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Cecilia starts poking around the attic one day to find a piece of the Berlin wall she has, her daughter is going through a Berlin wall phase, when she finds a letter addressed to her from her husband in case of his death At first she doesn t think too much of it but her husband, John Paul, begins to behave weirdly when she mentions the letter and suddenly she can t stop thinking what the letter is about Rachel lives in the same neighborhood as Cecilia and has been mourning the death of her daughter Janie for years Now that her son is moving, she won t be seeing her grandson and she finds herself getting wrapped up in Janie s death evenTess moves back into town after finding out that her husband and best friend have fallen in love behind her back She struggles with what to do now, especially with her son Patrick caught in the middle, and things only getcomplicated when she reconnects with an ex boyfriend I know a lot of people really enjoyed this book but I just couldn t get into it I did like the authors writing style but I just felt like the story didn t come together The passages about the past around when the Berlin wall fell felt like they didn t add anything to the story for me personally Also Tess s story didn t tie in together with Cecilia and Rachel s stories which kind only bothered me because how well Cecilia and Rachel s stories went together It just felt like the whole Tess story line could have been cut out of the book without any problems It was all just really predictable, the second I read Rachel s chapter I knew where everything was going Also that ending made me think of Jodi Picoult and her little twist endings and not in a good way It just felt too coincidental for me to buy So while I liked the complexity portrayed and the writing as well as the characters the plot just didn t do it for me at all. 5 Stars A new favorite Can I say I effing love this author after having read only two of her books Because that s exactly what s going on right now I ve been on a huge Mystery Psychological Thriller kick lately, and I ve realized with many books of this genre, some or all of the characters are very easy to hate Which is fine.And so I was ready for that I put my little crazy book wall up and was prepared to just observe this story without really letting the characters in But they crept in anyway In fact, I was completely bombarded This story is told in a third person perspective that alternates focus between the lives of three women whose paths will eventually, and quite literally, collide I found myself growing protective over these heroines, which initially, I wasn t expecting Yes, they were severely damaged and, at times, completely unhinged and I loved them for it Because they felt so honest and just so real I began to find myself empathizing with their weaknesses I felt their pain and I wanted to unravel their secrets, and I tore through this captivating book in a single day You may believe this story is based solely upon figuring out the infamous Husband s Secret It s not Yes, for a small percentage of the book we are made to wonder But the secret is revealed rather early on, and we are left to witness its aftermath the quiet chaos that gradually spins itself out of control until the plot is taking you places you couldn t have imagined going.Obviously, I won t reveal what this secret is, but I will say that it certainly lives up to the hype You may even figure it out for yourself somewhat quickly But that is not where the mystery dies In fact, it s precisely where this haunting story fully begins and there are lingering secrets hidden everywhere.This story takes it s time, which is not to say it drags or ever gets boring far from it The first 20% is fairly slow, but then it grows addictive Cecelia, Tess, and Rachel are women of different ages, suffering distinctly different circumstances When they all end up living in the same town, they begin to build unlikely bonds and start to learn of the heartbreaking ways that connect them Sometimes, when I truly love a book, it s difficult for me to explain why But in this case, I can confidently pinpoint the reasons I ll start with the plot, which was thickly layered with mystery and originality Each chapter pulled me in a new direction, and finished with a suspenseful edge that had me racing for the next one The themes Debilitating grief The secrets we keep, the lies we tell ourselves, and the guilt that follows The writingI m in loveGripping, polished, and so, so witty This author not only knows how to breathe life into her characters, but she masters the art of sarcasm and irony It was all thinly veiled, nothing excessive, and it worked wonderfully When a character appeared shallow, it was clearly intentional almost as though the author and reader were in on some joke at the character s expense The storyline is melancholy at heart somber and unsettling, yet one can still draw inspiration from the subtle moments of strength The sometimes silly thoughts that spun through the characters minds help to lighten the tone a bit And, finally, thatepilogueWow d me YET again A final sweep of the the rug from under my feet As readers, we become privy to secrets which the author does not reveal to her characters It was a unique approach, and a highly emotional experience I wanted to run and tell the characters what I d learned and even though it left me pretty damn frustrated, I thought that particular element was genius.If you browse reviews and ratings for this book, you ll see that not everyone was as smitten with this one I wouldn t recommend this to all readers, but for those of you who love a well written, gripping mystery that bravely showcases the ugly and painful sides of life while offering a healthy dose of dry humor DON T pass this one up Book Stats Genre Category Mystery Suspense Romance