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"To be opened in the event of my death." With one swift, vicious movement, she sliced the envelope open, and pulled out a handwritten letter. "Love you and the girls...so sorry to leave you with this...cannot bear...."
The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame.
Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.
Cecilia is the quintessential "I don't know how she does it" woman. A devoted mother to three daughters, she runs her household like clockwork, is President of the P&C, owns an extremely successful Tupperware business and is happy in her 15-year marriage. Until she discovers a letter in their attic labeled: "To my wife Cecilia, to be opened in the event of my death".
Her husband's secret is a bombshell beyond all imagining with repercussions across the lives of all three women.
©2013 Liane Moriarty (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By Margaret on 07-06-14

Wonderful story telling

What made the experience of listening to The Husband's Secret the most enjoyable?

The Husband's Secret is a wonderful balance of humour, tragedy, regret and consequences. The characters are all likable and the reader/listener is keen to find out what will become of their lives.

What other book might you compare The Husband's Secret to and why?

It would be a disservice to this great read to compare it to another novel.

Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard Caroline Lee perform before but I am certainly keen to hear her again. Her reading of this novel and her characterisations were faultless. She is superb.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me both laugh and cry. Any novel that can evoke emotion is well written and the characters in The Husband's Secret are all believable. Any of them could be one of my friends and I finished the book wanting only the best for each of them.

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By Laura on 04-09-13

I Did Not Want it to End!

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I loved the character development. Their feelings and thoughts were realistic. I was engrossed and invested in their lives. I am excited to read other books by this author..

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By Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE on 11-12-13

Great story - really enjoyed it!

If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

Engaging<br/>Diverse<br/>Realistic

What did you like best about this story?

Great characters

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She really bought it to life for me

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The reflections on how a life (Janey) may have been lived!

Any additional comments?

Although it was fairly obvious what the 'secret' of the title actually would be - the resulting story was certainly worth the listen!

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By barbara Douglas on 10-27-13

Amazing Book

If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

very thought provoking

Who was your favorite character and why?

cecila and tess.<br/><br/>loved Tess shyness but loved her determination to stand up for herself.<br/><br/>cecila because of her honesty and integrity

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

fantastic story telling excellent tone

Any additional comments?

the epilogue was amazing

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By Bernadette Aitken on 06-19-17

Another winner

This is the second book I've read by Liane and I know it won't be my last.
It has great characters that are as flawed as we all are. I loved the "what if" nature of the story and the believability of the major players.
Read it you'll love it.

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By Rebecca on 09-29-16

one of my favourite audiobooks so far

Story is addictive from the get go. Caroline Lee is, as always, an amazing performer

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