The no 1. New York Times bestseller from the author of Big Little Lies and new novel Apples Never Fall.
"A staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable." Mail on Sunday
How well do you know your husband?
Cecilia Fitzpatrick, devoted mother, successful Tupperware business owner and efficient P&C President, has found a letter from her husband.
"For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, to be opened only in the event of my death"
But Cecilia's husband isn't dead, he's on a business trip. And when she questions him about it on the phone, Cecilia senses something she hasn't experienced before. John-Paul is lying.
What happens next changes Cecilia's formerly blissful suburban existence forever, and the consequences will be life-changing for the most unexpected people.
Fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Paula Hawkins will love Liane Moriarty.
PRAISE FOR THE HUSBAND'S SECRET
"So good you won't be able to keep it to yourself" USA Today
"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
"Intelligent and funny" Sydney Morning Herald
Named one of Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of the Year and People magazine's Top Ten Books of the Year
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When Cecilia finds a letter from her husband “to be opened only in the event of my death”, it triggers a far-reaching string of consequences among a previously unrelated group of people. Written with insight, humour and a lovely warm tone, Liane Moriarty’s novel is a great book to lose yourself in.
Australian author Moriarty, in her fifth novel (after The Hypnotist's Love Story), puts three women in an impossible situation and doesn't cut them any slack. Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O'Leary's husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they've fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St. Angela's Primary School, where Cecilia is the star mother. Rachel Crowley, the school secretary, believes that Connor, St. Angela's PE teacher, is the man who, nearly three decades before, got away with murdering her daughter a daughter for whom she is still grieving. Simultaneously a page-turner and a book one has to put down occasionally to think about and absorb, Moriarty's novel challenges the reader as well as her characters, but in the best possible way.
Another great book by this author. I was annoyed with the ending, however having thought about it a bit more, I realised that the women in the book all did the woman thing of “doing the right thing” which really annoyed me. As an old woman I’ve learned that all of those marriages wouldn’t have survived anyway because as soon as that trust is broken, I don’t believe it can be smoothed over. Still it’s a very readable book by a very good author.
Great book. Finished in a day.
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