The Secrets of Married Women

Author: Mason, Carol

Publication Date:

June 2017



Original language and publisher

English | Lake Union

Territories Handled

Netherlands, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

Audio (Brilliance)
Arabic (Dar Oktob)
Hungary (Nouvion Trade Sociedad Anonima)
Israel (Armchair)
Serbia (Evro Books)
Czech Republic (Euromedia)
North Macedonia (Kultura Publishing House)


Crime & Thrillers

The Secrets of Married Women

Author: Mason, Carol


A writer of compelling insight, with a gritty yet humorous edge. – The Daily Mirror

Mason’s writing is absorbing. While reading a spicy bit about Leigh’s affair while taking the bus to work, I rode past my stop. – Vancouver Sun.

What really goes on behind closed doors? Carol Mason unlocks life behind a marriage in this strong debut. – Heat Magazine

This poignant novel deals with honesty, forgiveness, love and the realities of modern-day marriage. – Notebook Magazine, Australia

A grand little book for the festive fireside. – Irish Evening Herald

Full of realistic emotional twists. There is a refreshing honesty about the numbness that comes from discovering an infidelity and the shame that comes with perpetrating one. – The Telegraph, UK

A bittersweet narrative and ambiguous outcomes make this much grittier and more substantial than standard chick-lit fare. – The Financial Times 

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is harder.

For readers of Dorothy Koomson, Lucie Whitehouse and Liane Moriarty.

When Jill’s husband discovers he can never have children, it tears a hole in their marriage that Jill doesn’t know how to repair. Frustrated, she seeks comfort in her friends: fierce Leigh, with her high-powered career and doting family, and sweet, uncomplicated Wendy, who has a rock-solid marriage any woman would envy.

Leigh and Wendy’s lives seem perfect. But beneath the surface are secrets that could tear their friendship apart.

Leigh has grown tired of her stay-at-home husband and is looking for excitement—outside of the marriage bed. And after seventeen years of marriage, Wendy can’t shake the sense that there is something missing in her life.

As Jill is drawn deeper into her friends’ relationships, she is confronted by a temptation of her own: an intriguing stranger whose good looks and charm spark an instant connection.

Full of the realities of modern-day marriage, The Secrets of Married Women asks the question: how well can we ever know our husbands, our friends, or even ourselves?

Marketing Information

  • Over 122,300 copies sold
  • #2 Amazon Australia
  • #7 Amazon UK