Book Review : The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

December 1, 2014 Book review 6 ★★★★

If you know me, then you know plots with secrets in them are my kryptonite so I have been looking forward to this book with a while. From the gorgeous cover, to my previous good experience with this author to the intriguing title, this just seemed a ME book. And it was, more or less.

Book Review : The Husband’s Secret by Liane MoriartyThe Husband's Secret Free Preview by Liane Moriarty
Published by Penguin on 29th August 2013
Genres: Contemporary Women
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

A free preview of Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret, including a special essay bythe author. 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.

Things I loved about The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty:

The SECRETS! Does that go without saying? I was fascinated by what the secret actually was but while reading it was very easy to join the dots and work it out. Which seems like a negative but I enjoyed putting it all together.

The family vibe from the book. I love reading about families and I got totally wrapped up in all the characters and the various dramas they are all going though.

“Their home was a cosy lamp lit bubble of domesticity.”

And so is the book but in the unlit corners are threatening shadows and that just made this a very gripping read. I had to know what would happen.

The writing is lovely, it’s really atmospheric and I felt very present in the story as I was reading.

The moral ethics – I was puzzling out in my own head what I would do. And honestly I don’t know, I’m still thinking about it and I love books that entertain me beyond the time I spend reading them.

THAT epilogue – I loved this! I can’t say too much about it but it was such a great way to round the book off.

And not really negatives but things that stopped The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty from being a 5 star book in my eyes:

– I read Big Little Lies earlier this year which I loved. But this book seemed to follow the same pattern. I gave Big Little Lies 5 stars and if I read The Husband’s Secret first then I might have given that 5 stars. But following a formula just diluted the book a little for me as it all seemed a little familiar.

Too much co-incidence. I couldn’t swallow the timing of it all, it was too convenient.

But don’t get me wrong, I loved it and would highly recommend it.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty?

I’d highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys books with plenty of suspense, moral dilemmas and colourful characters that draw you in to their lives. Fans of Big Little Lies should also enjoy this one as it has a similar vibe.


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6 Responses to “Book Review : The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty”

    • trish

      Haha, I know I would have been exactly the same if I read them in that sequence. But either way I still love Liane Moriartys writing and the chatty feel of her books.

    • trish

      Exactly the first book is amazing but then the second despite being really good is just too samey. I hope she mixes it up for her next book as I love her writing and characters.

  1. trish

    Oh interesting! I thought my rating my reverse so it’s fun to see you read them in the opposite order and still rated the same. I do think the co-incident factors in THS would have bugged me a little though obviously I know you have to allow some poetic license just to make the plot work.

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