The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

By Liane Moriarty

  • Release Date: 2013-07-30
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4 (From 5,525 Ratings)


“A novel that’s perfect for vacation reading.” —People

“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

“The Husband's Secret is a smart, thoughtful read… [a] lip-smacking and intelligently written novel.” —Entertainment Weekly

"For a provocative page-turner, read The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty." —Woman's World

"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.


  • Great plot!

    By JJBLT
    Loved this, couldn’t put it down
  • Awesome Vacation Read!

    By lexielexgirl1
    You won’t be able to put it down!
  • Great read!

    By Jammer$$
    I couldn’t put this book down. The way the characters all came together in the end was spellbinding.
  • Predictable but good

    By Deej1367
    The “twists” weren’t all that surprising, but overall a decent summer read
  • So good!

    By Frankieroger
    I could not put this book down, grabs you in from the first page on!!
  • It was just okay

    By Kiarra Monique
    The premise of this novel was highly intriguing, unfortunately, for me, it didn't live up to that. This was my first liane Moriarty book, but I'd been drawn to her work because of how delightfully good the HBO adaptation of Big Little Lies was. So, I came in with high expectations. As I mentioned, the premise had a heck of a hook....wife finds a note husband only intended for her to read when he was dead, but he's still very much alive! To my displeasure the plot didn't focus solely on said husband and wife, there was a lot of jumping around to the point where it was like multiple. mini stories within a bigger story. I generally like that--when every mini story has a purpose/impact on the overall plot. Rachel's story was necessary because she is the only living parent of the dead girl. However, Tess's story left me scratching my head. Like, why did I jus spend hours reading about her when she had nothing to do with the overall plot/premise? Generally, I found much of the story to be a bit dull and pointless. The best part of the book was the end. When the author launches into the "what if's" of the book. I reallllly liked that bit and it made me look at the story a bit differently.
  • Pretty Good

    By MissChargers619
    This book was better than I thought it would be. Very predictable, but still enjoyable. The dialogue was believable and I could buy the way the characters acted and reacted to the events.
  • Unputdownable

    By AuntJannie
    Loved this book! I enjoy the author’s unique style. For me, her style of unfolding the characters and their stories is fresh and compelling. There were several clever, laugh out loud moments where her use of words was hilarious. I read it because I enjoyed Big Little Lies on HBO, and wanted to see how one of Liane Moriarty’s books would be. I will be buying her others shortly!
  • Slow beginning

    By hopeafin
    Slow beginning but I was hooked after chapter 7 or 8. Ending very emotional and really makes you think of the secrets we all keep or are kept from us!
  • Not what I was expecting

    By mslit13
    This book took me by surprise. It had twists and turns, but was consistent in the storyline. Amazing book, highly recommend it!