The Husband's Secret (Unabridged)
by Liane Moriarty
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From the author of the critically acclaimed What Alice Forgot comes a breakout new novel about the secrets husbands and wives keep from each other. Three women. One secret. And a letter that will change everything—forever. Tess. Rachel. Cecilia. Three women living three very different lives. But when Cecilia opens up a Pandora’s box, their lives will intersect in ways none of them could foresee. Cecilia is the woman who seems to have it all: a successful career, a gorgeous husband, and three wonderful daughters. One day she finds an old tattered letter in the attic that’s addressed to her, to be opened only in the event of her husband’s death. But he’s still very much alive. When Cecilia casually mentions it to him on the phone, he laughs it off, telling her to put the letter away. Yet when he flies home early from an overseas business trip, and then frantically searches for the letter, Cecilia realizes there’s something important in it, something she needs to know. Yet even Pandora herself could not prepare Cecilia for what the letter reveals.
Why are there so many 5 star reviews?!
I feel like a total sucker for spending $24 on this audiobook.
The plot is incredibly predictable. It is as cheesy as a Lifetime movie. (but drags on for 12+ hours) By the middle of the book, the story gets so repetitive that I couldn't stand to listen any longer. The characters are annoying and whine constantly.
Although I thought the reading on the audio was ok at first, there were times the readers intonation seemed off. For example, after Cecilia reads the letter. She was having very serious/emotional conversations with her spouse. The reading was done almost in a childish way. I can't imagine a woman would respond in the way this was read.
There were many times I thought the audio made me dislike the characters.
I have noticed lately that all books start to sound the same when you read enough of them but this novel is one of a kind! Not only is the novel a very interesting and thought out story but Caroline Lee does a fantastic job reading! She is very animated and makes the already well written fresh and spunky characters come to life! Loved this book!
Very Unlikeable Characters and Terrible Storytelling
So much naval gazing. So little action. So many thoroughly unlikeable people obsessed with themselves and impossible to root for. Incredibly cheesy and eye-roll worthy resolutions are all you have to look forward to if you keep plugging along and listening too.
If that sounds good to you, then dive on in I guess. Personally, I'd rather do anything except listen to this tripe again (and I normally love introspective, character driven dramas too). I so wish someone had warned me how bad this one was before I wasted hours of my life on it.
On the upside, the narrator was good I guess? Not enough to save this hot mess from a one-star though.