Romance Twisted broken, Not the driving force of story Characters Very well fleshed out Extremely troubled Plot Three women with separate struggles come to find their all somehow connected Writing Brilliant Quick, witty, respectfully humorous POV 3rd Person Perspective Alternates between heroines Cliffhanger None Standalone FREE EBOOK ♻ The Husband's Secret ☻ At The Heart Of The Husband S Secret Is A Letter That S Not Meant To Be ReadMy Darling Cecilia, If You Re Reading This, Then I Ve DiedImagine 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 SecretAcclaimed Author Liane Moriarty Has Written A Gripping, Thought Provoking Novel About How Well It Is Really Possible To Know Our Spouses And, Ultimately, OurselvesPhysical DescriptionAudio Discs ApproximatelyHrs 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 sittings 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 by any means, but it s incredibly readable and totally gripping the kind of book you want for a long plane flight. PERFECT SUMMER READ Full disclosure I listened to this as an audiobook Normally I save my audiobooks for cleaning house, but this was so good I took it on runs, slowed down my walks to work, even listened for a few minutes as I got my coffee, ignoring my coworkers The reader s Australian accent made the story come alive, but I bet it s just as spellbinding in print Two husbands in this book have secrets one predictable, quickly revealed the other unexpected and drawn out Each time I thought I knew where the story was going, I was thrown off I d like to be cool and literary and say that everything got tied up too neatly in the end, that this is a book too obviously pandering to women of my age 40 and station in life married with children, working hard, somewhat comfortable but honestly, I just enjoyed the hell out of it It asked nothing of me, and delivered a story that held me through the satisfying if slightly too convenient conclusion It s like an ice cream cone I HATE describing non edible things as delicious but that s what I mean , the very reason why I love to read. NEW REVIEW ETA Okay, I finished it.I still stand by my original opinion Three unlikable women are the main characters in this novel.Cecilia is a ninny She finds this letter in the attic addressed to her, only to be opened when her husband dies He s not dead She spends the first half of the book waffling between should I open it should I not It s annoying Meanwhile, she runs through every scenario she can think of and also fantasizes about what every single family member and friend would advise her to do.Then she finally opens the letter and spends the second half of the book waffling about what to do with the information it contains Needless to say, I found this character to be very frustrating.Tess is a woman experiencing the ultimate betrayal her husband is in love with her cousin Her cousin who is so close to her they are like twin sisters She flees to another city with her 6 year old son to rethink her life.Rachel is consumed with rage and grief since her daughter was found murdered in a park a few decades ago This rage and grief frankly makes her a huge jerk She hates her daughter in law for no discernible reason and is a real jerk to her Also, after her daughter was killed she pretty much just ignored her poor son So he s grown up really almost estranged from her I didn t like her..This book is just chock full of guilt and suffering Oh, pain, suffering, guilt Punishment from God Isn t that what life is all about Um, no, it isn t And it isn t really what I want to read about either.This book had other problems as well.1 FEMALE ON FEMALE HATEWhat is WITH books movies tv trying to convince me that women are bitches I certainly don t talk to my friend nicely and then immediately think hateful comments about her Every single woman in this book was like Hi, Joan Oh, what a lovely dress you have on Are you coming to the party Saturday Internal thoughts Wow, I hate Joan She is skinnier than me Also she makes great potato salad That angers me because I buy my potato salad instead of homemaking it Or some such shit like that WTF I really don t know many women who are like this A very small percentage What is the deal with making us all look like backstabbing hate filled competitors This is not how I feel about other women at all Reading this kind of stuff makes me sad Characters in this book do this to close friends, family members, distant acquaintances any other woman in the vicinity.2 FAT HATEAccording to this book, fat women are like the most tragic, horrifying people on Earth They are like the victims of some horrible disfiguring tragedy that makes children cry and people avert their eyes No man in their right mind would ever date touch have sex with kiss one unless he was a very charitable or b a fat freak who chases chubby women No mention comments on fat men, which I thought was interesting I was practically laughing my ass of at this Fat women have sex They get married Men fall in love with them Despite what the media tells you, fat women have sex dates love just like anyone else Almost every single fat woman I know is in a healthy, loving relationship with a normal meaning not a chubby chaser or loser or whatever scraps people think fat women end up with guy It would never even occur to me to think, She can t get a date because she s fat because in my experience fat women get a lot of play So fuck this shit Don t believe a word of what this book tells you You don t have to look like a Victoria s Secret ad to get a husband.Whenever I read a book filled with fat hate, I am confused Even if the author is not fat herself, doesn t she have fat people she loves and admires and relies on in her life Her grandma Her mom Her aunt Her cousin Her best friend Her favorite librarian It s extra weird with this book because fat overweight men are NEVER