The Husbands Secret
- Narrated by: Caroline Lee
- Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release Date:07-30-13
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- FIVE STAR REVIEW
- Publishers' Summary
"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.
©2013 Liane Moriarty (P)2013 Penguin Audio
The Husbands Secret is labelled a Contemporary Novel, yes it is but there's more to it than that or I wouldn't have given it a listen. I was attracted by that word, "Secret", yes, a bit of a mystery here and a bit of romance, but most impressive though is the authors percipient interpretation of the characters' actions. Yes, some of their deeds are a tad unbelievable, but it's a novel, fiction, meant to entertain us, this it does in spades. I am in awe of Liane Moriartys' ability to explain the thinking process of her characters, of how they rationalise their somewhat unrational actions. What sort of crazy man would leave his wife a note like that? Well, have a listen and find out!
The "secret" of the title is revealed fairly early on in the story, this is what makes it a little different, makes it more interesting hooks you, then reels you in as you simply have to discover how on earth these situations were resolved. That's not all though, the final chapter is quite a surprise in itself, just when you think it's over the author serves up more surprises.
This book did exactly what a good book should, it engrossed me, entertained me and involved me.
This has been my first Caroline Lee listen, and very impressive she is too. She has all of those qualities we want and expect of narrators, the pleasant voice, good timing, nuance and rythym. The characters were distinct, you know exactly which one you are listening to and I thought she captured their personalities perfectly. Her male voices were just right with none of that over the top gruffness. The sound quality and editing were excellent.
This audiobook was won from Tekreads monthly draw. The review is not a requirement for entry, but is my honest opinion