Review- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Goodreads Summa17802724ry-At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read
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.



  1. Writing– Liane Moriarty is a stellar writer.  I really appreciate the way she writes dialogue as well as the inner thoughts of her characters.
  2. Unpredictable– I really thought I had all the twists figured out but I always ended up being completely wrong.  What I really enjoyed was the fact that although the twists were unpredictable, they also made a lot of sense and were not completely out of left field.
  3. Believable characters– All the characters are flawed, and very realistic. I did not agree with a lot of the choices that they made but I understood why they made them.
  4. Epilogue- This epilogue might go down as one of my favourites of all time. It was such a unique and genius approach. It truly blew me away.


  1. The Berlin Wall discussions–  There were a lot of references and passages about the Berlin Wall. I understand what the author was trying to do but I don’t think it added anything to the story.


You’ve been here before. It won’t kill you. It feels like you can’t breathe, but you actually are breathing. It feels like you’ll never stop crying, but you actually will.”

“All these years there had been a Tupperware container of bad language in her head, and now she opened it and all those crisp, crunchy words were fresh and lovely, ready to be used.”

“None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have, and maybe should have taken.”


The Husband’s Secret won’t be for everybody, but if the Goodreads summary interests you at all then take my advice and read this book! I devoured this book so quickly, and I can not wait to get my hands on more of Liane Moriarty’s books. I have not read Big Little Lies by the same author, but I did watch the TV show and loved it! If you have read any of her other novels please let me know which one I should read next.

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18 thoughts on “Review- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

  1. Thanks for this review. I saw this book on display and was genuinely curious, but I was weary to pick it up. I am still working through The Hypnotist’s Love Story as an audiobook, and I think that her writing is spectacular as well, but there are issues I have with her book including some discussions that I am hoping take a turn later.

      1. I may have to pick it up when I clear some
        Space on my shelf! Honestly I am enjoying The Hypnotist’s Love Story so far, and I so intend to finish it! Just need several long drives!

  2. Good review! I was writing my novel when this one hit my list to read…. kept thinking, I found my niche genre! I’m so glad you liked this one. I did too… had a few concerns with some parts, but I love how it all comes together.

  3. You definitely made me want to read this. Decided to push up to my TBR. Good review! 😊✨

  4. One of my favorite novels!! I’ve read every one of her books, and they are all great…some more than others. Big Little Lies is the best of them all 🙂 What Alice Forget is my other favorite, it is so good! Then, Three Wishes and The Last Anniversary are my next favorites. The Hypnotist Love Story is really good too, but not as good as those in my opinion.

    Her latest book from last year, Truly, Madly, Guilty was good but hard for me to get into since it just was not up to par with her previous novels. Or maybe it is because I was listening to the audiobook…still it doesn’t have as high a ratings on Goodreads as her others, so I guess I’m not the only one, lol. I loved, loved Big Little Lies on HBO! It was so good. They changed just a few things from the book, so you should be good when you read the book 🙂 Nothing that really changed the storyline, but still minor changes.

      1. Great!! Definitely start with Big Little Lies! Then I’d read What Alice Forgot 😊 I’m so excited you’re going to read them!

        It was a great show! I’ve heard they’re going to make a 2nd season. That should be interesting!

  5. I loved Big Little Lies so much. Liane Moriarty’s writing is so gripping. I’ve wanted to read this ever since BLL so thanks for the review – I’ll definitely be checking it out 😀

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