MENTIONED as if they simply don t exist, or if they do it s not an issue because they re not women.Actually, this book is very appearance focused when it comes to women Not just being thin, but are you wearing make up Stylish clothes Trying to look your best like you should I didn t like it Basically it was saying that getting a husband and having kids and being a mom is THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING in life Yes, it is very important, but so is some other stuff 3 EMOTIONAL MANIPULATIONThis book is one of those books that is trying to slam you with feels, as they say on GR Moriarty is very emotionally manipulative Children get hurt, badly A teenaged girl is murdered A husband chooses to cheat on his wife with her cousin best friend A woman loses over a hundred pounds and goes through a radical transformation Blah blah blah, tug on your heartstrings, blah blah blah.Listen, I don t appreciate this I know some people LOVE going to movies that make them cry They know the movie is going to make them cry, and that makes them excited I AM NOT THIS TYPE OF PERSON If I feel like the author is trying to grab me by the ovaries and wrest some emotion out of me, I don t get weepy I get angry What s your point Really What is the point of this book Yeah, it has no point.4 EPILOGUEThe thing that most illustrates how pointless this book is is the frustrating and anger inducing epilogue, in which Moriarty breaks down about 85 different what if possibilities What if little Bobby didn t choose to ride his bike to the corner store that day What if Jeannie wore a red dress instead of a blue one What if Juan bought a motorcycle instead of an engagement ring for his girlfriend OMG, everything would have changed Life would be so different OMG Doesn t that blow your mind crickets chirping NO No, it doesn t blow my mind None of that shit happened What is the point of standing around all day and talking for six hours about what COULD have happened It DIDN T happen That s the point What happened is what actually happened Yes, things could have gone a thousand different ways BUT THEY DIDN T It s not like this is a time travel book where you could go back and change something Now that would be cool Then, in that case, I would be on board with analyzing different possibilities and their outcomes But Moriarty s world is already set in stone, so I find this a rather morbid, heartrending, pointless exercise a kind of non stop weepy circle jerk that was annoying and added NOTHING to the story and in fact made it worse Due to something revealed in the epilogue, the whole book and plot is basically negated It sucks.Tl dr Emotionally manipulative fiction aimed at women Promotes woman on woman hate, fat shaming, and a very middle class, nuclear family is everything, my husband and my children are my whole life worldview Typical Just very, very typical of this genre Nothing new or exciting Nothing fresh or interesting Avoid unless you like TFIOS, Nicholas Sparks, and chick lit that is the heavy kind which tries to deal with serious issues.OLD REVIEWI don t think I can finish it.Here s what I said to Kat Stark about it I don t think I m cut out for manipulative heart wrenching stuff I feel the author is trying to make me feel all maudlin It s the same feeling I get from TFIOS or Nicholas Sparks There s so many chick lit hate that term stereotypes in here a woman s husband falls in love with her cousin a cousin who was once obese but now tiny so we ve got he s cheating with my sister cousin she lost all the weight.Then we have a woman who finds a secret envelope addressed to her from her husband to be opened upon the event of my death and you don t know what s in it but you know it s really bad They stopped having sex six months ago and she doesn t know what s wrong.Then there s a grandmother who s 17 year old daughter was murdered by a boy friend years ago She s grieving and obsessed with her only grandchild, but he s being taken away from her because her DIL got a job in NYC She always has suspected and hated a certain man in town who she THINKS killed her daughter I d bet you 500 he didn t really do it.You know It s the kind of book where at the end everyone cries, hugs and learns a big Lesson About Life, but at the same time it s really sad humans are so fucked up, blah blah blah.It s just the kind of thing that sets my teeth on edge.I might not finish it Or come back to it later At least the crappy romances I ve been reading are cheerful LOL I know, everyone thinks it is great I don t know what s wrong with me I really hate boo hoo stories though, and I feel like this is a boo hoo story I don t like books whose basic message is Life is so tragic, but we must keep living or something Also, no one was really likable P.S And none of this is too spoilery, just first three chapters stuff. I m just going to leave it at 3 I don t know how I really feel about this one I felt the same way about Big Little Lies because I listened to both books on audio the first time And for some reason her books don t work for me the first time around on audio So I will leave it at that for now I know I loved Big Little Lies when I read the physical book so we shall see Mel Contains Spoilers Eh I doubt I would ve finished this if it wasn t a book club selection I just didn t care about any of the characters or how the story was going to end.It s definitely not going into the stack of books I consider to be riveting I d throw it in the stack of stories about selfish people making selfish choices in life I don t agree with any of the choices made by the characters I don t think real people would make the decisions these characters made I find it hard to believe that forgiveness could be given so quickly in some of the instances in the story I mean, come on, someone does something that drastically changes your life completely in a negative