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The Husband's Secret Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged by Liane Moriarty (Author)

I listened to part of this book on audio and read the rest–only switching back and forth due to my own time constraints not because of anything to do with the book. I did find the audio version to be quite wonderful though. Anyway, this book is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. You have to be patient because it takes awhile to find out the big secret and then you’re feeling like, "Where is the author going with this now?" and then things start happening very rapidly and it all comes together in this amazing, tragic but very strangely fitting way that also falls right into line with real life without being too depressing. This book is unlike any book I’ve ever read because of the way it’s written. It’s hard to explain that without spoiling things. I think what Moriarity is best at is nailing the very small moments in life. The ones that seem completely inconsequential and yet, when you add them all up, they add up to a life. She has such control over every scene it is masterful. I think what she does best is, in a brutally honest way, put you right into a person’s brain with all of their imperfect thoughts and feelings, assumptions and flaws and at times you feel like you want to or maybe should hate these characters whose brains you’re so intimately acquainted with now but you recognize so much of their humanity and vulnerability in your own self that you can’t hate them. I identified with something in each of the three storylines. I also identified with about a million small, mundane moments in this book. This is some really powerful writing. It’s breath-taking to read writing this well-controlled, this powerful and this well-delivered. At the end of the book, I found myself bursting into tears. I couldn’t stop crying. Not just because of the book but because so much of what was inside it resonated with me and my own life. It was cathartic. Really amazing. There are a few times in the book I could see people might find it slow but keep going. The ending packs such a wallop. You’ll never see any of it coming and you’ll be glad you read to the end. Check it out!

Amazon.com Review An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2013: Liane Moriary is probably doomed to be forever labeled a writer of “chick lit.” But despite its dopey name, her new novel, The Husband’s Secret, is better described as a comedy of manners and one with a serious undertone. As in her previous books, most successfully What Alice Forgot, Moriarty here wittily and observantly chronicles the life of middle aged, middle class Australian women, suburbanites who grapple with prosaic issues like marital fidelity and torturous ones like moral guilt and responsibility. You can’t help but laugh along with the small observations–“And there was poor little Rob, a teenage boy clumsily trying to make everything right, all false smiles and cheery lies. No wonder he became a real estate agent.” But it’s the big ones–Can good people do very, very bad things, and what, exactly, are we responsible for, and for how long?–that will make you think. This is a deceptively rich novel that transcends its era and place at the same time that it celebrates same. –Sara Nelson –This text refers to the Paperback edition.


The Husband’s Secret Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged by Liane Moriarty (Author) Review

I remember stumbling upon "Three Wishes" when it first came out, reading it and thinking, this woman has major talent. And then forgot to read her subsequent novels until someone pressed me to read "The Husband’s Secret. " I’m so glad I did. Five stars is usually something I reserve for great literature, but Liane Moriarty earns it star by star with her remarkable control of her material. There’s not a single word out of place, not a false note in any of the characters or merging storylines. The end is astonishing. No it’s not great literature, but it’s an awesome effort by a very gifted writer with that rare ability to take one’s breath away with just a few, perfectly-chosen words. -Read Reviews-

Wow! I rarely give out 5 stars for a novel, it has to be exceptional, and this is. A difficult review to write without giving too much away. Suffice it to say that the writing is what makes it exceptional. Moriarty develops each character with a skill that has the reader often wondering. .. what would I do in this case? The way she strings the relationships together make this fiction novel totally believable, and has the reader caring about each character, drawing us in and reading far later than we intended to. We don’t always make the the right choices in life. Sometimes not making a choice is a choice in itself. This is a thought-provoking, emotional, and masterfully crafted novel focusing on the complexities of relationships, secrets, forgiveness, trust and love, that will have you thinking about this novel long after you’ve finished it. The novel also has a couple of back-stories going on as well, it’s not all about the husband’s secret, but all the pieces are intricately woven, bringing it to a satisfying conclusion. In my humble opinion, I loved the ending (except for the fact that it was indeed ending. ) The epilogue was my favorite part, actually. It reinforced a suspicion I had about the “secret” earlier in the novel, but also gives us a look at everything from other “what if” perspectives. I will definitely read more by this Australian author. Highly recommended for book clubs, there is a lot to discuss. Don’t miss it. Thanks to Amazon for the opportunity to review the uncorrected proof (advance readers copy) prior to its release.

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