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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tuesday - First Chapter - First Paragraph - The Husband's Secret



Each Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first part of a book that she is reading or thinking about reading.  This week I'm sharing the first few paragraphs of The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.  This is a re-read for me.  I've read it in print, but I haven't listened to it on audio yet.  The narrator is the wonderful Caroline Lee, and I love her voice.  You've likely either read this book or at least heard of it.  See what you think:




     Poor, poor Pandora.  Zeus sends her off to marry Epimetheus, a not especially bright man she's never even met, along with a mysterious covered jar.  Nobody tells Pandora a word about the jar.  Nobody tells her not to open the jar.  Naturally, she opens the jar.  What else has she got to do?  How was she to know that all those dreadful ills would go whooshing out to plague mankind forevermore, and that the only thing left in the jar would be hope?  Why wasn't there a warning label?  And then everyone's like, Oh Pandora.  Where's your willpower?  You were told not to open that box, you snoopy girl, you typical woman with your insatiable curiosity; now look what you've gone and done.  When for one thing it was a jar, not a box, and for another--how many times does she have to say it?--nobody said a word about not opening it!


Blurb:

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.

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I totally enjoyed this book when I read it in print.  The humor is such fun, but the story does get a little serious.  And Caroline Lee's narration, with her great Australian accent, is perfect.  Would you continue reading??  If you've read this book, what did you think?

52 comments:

  1. I loved this book! I read it a couple of months ago, and I still need to write up a review for it. If I get a chance to re-read, audio will be my way to go too.

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    1. I think you'll like the audio. All the sarcasm is funny. :-)

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  2. I really enjoyed this book and I went on to read other books by this author which were also good - It sounds like they have picked a great narrator for the audio book. Here is my Tuesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/first-chapter-first-paragraph-july14/

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    1. Good to know that you liked it too, although I'm not surprised. I'm thinking of listening to Big Little Lies again too.

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  3. The first paragraph didn't exactly grab me but the blurb has great appeal. It sounds very intriguing.

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    1. I liked it a lot Margot. The humor in it really spoke to me or rather it's how I speak a lot. LOL

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  4. How could I possibly resist? Secrets--especially of the "not til I'm dead" variety are just ... well, irresistible. This goes on the wishlist.

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    1. I know. I'm always interested in secrets. I must have been born nosy. LOL

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  5. Oh, yes! I'd keep on reading - I haven't read it, or, shockingly, even heard of it! It's definitely one I'll look out for.

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    1. I enjoyed it, Margaret. It's not a 'regular' mystery, but a combo of domestic and mystery and lots of sarcasm.

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  6. I really enjoyed this one--it wasn't at all what I expected!

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    1. Good to know that you liked it too, Jenclair. And I wanted to point out that not everything is exactly the way you might think. Right?

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  7. This is a great book -- hope you love it.

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    1. I did love it. Review will come in a couple of weeks. Being away, I've gotten a bit ahead on my review posts. Yay!

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  8. Well, that is a different intro for sure. I would keep reading as I've heard so many good things about this one.

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    1. I liked it, Diane. It might not be for everyone, but it hit the spot for me.

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    1. It's fun and interesting and humorous (in a dark way) and sort of a reflection of how the world is now.

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  10. I've read this one! Then I read it again as a book club selection. One of my favorite authors.
    Today I am featuring When the Moon Is Low by Nadia Hashimi.

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    1. Bet you had a good discussion about it or maybe just a good laugh, Kim.

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  11. This was my first book by the author, and I loved it! It set me on a course of reading enjoyment that continues to this day. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine: “THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTER”

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    1. I'm glad to know that Laurel. I've read one other of her books, but I want to read all of them.

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  12. HI, Kay! I read this one not long ago and really enjoyed it. I'll be interested to know what you think about the audio version.

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    1. Monica, I think that's why I thought about listening to this one - after you shared that you were reading it or had read it. So, thanks!!

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  13. I'll be interested to see what you think of this one. I read it last year and was probably one of the only people who didn't love it! Too much mommy politics for me. But, I realize I'm the anomaly here...

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    1. Sarah, I do understand what you are talking about. Yes, I can see how the whole 'mommy' stuff could get a bit much. I think, for me, I am always amused and amazed at the competition these days. It existed back in the late '80's - early '90's - when I was my girl was young, but not to this uber extent. I find it funny. :-)

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  14. Oh, yes... I've been wanting to read this ever since I finished Big Little Lies. Love your idea of an audio reread, too!

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    1. The narrator is great, JoAnn. She does the humor/sarcasm quite well or I thought so anyway.

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    1. I'm so glad that so many have enjoyed this book too!

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  16. That sounds good. I love when there is humor too.

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    1. It certainly helps to lighten things up. Thanks for coming by!

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  17. Interesting. I read a book a while ago that was sort of like this in the sense that it was more serious in some parts but hilarious. I've added this to my want to read list. My book I just ready is Alive by Scott Sigler and you can find my review and an excerpt here: http://www.girl-who-reads.com/2015/07/review-alive-by-scott-sigler.html

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    1. And thank you for coming by, Elisabeth!

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  18. I've only read one of Liane Moriarty's books 'Little Lies', and loved it! Mainly for the humour, and this opening paragraph is just so good! I've got her on the TBR to read more and must prioritise her - I love the way she writes! Thanks for the push!

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    1. Yes, I read that book too - called Big Little Lies here. The same kind of snarky humor, interspersed with some serious topics. You should try this one for sure.

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  19. I've been wanting to read this one for awhile and I'm glad to hear it works well in audio.I would absolutely keep reading! I'm looking forward to getting to this one.

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    1. Hope you get to try it, Katherine. You'd probably nod your head over some of the mommy drama. :-)

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  20. I keep seeing this book in my library but have never picked it up. I think I will now.

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    1. You should try it, Emma, and see what you think. :-)

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  21. I enjoyed this one. It was very suspenseful and compelling. Kept me guessing for sure. It's not my favorite by this author (that would be BIG LITTLE LIES), but I liked it a lot.

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    1. I really liked Big Little Lies too. I'm thinking of listening to it again. I just love that narrator's voice.

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  22. I keep hearing about this one and definitely would love to read it!

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    1. Hope you'll be able to try it, Iliana.

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  23. I liked this book very much. I had it in print and on audio.

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    1. I thought it was definitely different and then when I read Big Little Lies, I loved it as well.

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  24. I'm looking forward to reading this book after all the rave reviews. I'm glad you enjoyed the audio version too.

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    1. I really liked the book either way - audio or print. You should try it.

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  25. Heard of it, but not read it yet. It sounds interesting! And I appreciate that the audiobook is well read. I love a good audiobook.

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    1. If you like audio, you should try this one. I think it would either suit well or you'd know it wouldn't fairly quickly.

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  26. I was surprised at how much I liked this one when I read it. I don't know that I liked it enough to revisit it even in audio, but it was one I would recommend to friends.

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    1. I think that this one had more to it than most people thought. I felt the same about Big Little Lies. Had the humor, but some serious issues too.

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