Liane Moriarty (What Alice Forgot) is far more than the skillful writer of potboilers.... Amid three intertwined story lines and terrific plot twists, Moriarty presents a nuanced and moving portrait of the meaning of love, both marital and familial, and how life can hinge on a misunderstanding or a decision made in haste. The Husband's Secret is so good, you won't be able to keep it to yourself.
A novel that’s perfect for vacation reading: There’s humor, suspense, a circle of appealing women whose dilemma intersect with Cecilia’s and enough food for thought to keep you from feeling empty afterward.
The Husband's Secret is a smart, thoughtful read...[a] lip-smacking and intelligently written novel.
Australian author Moriarty...puts three women in an impossible situation and doesn’t cut them any slack. Cecilia Fitzpatrick...finds a letter from her husband...to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt.... [A] page-turner...Moriarty’s novel challenges the reader as well as her characters, but in the best possible way.
A secret from her husband's past is about to bring [Celia's] perfectly sculpted world crumbling down.... Moriarty shows how Cecilia struggles to live her life as she did before the secret burdened her marriage—like those Berliners who attempted normalcy after the infamous wall went up/came down.... Verdict: Moriarty examines the ease with which darkness can spread into relationships...leaving the reader wondering what will happen next. —Brooke Bolton, North Manchester P.L., IN
At first, this reviewer wanted to warn readers not to be taken in by the light tone of Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret. On second thought, maybe readers should let this rather crafty novelist's deceptive breeziness and humor sweep them along. It makes the shocks just that much more deliciously nasty, including the gob-smacking twist in the epilogue.
There are more than enough secrets to go around in the intertwining lives of three women connected to a Catholic elementary school in Sidney.... As the women confront the past and make hard decisions about their futures...their fates collide in unexpected ways. Moriarty may be an edgier, more provocative and bolder successor to Maeve Binchy. There is real darkness here, but it is offset by the author's natural wit—she weaves in the Pandora myth and a history of the Berlin Wall—and irrepressible goodwill toward her characters.
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