Liane Moriarty

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The Husband's Secret

book | Fiction | 2013
ANZ → Pan Macmillan (Ed. Cate Paterson )
UK & Comm → Penguin (Ed. Sam Humphreys)
US → Amy Einhorn Books
Cecilia Fitzpatrick, P&C president at St Angela’s Primary School, top-selling Tupperware consultant and super-efficient mother of three, has never had a problem making a decision….until now.

She’s just stumbled across a mysterious and troubling letter. It’s from her husband. It’s addressed to her. But it’s only to be opened in the event of his death - and John-Paul is still very much alive. Should she open it? Is it simply a sentimental message of love or something more sinister? When Cecilia’s daughters reveal some startling information about their father, and John-Paul reacts oddly to her finding the letter, Cecilia finally makes her decision. She opens the letter.

Nothing about Cecilia Fitzpatrick’s blissfully ordinary suburban life will ever be the same again.
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Reviews

Moriarty may be an edgier, more provocative successor to Maeve Binchy. There is real darkness here, but it is offset by the author’s natural wit…and irrepressible goodwill toward her characters.
Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

If you found a letter addressed to you, but labelled only to be opened in the event of my death, would you open it if the writer was still alive?

What a question. And its answer leads to a fine novel of suspense, as Liane Moriarty works on the problem
- to open, or not to open?

Once you begin to read The Husband's Secret you will want to hurry through to find out just what was in that letter.

Ballarat Courier

The Husband’s Secret has suspense, it has intrigue, betrayal and romance...Moriarty will get you thinking, right from early on, and she won’t let you stop thinking until long after you have turned the last page.
Beauty and Lace Online Magazine

It has a gently funny but not overly sentimental take on family life and coupledom, and Moriarty massages her plot adroitly to demonstrate the fact that none of us knows the full truth about our lives, and sometimes that can be all to the good.
Canberra Times

The Husband's Secret is a novel that you will read insatiably yet won't want to finish too quickly.
Toowoomba Chronicle

The Husband's Secret is a stunning, complex novel guaranteed to cause debate and controversy. This book will have everyone asking, "What would I do?"
Femail

Moriarty is quite a magician, unveiling the unexpected from
familiar, domestic situations.

Herald Sun

Moriarty is adept at plotting stories around moral dilemmas and giving the reader the chance to ask themselves what they would do if faced with the same situation. Interwoven are the
stories of the people the secret will affect if revealed. The wait pays off when their stories slot together.
Kate Walsh
Illawarra Mercury

A gripping examination of family dynamics, the weight of guilt, consuming grief and the limits of loyalty. Judith Whitfield
Newcastle Herald

The Husband’s Secret is a ripping yarn and I’ll certainly
be going back for more of Liane Moriarty.

Northern Rivers Echo

A compelling story, filled with suspense, and a satisfying
conclusion. You couldn't ask for more.
Rebecca Marshall
Sunshine Coast Sunday

A stunning and riveting book.
Richard and Judy Book Club

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.
USA Today

It’s a tense, page-turning story which gradually draws everyone together in a devastating climax. The writing is insightful on the subjects of families and friends, parents and children, husbands and wives. But what makes this a great read are the agonising dilemmas the characters face over blame and guilt, forgiveness and retribution, love and betrayal.
YOU Magazine

A novel that’s perfect for vacation reading.
People

The Husband's Secret is a sharp, thoughtful read.
Entertainment Weekly

Such a brilliant book. I didn't want to put in down. Really made me think about life's path and mystery of fate. Loved it.
Good Housekeeping - Reader Recommended Books

Moriarty maintains a level of suspense and mystery throughout this entertaining and easy read.

Fran Metcalf
Courier Mail, Brisbane

It’s a tense, page-turning story which gradually draws everyone together in a devastating climax. The writing is insightful on the subjects of families and friends, parents and children, husbands and wives. But what makes this a great read are the agonising dilemmas the characters face over blame and guilt, forgiveness and retribution, love and betrayal.
The Daily Mail

Simultaneously a page-turner and a book one has to put down occasionally to think about and absorb, Moriarty’s novel challenges the reader as well as her characters, but in the best possible way.
Publishers Weekly
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