The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The husbands secret
Published by Penguin in August 2013.

“Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband’s hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death.

Curious, she opens it – and time stops.

John-Paul’s letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others.

Cecilia – betrayed, angry and distraught – wants to do the right thing, but right for who? If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will worm through her heart. But if she reveals her husband’s secret, she will hurt those she loves most . . .”


Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.

It jumped straight into the action with Cecilia trying to decide whether or not she should open the letter that was clearly written by her husband, this created a mysterious atmosphere and made me want to know more.  When Felicity, Tess and Will were introduced followed by Rachel, Lauren, Rob and Jacob I couldn’t quite figure out where all these characters fit into the storyline or how each group of people connected with each other.  Gradually, however, I began to see links forming and everything started to make sense. Glances back to 1984 gave me even more insight into the situation and the puzzle pieces continued to join together.

There was more than one mystery running through the storyline and this kept me on my toes trying to guess what the secrets were. I got to the point where I had a pretty good idea of what the mysterious letter contained so when the big reveal came I wasn’t too shocked.  The aftermath of that reveal was written in a way that felt so genuine, it was like I was there alongside the characters and feeling their emotions too.

I loved how the author raised the issue of social anxiety because this was something that I haven’t found in other books.  It is a subject very close to me and I felt that the author tackled it with perfect accuracy, feeling, and the kind of detail that makes you nod your head with understanding.

The tension built throughout and I got the feeling that it was all leading to a significant, possibly dramatic, moment.  Well goodness me was I correct!  What actually happened was not something I had foreseen but it was certainly dramatic and carried a clear significance to previous events.

The whole book was beautifully written but the epilogue in particular really stood out for me, it was so thought-provoking and left me contemplating life’s decisions.

This was a touching read that was thought-provoking and utterly addictive.


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