The Husband's Secret
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.

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  • Lynda
    Jul 25, 2016


    Secret: Keeping information hidden from others --Merriam WebsterPhoto: LEH.nicorQuestion: If you found a letter addressed to you with instructions that you weren't to open it until a certain event had happened, would you go ahead and read it anyway?Before I settled in to read this book...

  • Bookables Heather
    Jul 12, 2016

    Bookables Heather

    4.25 if we want to get super technical. It did have a very slow start but after that it picked up a ton!I really enjoyed this book! It made me think, it made me feel conflicted and it made me feel for characters I wasn't sure I wanted to feel for.A gripping story of secrets and lies an...

  • Carmen
    Jul 3, 2016


    NEW REVIEW ETA: Okay, I finished it.I still stand by my original opinion. Three unlikable women are the main characters in this novel.Cecilia is a ninny. She finds this letter in the attic addressed to her, only to be opened when her husband dies. He's not dead. She spends the first ha...

  • Jacki (Julia Flyte)
    Dec 30, 2015

    Jacki (Julia Flyte)

    Cecilia Fitzpatrick thinks she knows her husband inside out, so she's surprised to accidentally discover in the attic a dusty sealed envelope with "For my wife - to be opened only in the event of my death" written on it in his handwriting. When she casually mentions it to him on the ph...

  • Jennifer
    Oct 31, 2015


    The paperback edition of The Husband's Secret is my first time ever winning a First Reads giveaway on goodreads! I read this title once before in 2013 but was eager to re-read it. After my 2015 re-read, I stand by my original 5 stars. Liane Moriarty is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.The Husband's Secre...

  • Amy
    Oct 19, 2015


    ***Contains Spoilers***Eh. I doubt I would've finished this if it wasn't a book club selection. I just didn't care about any of the characters or how the story was going to end.It's definitely not going into the stack of books I consider to be riveting. ;-) I'd throw it in the stack of...

  • Mandy Crider
    Aug 19, 2015

    Mandy Crider

    What if? That's what comes to mind when I think of this novel. This book definitely wasn't what I imagined. I envisioned an entirely different plot when I read that a woman would read a note to be read only in the event of his death. Liane takes her readers on an unimaginable ride, one...

  • Nomes
    Aug 10, 2015


    I love the premise and inspiration for this novel: Two years ago Liane Moriarty stumbled upon a fascinating article about real life deathbed confessions. She learned about Christian Spurling, who confessed on his deathbed to faking a notorious photo of the Loch Ness Monster. There was ...

  • Emily May
    May 27, 2015

    Emily May

    Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora. The Husband's Secret is a decent book, but I honestly expected to enjoy it a lot more than I did. I love mysteries that focus on the characters and their relationships with each other; and I love reading about morally qu...

  • Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
    May 23, 2015


    5 Stars!!I can honestly say “The Husband’s Secret” is a unique read! In my humble opinion, of course.Why? Because it was like nothing I’ve ever read. With a clever plot, ‘real’ and relatable characters and engaging writing, this novel was amazingly done. I...