lot
of books.

Cecilia Fitzpatrick is superwoman or super mum, wife of John Paul, mum to three
gorgeous daughters, popular demonstrator extrordinaire of Tupperware, brilliant
cook, wonderful homemaker and beloved wife of John Paul she has the dream life
and is living that dream until.....she finds a letter hidden in the attic when
she is looking for something to help her daughter who is obsessing about the
Berlin Wall - its a letter written by her husband to her and to be opened in the
event of his death, if only Cecilia hadn't opened that letter.

The contents of the letter are not disclosed until a third of the way through
the book and are so shocking and explosive I could not take it in at first and
had to go back an read it all again. To say Cecilia's life is turned upside
down is an understatement it is more rocked to the core.

Enter Tess O'Leary whose son is starting at St Angela's where Cecilia's girls
all attend and also Rachel Crowley who is the school secretary - they become
involved with each other in the most unlikely circumstances and fate deals
a blow that they will never ever be the same again.

This is a wonderful book and if you only read one book this year MAKE IT THIS ONE,
should have TEN STARS...
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