Favorite Factor: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 in Adult Fiction, Review | 7 comments


the husband's secret The Husband’s Secret

by: Liane Moriarty

 My Darling Cecilia
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died . . .

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 . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick achieved it all – she’s an incredibly successful business woman, 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 devastating secret

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Welcome To..

favoritefactorwith Hannah and Cassie

Favorite Factor is a feature in which Hannah and I take some adult novels that we both have an interest in, do review with a TWIST, and let you know about the five factors:

  • The Faces: Characters
  • The Frame: Setting
  • The Flow: Plot
  • The Feelings: Relationships
  • The Function: Overall
  • The Finale: Chat style wrap-up!

At the end is when we talk a bit together about how we each felt about the book at hand, and then we give  it a shiny rating, the rating shows how much, or little, of a favorite the novel is!





Now, we’re in Australia but other than some of the terminology, it didn’t FEEL too far off from a US suburb.  So while the setting did not POP it is not because it was poorly developed, it was just never the true FOCUS of the story.


The pacing in this story was pure perfection.  We get three main POV’s, Rachel, Cecilia and Tess.  Each one tells their own story, and each is going through something entirely different from the next, but each story is so intriguing, so captivating, that there are times when you wish it wasn’t about to SWITCH to the next woman because you want to know NOW what happened!


I have a real love for each of these main characters.  You have to respect them for their decisions, and then also wonder at times what they are thinking, and WHY they choose to put themselves through the things that they do!  But I must say I had a favorite face.  CONNOR.  I wanted MORE CONNOR.  And also, I thought Jacob and Liam were absolutely adorable – there was only one character I disliked.. and well.  We won’t go there!

fffunctionFor a book that took on SO MUCH, I can not believe how well it flowed.  There were several storylines being told, and we never felt jipped.  Each woman told her story, HER way, and there was never a confusion.  No one got lost in the drama, everyone reacted just as THEY would have.  I have to say Moriarty did a beautiful job telling a very realistic tale.  DEFINITELY one that leaves you thinking!


Oh my goooodnessss. SO MANY FEELINGS.  Mostly for the poor kids!  There’s a point when I wanted to jump in and just save them all because their parents are all TRYING but I feel that every decision they made in the end was the wrong one!  I loved the mother/son relationship between Tess and Liam, and the grandmother/grandson with Rachel and Jacob, those were my favorites.


 Cassie So Hannah, what did you think overall about The Husband’s Secret?
 Hannah:  Overall, I was REALLY pleased with this read! From the interesting characters to the desire to find out the husband’s secret, I was hooked from the first page. I was really glad we chose this as our first read! What about you?
 me:  I gotta say, I agree! To be honest I hadn’t heard much about it other than you mentioning it to me!  But each storyline was so engrossing I couldn’t wait to read more!
 Hannah:  Exactly! I don’t always like having multiple perspectives in a book, but I felt like each character was so well-drawn and 

 and different from one another that it just made the book stronger.
 Cassie: Totally agree!  I’m super glad we read this one, and while not an ALL TIME favorite I would definitely rec it to tons of contemporary fans!
 Hannah:  I would definitely recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction! Was there anything that kept it from being a favorite for you? 
 Cassie:  Hmmm.. you know, there’s not!  I adored the epilogue [OMG, nuts!] But my absolute favorites are the ones with staying power, those that leave  a lasting impression and I take something from it.  This didn’t have THAT factor, so I guess thats why its not an all time fave.
 Hannah:  I was going to say the same thing! There wasn’t anything I disliked or that bothered me in this book, but it also didn’t really have a big personal impact on me. My all-time favorites are the ones that are so memorable and personal to me that I know I’ll want to re-read them, and that’s the only thing I think was missing from this book.
 Cassie:  Well, that I also agree with! I can’t wait for next months pick… 
 Hannah:  Me too! I’m really excited about reading more adult fiction with you. I would also like to point out that this book is currently less than $6  for Kindles soooo…
 Cassie:  So get off your butts and BUY IT!


-The Consensus-


My oh my! What a journey Liane Moriarty took us on! I already purchased another of her novels, and I can’t WAIT to try some others! 


 Don’t forget to go check out Hannah’s thoughts!



  1. Omigoodness! I’m so glad that I’m not in bed yet, and got to read this right away … loving this new feature! I used to read WAY more adult fiction before I got into blogging, and have stayed stuck in the YA world a bit too long. Don’t get me wrong, I do love YA, but definitely missing adult fiction. Me Before You just reminded me of that (plus We Are Water that I read a couple of weeks ago!) SOOOO, I will be looking to you ladies to feed my adult reading … starting with Nowhere But Home, which is going to be my reward after I’ve cleaned out my review pile =) This one’s going on the TBR though for sure … sounds awesome!
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  2. I’ve only read one Liane Moriarty book, What Alice Forgot, but I LOVED it. I told myself that I’ll have to read some more of her stuff, so I might do this one next! It sounds really good. :) Love the Australia setting, too!
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    • Yes!!!! I bought that one for under five dollars!! Sounds really good!

  3. Y’all, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this feature! I have the hardest time finding adult fiction books that I ENJOY (which is the main reason I ventured into YA, and I’m SO GLAD I did! haha), so I love that you’re sharing these on the blog. I’ll be looking forward to this every month. :)

  4. okay, so yeah, judging by my twitter flails, I thiiiink you might be aware of my love for adult reads. I’ve had my eye on this one for a while now and am OMGSOHAPPY to hear you two loved it! A coworker of mine LOVED this book and immediately bought some of her other books. We have a very, veeery similar taste so I know I’ll be all over this one!

    :) I’m loving this feature and seriously cannot wait for the next one!
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  5. Not sure I want to read this book, BUT… I like this feature and can’t wait for you guys to harass me into reading another book. It will be hard to find one that lives up to Nowhere But Home!
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  6. I already left a comment on Hannah’s version of this post, but I love that you guys are doing this new feature! It’s going to be awful for my wallet, I’m sure. This book sounds utterly fascinating, and I’m loving the fact that there are three stories to be told! I’m definitely checking this one out.
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