It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell

It’s Always the Husband

Author: Michele Campbell
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Pages: 320

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Goodreads Synopsis: Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

REVIEW: This novel drew me in from the first chapter as one of the main characters is being taunted into leaping of a bridge, where someone has already faced their untimely demise. But then we are left wondering what really happened that fateful night because the book goes back twenty-two years earlier when Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny are in their first year of college. Three young women who are brought together as roommates, completely different from one another, become “best friends”.

As the story goes on we are brought back to present time where everything is not as it was those twenty two years ago. None of them are really friends anymore and I’m left wondering again as to what happened, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it kept me reading and more intrigued.

“Ugh, nothing ever changes, Kate thought. Jenny was still the priggish know-it-all of their youth; she was just more powerful and successful now, which made it worse.”

“Jenny and Aubrey must know how Kate felt about them, about this place. Hadn’t they noticed that she never visited? That the three of them saw each other only rarely, and only when Jenny or Aubrey came to New York and tracked her down?”

There’s a secret between the three of them. Something that shifted their friendship into frenemy territory. Kate hates having to be back in the same town after all the years that have passed. With a husband she can’t stand, and friends she feels will turn against her at any moment, her hatred and paranoia grow. Jenny and Aubrey’s life aren’t perfect either. There is much animosity and lies that circulate around both of them as well. And Kate is an enormous part of the problem. There are truths that come to light that will pin them all against each other, that will lead one of them to plot revenge and execute their plan.

The victim in all of this seemed to easily known, but the perpetrator is not entirely as expected. There is much to this story and an understanding as to why all of them went down a path so callous. And when the reader thinks they have all the answers, every character in play accounted for, things are turned upside down once again. I found myself second guessing my assumptions often and wondering how things really went down, even when the pages were almost all read. It’s Always the Husband was more than I expected and glad I was given the chance to read it.

******I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

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