wayyou re not going to forgive them within a few days or 50 pages at the end of a book Someone murders your child you sit around angry for 20 yearsyou find out whoyou re not going to sit around thinking about what you should do I m pretty sure you ll decide 1 of 2 things either you re going to murder that person or you re going to tell the police You find out that your husband murdered someone when he was 17 You don t stay with him or keep his secret for the sake of your children You leave that psycho turn him in to the police Especially if the only reason he can come up with for murdering the person is She laughed at me I got angry Really You re going to take your chances with that kind of person in your life Really Anytime he did something stupid you wanted to laughyou d have that voice in the back of your head saying Don t laugh Remember what happened to that one girl that laughed at him Your best friend who is also your cousin steals your husband You re not going to forgive her or your husband within a week You just don t allow people like that to remain in your life So what if she was your one only friend You go find better friends So what if your kid is going to be sad if you get a divorce You don t sacrifice your self respect so that your kid can grow up in a home with married parents I mean, seriouslyif your husband thinks it s a fantastic idea for him to move his new love into your home so you can be one big happy familyyou run for the hills or suggest that he move to a compound where it s acceptable to have multiple wives Sure, it starts with him just moving her innext thing you knowyou have the hair style fashion sense of Nikki from Big Love You don t forgive him a week later when he claims that he made a mistake really loves younot your best friend cousin If he really loved you, he never would ve suggested that you move into the guest bedroom while your best friend cousin takes your place in the master bedroom Normal people don t suggest that you let the other woman move in play house with you Basicallyit s a story full of selfish people making selfish decisions while pretending to care about the people they hurt while making selfish decisions The only decision I agreed with that these characters made was to eat hot cross buns for breakfastand only because they were drenched in butterand damnI love butter. Wow I have been so ashamed of many of the newest Best Sellers that have been released And this hunk of garbage can be added to this list This year so far has been an overall bummer for me in finding good reads and yikesI wish I could get my money back For real The Husband s Secret by Liane Moriarty sounds awesome in theory A woman finds a hidden letter written years ago by her loyal husband that contains a secret that could change or ruin many lives It also follows two other women and their stories of love and heartbreak.BLECH Predictability, weak characters, no character development, and just full to the brim of everything yucky The characters are not likable at all and I couldn t relate to any of them These women are wretchedly annoying.Alright, people might think Mitch, you are a male reader, and you don t fall into the demographic, so you are an unfair judge However, as humiliating as it may be, I am a fan of Harlequin, the king of the mass produced romance lady novel However, most of those mass produced books are WAY better than this chart topping hooey Some women will eat it up, but i found it poorly written, repetitive, and so predictable that it s laughable.Try it if you want, but if you want to save yourself massive amounts of boredom, then use it as kindling OOOH a yule log sounds fun See, I m already distracted That s how I was the whole book Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever Just ask Pandora The Husband s Secret is a decent book, but I honestly expected to enjoy it a lotthan I did I love mysteries that focus on the characters and their relationships with each other and I love reading about morally questionable people, especially women I find complex relationships between women to be fascinating woven with friendship, jealousies and secrets but I found this book superficial and, at times, even boring.Firstly, the titular secret is not a mystery and is so easy to guess immediately that I was hoping it would be something else Secondly, I think the secret and the details behind it are not very interesting and despite it being a serious issue it doesn t feel particularly scandalous or exciting You open this book just like Pandora opening her box jar, promised this huge secret by the title and blurb, and yet for me it was very anticlimactic.It gets three stars because Moriarty writes about selfish, depressed and troubled middle class women very well The dialogue and dynamics between them are funny, entertaining and contain those rare pieces of human honesty that only a few authors can achieve little thoughts, feelings or behaviours that are personal and strange, but instantly recognizable and true In reality, the human reaction to certain situations discovering a dark secret, being dumped for someone else, etc is not often what we think it should be It s like when you play out meeting someone famous in your head and you think you know exactly what you would do, until you meet them and your plans fly out the window In this book, I get the sense that Moriarty has tapped into real human reactions and behaviour these women don t always feel and behave in a typical or conventional way, and yet it seems all thereal because of it.But interesting character studies aside, it did get tiresome after a while When you strip away the not so interesting mystery, this is a book about the relationships of a bunch of privileged middle class woman And there s really only so much of that I can take before I start losing interest.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr