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Review of ‘The Husband’s Secret’ by Liane Moriarty

I have heard a lot of great things about this book and that was the first reason I wanted to read it, and after reading the description, it completely sold it for me! I’m going to admit that I was only slightly drawn in by the author’s surname, being an avid Sherlock fan, but that in no way influenced my sheer enjoyment and captivation whilst reading this book.

Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:

About The Book


‘The Husband’s Secret’ by Liane Moriarty

My Review

The Husband’s Secret is a contemporary adult fiction novel with a massive hint of mystery in, constantly keeping the reader on edge for what is coming next. The first reason why I liked this book from the very beginning is it is set in Australia and not in the US, which puts a slight twist on regular fiction that almost always US or UK.

No events were ever directly told to the reader, apart from when it had to be. There was a lot of reading between the lines to be done, which made the story completely unpredictable! Some elements of the story were told to us, such as one of the final events with accident could be seen coming, but the final outcomes of these circumstances were not predictable at all. The novel was very fast paced, with shorter chapters making you want to move on and having cliffhangers at the end of chapters spurred you on even more. As there were 3 different sets of characters, the chapters almost happened consecutively, taking it in turn to tell each story, so you had to read on before finding out the cliffhanger to one chapter, whilst introducing two more tense endings in the process, it was a never ending cycle!

Each character had their flaws, and their own likeable characteristics as well. Cecilia was likeable, but then you had to either agree or disagree with her decision on keeping her husband’s secret, John Paul could be see very heavily both light. Rachel seemed quite indecisive and had a mixture of feelings, which made me as a reader have mixed feeling for her, and Tess as well could be seen as a sulking adult or doing the sensible thing, depending on your viewpoint. I did like Polly, who was Cecilia’s youngest daughter, as she seemed like the most neutral and calmest character in a very hectic, busy, but very good book. All of the characters had such an extensive history and background, which not only helped with the telling of the story, but was great for character development and to show their strengths and flaws, and making them feel so much more real- a lot less flat.

I was constantly guessing about what might happen in the story next! My mind was overloaded with information and possibilities, and I was constantly tense and on edge as I was reading. My favourite part of the book was towards the end, even though everything seemed to mush into one from so much reading! It was so much more tense, quite climactic, then deflates a bit when secrets start to come out and other characters reacted. However, the epilogue really did leave me in complete shock! It was so unexpected and such a great way to end the novel, although I know some people can argue that point! From reading The Husband’s Secret, I learnt that nothing can be assumed, and you shouldn’t throw your life/happiness away based on assumptions.

This book is a more adult read, as it has quite a complex story line with a lot of intertwining characters, so some younger readers may find it difficult to follow. There are also a few bouts of cursing.

My Rating: 5 Muffins out of 5

Where To Buy

If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):


The Book Depository

  Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)

By bookmuffin

I like books and tea. MA Children's Literature student.

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