“A novel that’s perfect for vacation reading.” —People
“It’s a knowing, touching, and entertaining page-turner. What a wonderful writer—smart, wise, funny.” —Anne Lamott
"The Husband's Secret is so good, you won't be able to keep it to yourself." —USA Today
“Shocking, complex and thought-provoking, this is a story reading groups will devour. A knockout!" —Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author
“The Husband's Secret is a smart, thoughtful read… [a] lip-smacking and intelligently written novel.” —Entertainment Weekly
"For a provocative page-turner, read The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty." —Woman's World
"Brilliant." —Sophia Hannah, international bestselling author of The Wrong Mother
At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read
My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died. . .
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This book club-worthy selection will pick you up and carry you off to the tumultuous inner worlds of three women. Cecilia is troubled when she finds a letter from her husband that is to be opened only upon his death. Tess, shaken by the revelation that her husband has fallen in love with someone else, takes her son and goes to live with her mother in Sydney. And finally Rachel—who’s still mourning the unsolved murder of her only daughter—learns that her beloved grandson is moving abroad. These women know of each other vaguely but their lives gradually come together as their ties strengthen.
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.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Predictable but good
The “twists” weren’t all that surprising, but overall a decent summer read
What Alice Forgot
Love this book. The story has stayed with me.
An amazing story of how events, mistakes and lies change peoples lives. Great characters - I was really drawn into their lives.