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August 2, 2013 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Husband's Secret by Liane MoriartyThe Husband’s Secret
by Liane Moriarty
Narrated by Caroline Lee

Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Amy Einhorn/Penguin
Publish Date: July 30, 2013
Format: Audio, 13 hours | 44 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Easy – Intermediate
Rating: 4½ of 5

Publisher’s Synopsis:

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret – something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .

My Thoughts:

The Husband’s Secret is the story of three very different women who’s lives become intertwined in unexpected ways. Told in alternating chapters from the viewpoints of each of the three women, it’s a compelling family drama sprinkled with humor and wit.

Celia, an obsessive-compulsive type who strives for perfection, stumbles across a letter from her husband to be opened in the event of his death. After some soul searching she opens the envelope and finds a Pandora’s Box in the contents of the letter. Tess is dealing with an unfaithful husband who, seemingly out of nowhere, informs her that he has fallen in love with her cousin who is also their business partner. Rachel, now a grandmother, has never achieved closure on the decades old murder of her teenage daughter, is struggling with the impending move of her son, daughter-in-law and grandson to another country.

While the topics themselves are heavy – infidelity, secrets, lies and murder — the story itself is a fast-paced almost light read. Throughout we ask the question, how well do we really know those we think we know best? And how far would you go to protect your family? As the consequences of each character’s actions unfold, the lives of the three women intersect and the pieces of the puzzle fall together.

I listened to the audiobook, performed by Caroline Lee. While she has narrated many audiobooks, this was my first experience listening to her. Although I had to be alert for changes in point of view, her variations in tone and voice made it easy to follow the different characters. When reading a print novel I tend to hear my own voice in my head but her authentic Australian accent added emphasis that the story was set in Sydney and Melbourne.

In a final emphasis on the consequences of our actions, the story ended with an epilogue in which the author showed us the future of each character had they, or others, gone down the road not taken, ie an alternate life. I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the ending. For me it was the “icing on the cake”. A satisfying and recommended read.

Source: Review copy provided by Penguin Audio.
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  1. laurelrainsnow / Aug 2 2013 11:50 am

    I liked that epilogue, too; we often wonder what if we had taken a different road. I enjoyed this one…and I now wonder how it would be to listen to the story with an Australian narrator.


    • Leslie / Aug 2 2013 11:54 am

      I enjoyed the narration. And with the accent the setting was firmly in place in my mind.


  2. BermudaOnion / Aug 2 2013 12:59 pm

    I loved her last book and can’t wait to get to this one!


  3. postingfornow / Aug 2 2013 1:37 pm

    The idea of the epilogue sounds interesting. Thanks for your review.


  4. Elizabeth / Aug 3 2013 8:00 am

    It was a good epilogue. I really enjoyed the book.

    I bet it was really good hearing the Australian accent.

    THANKS for your review.

    Silver’s Reviews


  5. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out / Aug 4 2013 10:51 pm

    I wondered if the narrator would be Australian or American. I am so glad you enjoyed the book!


  6. Beth F / Aug 5 2013 11:18 am

    I love the what-if? sections!


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