The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty


Cecilia Fitzpatrick has a reputation to protect.  The other women in her town after all look up to her.  She organizes many of the school functions, is always around to help where needed, and you did not even know you needed Tupperware until you attend one of Cecelia’s parties… and then you don’t know how you lived without it.  She has three wonderful daughters and a handsome husband.  What more could she want?  Then while looking around the attic she finds a letter from her husband sealed and saying to only open in the event of his death. And suddenly everything Cecelia thought was right in her life is turned upside down.

Tess O’Leary loves her job  and the fact that she is able to work beside her husband Will, and her cousin and best friend Felicity.  Then Felicity, who was always a bit heavy loves a significant amount of weight and along with Will, approaches Tess about their love for one another.  Stunned, Tess packs up her son Liam and goes to live with her mother in Sydney.

Rachel Crowley is a school secretary.  She loves being around children even though she lost her own daughter over 25 years ago to a murder that was never solved.  When new evidence turns up, Rachel has to decide if she can wait for the police to take action or will the anger and pain of all these years cause her to do the unthinkable.

These three women’s lives will intertwine in ways they do not see coming.  Through friendships and connections, the Husband’s Secret is not to be missed.



I listened to this book on audio and once it started, I had a hard time shutting it off!  Caroline Lee was an amazing narrator, she made the book come alive with each of the voices of the full cast of characters.  In an almost fun and snarky tone, I fell in live with this book through the narration.  It was just a lot of fun to listen to!

The Husband’s Secret was delightful, fast paced, and while dealing with serious subjects, it never came off as heavy.  I have heard the book is great, but audio listeners know that the audio is pretty fantastic too.


Note:  Because I enjoyed this book so much, I am currently downloading What Alice Forgot, by this same author.


30 thoughts on “The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty

  1. I liked What Alice Forgot a lot. The Husband’s Secret I also enjoyed but thought that the ending and wrap up was more wishful thinking/unrealistic for some of the characters. Nice tidy ending though.

  2. So glad you loved it, I reviewed it this week too, a 2013 favourite for me and totally agree the audio was brilliant!! I want to read What Alice Forgot next too. Try Liane’s sister’s book Paper Chains by Nicola Moriarty, similar writing style, another favourite of mine.

  3. I listened too but didn’t have the same experience (boo). I was bored a bit in the second half and couldn’t wait for the story to end so I could see how it would end (not that it was horrible). I think I gave this one 3 stars, average.

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