Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book Review: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

Release Date: 7/30/13
Author: Liane Moriarty
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam 
Provided by: The Publisher at Book Expo America
Genre: Adult Contemporary
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.


 After leaving school, Liane began a career in advertising and marketing. She became quite corporate for a while and wore suits and worried a lot about the size of her office. She eventually left her position as marketing manager of a legal publishing company to run her own (not especially successful) business called The Little Ad Agency. After that she worked as (a more successful, thankfully) freelance advertising copywriter, writing everything from websites and TV commercials to the back of the Sultana Bran box.

She also wrote short stories and many first chapters of novels that didn’t go any further. The problem was that she didn’t actually believe that real people had novels published. Then one day she found out that they did, when her younger sister
Jaclyn Moriarty called to say that her (brilliant, hilarious, award-winning) novel, Feeling Sorry for Celia was about to be published.

In a fever of sibling rivalry, Liane rushed to the computer and wrote a children’s book called The Animal Olympics, which went on to be enthusiastically rejected by every publisher in Australia.

She calmed down and enrolled in a Masters degree at Macquarie University in Sydney. As part of that degree, she wrote her first novel, Three Wishes. It was accepted by the lovely people at Pan Macmillan and went on to be published around the world. (Her latest books are published by the equally lovely people at Penguin in both the US and the UK)

Since then she has written two more novels for adults, as well as a series of books for children.

Liane is now a full-time author. She lives in Sydney with her husband, her new baby daughter Anna, and her son George, who likes to sit on her lap while she works, helpfully smashing his fist against the keyboard and suggesting that she might prefer to be watching the Wiggles instead.

Once upon a time she went heli-skiing and skydiving* and scuba diving. These days she goes to the park and ‘Gymbaroo’ and sings ‘I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock’ at swimming lessons. She has discovered that the adrenaline burst you experience from jumping out of a plane is remarkably similar to the one you get when your toddler makes a run for it in a busy car park.
From website. Full bio can be found here.

No book trailer, but a great interview with Liane Moriarty about writing The Husband's Secret!


The Husband’s Secret, which has already been on Entertainment Weekly's Must Read list, totally lived up to its reputation.  This book follows a week in the life of three different women, who are all connected in small ways.  One women is betrayed by her best friend and husband and finds herself involved in an affair with an ex-boyfriend.  Another woman lost her daughter in an unsolved murder and has never recovered.  The third woman finds a letter her husband wrote her to open in the event of his death that contains a life-shattering secret. 

I was very impressed with Moriarty’s writing.  She was excellent at weaving these women’s lives together.  The Husband's Secret sucked me in immediately.  I couldn’t put it down because I had to find out what was going to happen next.  She did a great job of revealing everything at the right pace so that there were no boring parts.  I really felt for these women who on top of dealing with all the regular problems had horrible things thrown at them, interrupting their life.  I can’t imagine what I would do in their situations.  Moriarty really made you feel connected to their thoughts and decisions.

The Husband's Secret was kind of a fluffy book.  If it was a movie, it would be a chick flick.  BUT, it is nice to read something every once in a while that has a wrapped up, happy ending.  I really enjoyed this book.  It was a fast and interesting read. 



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