Review of The Husband's Secret

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.



We picked The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies for book club, but I had only gotten around to reading Big Little Lies. After really enjoying the writing style and story in Big Little Lies, I decided I had to go back to The Husband's Secret.

  • At first, I was so confused. We had a lot of characters, a lot of names, all thrown at us early on in the book. But after a few chapters, everything did weave together and the pieces starting falling into place. I love smart stories that make surprised when it all comes together. 
  • When we get the secret I was blown away. I didn't see it coming and then didn't know how the story was going to continue. I cannot imagine being in the character's shoes. Knowing the truth, and then trying to figure out what to do it with, but knowing it will change your life. Oh goodness, I cannot even imagine! 
  • I love Liane's writing style. Her characters are always so real, they seem like people you know or people you have seen. I love her characters because you can be part of them, relate to them. 
  • I love the cause and effect situation in the book, each choice by each character creates waves, not only in their lives, the lives the choices effect, but also the people you would never expect. Communities are really tied together and choices, secrets, lies can go through the community like a wildfire.
  • I don't really think I had any gripes. Sometimes I wanted a faster pace, but then we wouldn't have gotten to really see how connected the community was.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17802724-the-husband-s-secret

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5 comments

  1. I've been wanting to read Big Little Lies (is that what it's called?) by this author for awhile now. This one sounds just as brilliant. Great review. I definitely want to read this one now!

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  2. I've been wanting to read Big Little Lies for forever but for some reason I haven't picked it up. I know, I know, makes ZERO sense right? I heard Liane's writing is amazing, so I'm definitely going to dive into both of these titles very soon. I love the way you review girl, I really like the cute little images of the sticks :)

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  3. I am glad that you enjoyed The Husband's Secret. I liked this book pretty well too, although I liked the first half a lot better than the second. It seemed like the story slowed once the secret was revealed.
    Great review.

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  4. I loved this one too, listened to it on audio. I still have Big Little Lies sitting on my shelf though to read. Expecting a treat when I do get to it.

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  5. I got Big Little Lies for Christmas and have yet to get around to it.
    Your first point intrigues me. If I like Big Little Lies I'll probably do what you did and pick this one up.
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

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