"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
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"In The Husband's Secret,, Liane Moriarty has created a contemporary Pandora whose dilemma is spellbinding. Shocking, complex and thought-provoking, this is a story reading groups will devour. A knockout!" (Emily Giffin, New York Times best-selling author)
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3 out of 5 stars
Von Adralind Am hilfreichsten 02.09.2014

OK, but a little bit annoying

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

The speaker does a good job and her Australian accent is lovely. What I found annoying, though, is that there are numerous repititions of the same thoughts or variations on the same theme. Also, for my taste there are too many coincidences by which the characters' lives are interwoven.

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2 out of 5 stars
Von BikerJoe Am hilfreichsten 18.08.2015

Desperate Housewives, Clichés and Prejudices

Agreed, men should not read chick lit, but the plot sounded intriguing and the book was Amazon’s “best book of the month” and received incredibly positive reviews. It is just flabbergasting and unbelievable, what some of the reviews say about the book. The only explanation I can come up with is that the majority of chick lit is so bad that this book appears to be great by comparison.

The book is full of outdated clichés and women are portrayed in such an old-fashioned way that any modern woman (at least all the women, I know) should be insulted:
- Holding successful Tupperware Parties is the pinnacle of female achievement and all the women will envy you for that.
- Designing funny Easter-Hats for the Easter parade of your children is the highlight of the year
- Having a spotless home and a nicely organized pantry is the essence of life
- Sex with your husband is plain fare, but an affair with the gorgeous looking gym teacher with the great body is invigorating and incredibly exciting. Of course the guy rides a motorbike as well to complete the cliché. Naturally your husband should never learn about that.

To be fair, men are not much better off:
- Men are simple minded and can be jerked around easily. Husbands would do anything just to be allowed to stay with their children. Somehow children seem to be the property of women and they decide, how much time a father can spend with his offspring.
- Men are incredible vain, if you insult their pride, they easily go over the edge.
- Men remain boys at heart. They like to fix things in the house and women have to clean up the mess and call the plumber, electrician etc. to get everything back into working condition.

The plot is unreal and full of the most unlikely coincidences.

Cecilia Fitzpatric is the perfect wife and mother and lives in a perfect world with the perfect husband and 3 perfect daughters. Her perfect life is threatened to come to an end, when roaming around on the attic, she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. Of course she opens it and has the shock of her life.

Tess O'Leary learns that her husband Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, have fallen in love. Worst of all, Will and Felicity expect from Tess to accept that and to go on with life as before. Hearing this, Tess travels with her son to Sidney to live with her mother. Of course it is no surprise that she meets her old boyfriend there, Connor Whitby, who still seems to have feelings for her.

Connor Whitby is the PE teacher in the school, where Tess enrolls her son. Another surprise, Rachel Crowley, the school secretary, is convinced that Connor is the man, who 30 years ago killed her daughter.

Step by step the reader learns that the lives of all these characters are closely linked and the murder of Rachel’s daughter is not forgotten.

Apart from the content, the story is nicely told and in some parts quite humorous. I am not sure, whether all of the humor is intended, but you will get a laugh out of it anyway. Hardcore chick lit fans will love the book, I did not.

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