‘The Husband’s Secret’ by Liane Moriarty | AllisonReads

While browsing for recommendations on Goodreads a while back, I discovered “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty. This popped up as a recommendation because I loved “Gone Girl”, and had great reviews, so I put it on my book list and hit the bookstore. I couldn’t wait to dive into it!  (Don’t worry, no spoilers ahead!)


“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 is the ultimate supermom housewife.  Between raising three daughters and a booming Tupperware business, she’s generally happy with her family and life.  Then one day, Cecilia discovers a letter from her husband that was left hidden away in case of his death– except she finds it while her husband is still alive.  The letter contains a shocking secret, and Cecilia has to figure out what to do next.

“The Husband’s Secret” follows the separate lives of three women and their families in Sydney, Australia. In addition to Cecilia, you get to know Tess, a marketing executive who is having a crisis in her marriage, and Rachel, a woman who is still struggling to cope with the murder of her teenage daughter 25 years ago.  Each chapter switches to a different person and their storyline, then at some point in the novel everybody’s paths begin to cross.   All three women are dealing with an issue in their personal lives, and the way their lives come together impacts the decisions they make moving forward.  I would say the genre is a darker, more dramatic chick-lit.

This was a page turner for me.  I couldn’t wait to find out what the husband’s secret was, and as most novels do, the ending had some surprises as well.  There was a bit of a lull for me in the third quarter of the book, but otherwise I flew through it pretty quickly.  If you are looking for a chick-lit type of read that is a little less fluffy, I definitely recommend this one!  I liked the characters and the plot, and the epilogue at the end was especially great (don’t forget to read it!).

Have you read anything great lately?


  • http://macyxmakeup.blogspot.com/ Macy

    I can’t wait to read this! I saw this in your haul and instantly put it on my goodreads account to remind me to pick it up! :)

  • Sarah

    I just read the author’s other book, What alice forgot, and it was great too! I haven’t read this one, but I’m on the waiting list at the library. Can’t wait to read it too :)

    • Allison Anderson

      I’ll have to read What Alice Forgot, that one sounds good :)

  • http://www.librarianlavender.com Librarian Lavender

    I’ve got this book waiting for me as well and can’t wait to read it! It sounds great!

  • http://www.noirettediary.com/ Siham Hamdan

    Oh lol I thought it was going to be a really romantic one and kind of kept reading the description and it all got so creepy! Sounds so interesting!
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    • Allison Anderson

      Haha the cover looks so sweet and romantic, right?! But it isn’t at all :)

  • clairabelle0306

    I bought this book at the same time as Gone Girl, because of your last post, I haven’t red them yet I’m saving them for my holiday but I’m very excited! I feel like I should have a draw for my Allison enabled purchases haha :)
    xxx Claire

  • http://carlyblogshere.blogspot.com/ carly

    I’ve seen this book around so much, but for some reason I’ve never been drawn into it enough to really stop and see what it was about! I’ve wanted to read What Alice Forgot for a while now, but after reading your post I think I would really like this book too!

    Also, you should check out Reconstructing Amelia! It’s in the same mystery/thriller genre as Gone Girl though it’s A LOT different– really good though!

    • Allison Anderson

      I’ll put that one on my to-read list, thanks for the recommendation! :)

  • Carina Stewart

    I’ve heard this book is amazing! I’m about to start Looking For Alaska by John Green but I think this will be the next read after that.
    Carina | http://www.carstina.com/

  • Chelsea

    Right now I’m reading “Gone Girl”, after reading your review of it. I really like it! I’ll add this one to my list of books to read too. :)
    -Chelsea | http://chelseamakeup14.blogspot.com

    • Allison Anderson

      Yay! Glad you like Gone Girl! :)

  • http://melaniface.blogspot.com.au/ melaniface

    I saw this yesterday. Now I know I need to go back & get it!


  • Piper Brown

    I loved this book!

  • http://jennywelsh.blogspot.co.uk/ Jenny Welsh

    I read this book recently and absolutely loved it. I bought ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes at the same time and would highly recommend it. It’s such a compelling read and had me in tears at the end!

  • Tanvi Koushik

    Gone Girl and the Husband’s Secret (plus about a hundred others) are now both on my to-read list, wish my exams would stop ruining everything. Spoiltsports.


  • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

    This book sounds really good! My best friend recently read it and loved it, so I really need to pick this one up.

  • Sammi Sunshine

    This sounds so intriguing! I literally tweeted yesterday “What should my next book be? I’m looking for recommendations!” Now I know! Thanks for the recommendation :)

    Sammi Sunshine
    A Food Blog

  • Sandra

    I just read this one myself. I wasn’t really enjoying the first half as much as I could, because the only thing I could think about is when the secret is going to be revelaed, but the second half was pretty amazing! There were definitely some twists I didn’t expect.

    Sandra – The Puzzle of Sandra’s Life

  • Brittany Targaryen

    This book sounds really good. I haven’t heard of the author but when I get done with my books I’m currently reading, I’ll pick this one up

  • http://northern-beauty.blogspot.ca/ Jenna Doeleman

    Sounds like another add to my kindle wish list. Possibly one for the beach in month or 2 :) Just gotta say that haven’t been by your blog in a while (been a lazy blog reader the last month or two) and I LOVE the new look. The pastel icons and cute script writing are so you (at least the you we get to see, right!).

    • Allison Anderson

      Well thank you, I really appreciate that!! I’ve put a lot of work into figuring out a design I like so it’s nice to hear that people notice it :) thanks!

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    Kendall || liveeatkendall.blogspot.com

  • Shan

    Looks interesting, will have to add it to my kindle list. Just got done with The Fault in Our Stars, good but not awesome. Hope to read this soon. I think my next read is going to be Flowers in the Attic by V.C Andrews

  • Teresa

    Ummm this completely sold me and I cannot wait to read! Looks like I’ll be going to the book store tomorrow to pick this up! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • http://beautopiaxoxo.blogspot.com/ beautopiaxoxo

    I’m going to have to look into this and add to my list of to reads!


  • http://www.afairytalelifestyle.com/ Hazel Vee

    This title has intrigued me for months! I keep picking it up and putting it back down lol. One of these days I’ll buckle down and read it! I’m currently reading “We Were Liars” and even though I’m still pretty much in the beginning, things are starting to get a wee bit intense lol

  • http://www.onegirlsneverland.blogspot.com/ Lindsay @ One Girl’s Neverland

    I read this after seeing your book haul and enjoyed it! I agree there was a bit of a lull but it was exciting discovering all of the different secrets. Love your book-related posts/videos!

  • http://www.elre.co.za Elre Hugo

    Hey Allison! I saw this review and instantly wanted to read the book (this was a while ago!). I did read it (this week only) and I enjoyed it A LOT! I love your recommendations and reviews. Thank you!