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The Husband's Secret: From the bestselling author of Big Little Lies, now an award winning TV series Paperback – 29 Aug 2013
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What would you do if you found a letter in the attic, addressed to you, from your husband - to be opened in the event of his death? Another masterclass from the author of Big Little Lies (Grazia)
The Husband's Secret is a staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable (Sophie Hannah)
The story is cleverly plotted, full of suspense and so well-written that it pulls you in from the first page (Sunday Mirror)
If you like Jodi Picoult, you'll love this addictive new book (Essentials)
Dark and compelling, this is a must read (Sun)
The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling (Good Housekeeping)
This is such a clever idea. This is powerful, moving and gripping stuff (Star Magazine)
It's a tense, page-turning story which gradually draws everyone together in a devastating climax. The writing is insightful on the subjects of families and friends, parents and children, husbands and wives. But what makes this a great read are the agonising dilemmas the characters face over blame and guilt, forgiveness and retribution, love and betrayal (The Mail on Sunday, You Magazine)
The book's finely-wrought tension holds up until the final page (The Telegraph)
Fresh, very funny and entertaining, but also intelligent and unsentimental (Marian Keyes on Three Wishes)
About the Author
Liane Moriarty is the bestselling author of seven novels: Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story, The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty. The Husband's Secret is a worldwide bestseller which has sold more than two million copies and been translated into over forty languages. Big Little Lies is now an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO series, produced by and starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.
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The secret is pretty much clear from the end of the first chapter and the rest is just filling as far as I can tell. Entertaining and pleasantly written, but filling nonetheless. The author raises some interesting questions about fate and the impact of our actions at the end but that - for me - was the most thought provoking and engaging bit. The rest was just a bit tired. If you want a chick lit novel there are much better writers out there (Marian Keyes, etc) and the same for mystery writers. The saving grace was that it was cheap as chips on Kindle and it passed time whilst I was on holiday.
I wouldn't recommend it to people based on the current 4.5 rating on amazon, nor would I buy another book by this author again.
A lot of characters and sub plots are introduced in the first part and I had to make an effort to remember who was who and where they were, but this pays off as their very different lives converge. It was well worth the effort. New facets of characters are introduced throughout the book so I had no prediction of the end.
This is one of those books that I wish I hadn't read, so that I could read it again!!
The story does focus on Cecilia and her husband, as the above blurb mentions, but it is actually an interwoven narrative of three women – Cecilia, Rachel and Tess. Rachel has lost both her daughter and her husband and now her son and daughter-in-law are moving to New York and taking her two year old grandson with them. Tess is reeling from the information that her husband and sister-like cousin are in love with each other. Moriarty entwines the lives of these three women so cleverly that although there are numerous characters to keep track of it never feels arduous.
The majority of books I read seem to be set in the UK or US, so I really enjoyed reading a book set in Australia. This didn't massively impact on the story but it just felt refreshing and was an added bonus to a really engaging story.
This was the first book I have read by Liane Moriarty, but it definitely won't be the last.
Anyway, Great read. with twists and turns, remember it kept me gripped, and thought the characters were easy to relate to
Would make an ideal read for book clubs. with an interesting subject for members or friends to discuss!
Very well written, and kept my interest to the last page
I highly recommend this book,... and I'm looking forward to reading it again ,...
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As with Little big lies there’s more to each character than you first think and their stories are slowly revealed and intertwined.