Teaser Tuesdays: The Husband’s Secret


For some reason (maybe the blurb at the back of the book, or the comparisons with Gone Girl), I read this book thinking it was going to be a thriller. Turns out that there are some thrills in it, but it’s more of a woman’s fiction kind of book – somewhere along the lines of The Escape Artist. I must be living under a rock or something, but it seems like there’s a new lighter, more emotional sort of thriller that’s getting popular these days.

Here’s a teaser, that I thought was quite true in general about long-married couples. What do you think?

It’s all about our egos.

She felt she was on the edge of understanding something important.

They could fall in love with fresh, new people, or they could have the courage and humility to tear off some essential layer of themselves and reveal to each other a whole new level of otherness, a level far beyond what sort of music they liked.

It seemed to her everyone had too much self-protective pride to truly strip down to their souls in front of their long-term partners. It was easier to pretend there was nothing more to know, to fall into an easygoing companionship.

It was almost embarrassing to be truly intimate with your spouse; how could you watch someone floss one minute, and the next minute share your deepest passion or most ridiculous, trite little fears? It was almost easier to talk about that sort of thing before you’d shared a bathroom and a bank account and argued over the packing of the dishwasher.

The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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  • Laurel-Rain Snow

    I enjoyed this book…it was my first by Lianne Moriarty, which started me on a fan journey through her other books. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    • Nishita

      @laurelrainsnow:disqus This is my first Moriarty too 🙂

  • laura thomas

    How profound. Truly! I also found it difficult to be a couple once I became a mother. Wish I could put it in words as well as this author did.

    My TT from Grilled, Chilled and Killed

    • Nishita

      @laurathomas61:disqus I really liked this snippet. It comes across even better within the context of the book. These are the thoughts of a woman contemplating divorce, and then deciding to take on a braver choice of staying with her husband and attempting to rebuild her marriage.

  • Karen

    But if you can share those moments and still have adult conversations then you have a really strong relationship

    • Nishita

      @disqus_gmoXW9BOB2:disqus That’s very true. So often though, we get caught up in the day to day and miss connecting at a deeper level.

  • literaryfeline

    I love that teaser. I really liked the book when I read it. I hope you do too! Thank you for sharing!

    • Nishita

      @literaryfeline:disqus I liked it too. I didn’t much care for the epilogue, but overall pleasant read. My expectations entering the book was that it would be darker, and there would be more mystery to the book.

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