The #1 New York Times Bestseller
One of the Best Books of the Year -Entertainment Weekly
One of the Top Ten Books of the Year -People magazine
"It's a knowing, touching, and entertaining page-turner. What a wonderful writer-smart, wise, funny." -Anne Lamott
"The Husband's Secret is so good, you won't be able to keep it to yourself." -USA Today
"Shocking, complex and thought-provoking, this is a story reading groups will devour. A knockout!" -Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author
"Emotionally astute, immensely smart, and as cinematically plotted as any Tom Perrotta Novel destined for critical accolades and a big-screen adaptation." -Entertainment Weekly
"A novel that's perfect for vacation reading." -People
"Brilliant." -Sophia Hannah, international bestselling author of The Wrong Mother
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.
Praise for The Husband's Secret
“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.” —People
“In The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty has created a contemporary Pandora whose dilemma is spellbinding. Shocking, complex and thought-provoking, this is a story reading groups will devour. A knockout! —Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author
“I really enjoyed The Husband’s Secret, and raced right through it in two days. It’s a knowing, touching, and entertaining page-turner. What a wonderful writer—smart, wise, funny.” —Anne Lamott
Liane Moriarty (What Alice Forgot) is far more than the skillful writer of potboilers. Her compelling characters could be your friends and neighbors, nice and neurotic in equal doses. . . . 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
“Reading groups rejoice. This meaty novel from the bestselling author (The Hypnotist’s Love Story, What Alice Forgot) will probably land on many must-read lists.” —Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Brilliant. —Sophia Hannah, international bestselling author of The Wrong Mother
“The Husband's Secret is a smart, thoughtful read… [a] lip-smacking and intelligently written novel.” —Entertainment Weekly (A-)
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 WeeklyAt 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. . . . The genius of The Husband's Secret is that it makes us start to wonder what in our own lives would—or would not—have happened if, say, we had waited just five more minutes before we walked out the door, had not said that hurtful thing, had applied a bit of logic to that situation. —Bookpage
“Secrets can be sinister; they can eat you alive. But they can also set you free. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty demonstrates this power with one of the most entertaining stories I have read in ages. Perfect for book clubs—lots to debate in these pages. I just loved it.” —Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times–bestselling author of The Last Original Wife
Moriarty may be an edgier, more provocative and bolder successor to Maeve Binchy. —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This great summer read is hard to put down.” —Library Journal
For a provocative page-turner, read The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. —Woman's World
Praise for What Alice Forgot and The Hypnotist's Love Story
“Mesmerizing.” —Family Circle
“Superb . . . examines misunderstandings—not just with lovers, but with friends, families and, perhaps most often, ourselves.” —Parade
“Absorbing . . . thought-provoking.” —Ladies Home Journal
“The Hypnotist’s Love Story is an intensely absorbing, excellently written tale that turns Fatal Attraction on its head—finally! Told with wit, charm, empathy, and plenty of suspense, you’ll regret turning the pages so fast to find out how it ends. Loved it!” —Sarah Strohmeyer, bestselling author of Kindred Spirits and The Cinderella Pact
“[An] affecting tale.” —NYTimes.com
“Spellbinding! Reading Liane Moriarty is like spending the afternoon with a wise, witty, comforting friend. I could not put it down!” —Beth Harbison, author of Always Something there to Remind Me
“What Alice Forgot grabbed me on the first page and pulled me into Alice’s life. She is strong, wounded, determined, and living a mystery. There is tender love entwined with poignant loss, magical confusion reminiscent of another Alice and her wonderland. Liane Moriarty has written a deep and wondrous novel.” —Luanne Rice, New York Times–bestselling author
“Heartfelt … and thought-provoking, What Alice Forgot is a story you'll remember long after you turn the last page.” —Jennifer Crusie, New York Times–bestselling author
“I loved this book. It has, for me, everything that makes a good novel excellent: A delightful protagonist and her equally delightful love trying to overcome obstacles they do not fully understand; several fascinating families all jumbled into an iconoclastic mix; good friends and peculiar neighbors and difficult children and wonderfully loving relationships. What Alice Forgot is a read I will not forget and will recommend for a long time.” —Jeanne Ray, New York Times–bestselling author
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July 29, 2013
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