Review: The Husband’s Secret by Laine Moriarty

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnum, July 30, 2013

Description (form

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.

My Review (4 Stars: Liked it a lot!)

The Husband’s Secret  by Liane Moriarty  is very well written, from the point of view of three main characters: Cecilia, Tess and Rachel. Each of their lives are separate, but become significantly related.  There is dialog in this story.  However, the story includes many of the characters’ thoughts.  The author does a wonderful job of bringing to light, how we can be involved with one activity and at the same time be thinking of something completely different.  Some of the thoughts provide much needed levity to the story.

In The Husband’s Secret, we see that a person’s actions can, unknowingly, significantly impact the lives of others.  One question cleverly raised in The Husband’s Secret is: How much does fate impact our lives?  Another is:  What would have happened, if we had made different decisions?  The author explores other topics such as the quality of marital relationships and relationships formed between family and friends.

The Husband’s Secret grabbed my attention and held it.  I would be interested in reading additional novels by Liane Moriarty.

Note: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty is the September Book Club Selection for She Reads. Click here to go She Reads to find links to additional reviews and enter their giveaway promotion. Thanks to The She Reads Organization and the publisher, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnum, for providing me with this book, free of charge, for review.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from the publisher, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnum, as a member of the She Reads Network.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. I also liked the internal monologue and the interesting questions raised by the book. It was a much more thought-provoking read than I expected and I thought it was wonderful 🙂


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