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It's Always the Husband: A Novel Hardcover – May 16, 2017
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Praise for It’s Always the Husband
“Readers will be left in an adrenaline inducing ‘whodunit’ game, until the completely unpredictable conclusion. This book is perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies.” ―Redbook Magazine (naming It's Always the Husband one of its “20 Must-Read Books for Spring”)
“Twists, turns, and a puzzling mix of suspects . . . will keep readers turning the pages.” ―Booklist
“It's Always the Husband has great character development, allowing readers to really get inside the minds of the characters until the very end, where a shocking twist leaves readers stunned.” ―Romantic Times (naming It's Always the Husband a “Top Pick”)
“Campbell’s debut novel is an intriguing whodunit that examines the explosive potential of secrets to destroy friendships, marriages, and lives . . . a page-turner.” ―Kirkus Reviews
"Demonstrating diabolical plotting chops and an ability to convincingly conjure settings, Campbell crafts a twisty page-turner." ―Publishers Weekly
“Secrets and scandals in an ivy league setting. What could be more riveting? Michele Campbell’s novel is a page-turning Peyton Place.” ―Tess Gerritsen
“A brilliant, twisting read that kept me guessing until the final page. A roller coaster friendship among three college roommates ends in murder years later–unless the husband did it. I read my eyes out!” ―Janet Evanovich
“A gripping, tangled web of a novel―it pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. I loved it! –Shari LaPena
"A skillful and addictive story of friendship, betrayal and ultimately love, It’s Always the Husband will keep you turning the pages until its dramatic end." –B.A. Paris
"A compelling and twisting story of friendship, buried secrets, and revenge, It’s Always the Husband gets deep beneath the surface of the ties that bind. Intricately plotted and driven by an undeniable momentum, Michele Campbell’s riveting story grabs on, holds tight, and haunts even after the book is closed. Don’t miss it!” – Lisa Unger
About the Author
A graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, MICHELE CAMPBELL worked at a prestigious Manhattan law firm before spending eight years fighting crime as a federal prosecutor in New York City.
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Campbell kicks off the book with the central mystery: why is one of them on a bridge, and to whom is she speaking? Why does it seem as if she's in trouble?
And then the mystery .... stalls. Rather than develop the suspense, Campbell instead focuses her attention on developing the relationships between the three women, as well as between the women and their men friends. Yes, you need to see just how impure these relationships are, but you almost forget about the woman on the bridge, something not helped in the least by the fact that you begin to loathe - and I do mean truly loathe - every character in this book.
I tried. Goodness knows, I tried, Book People. I tried to like them. I tried to feel badly for the woman who's in danger. But it turns out that she's so immensely self-involved and self-focused that you want to toss her off the damn bridge, just to end your own misery. Not that the other two are much better. They may lack the selfish drug use and specious justifications for damage inflicted on friends and lovers, but those other two women are every bit as unlikable. Watching them attempt grief over a tragic loss feels like watching Nicole Kidman move her forehead: you are pretty sure it can't happen, but you give them mad props for a heartfelt attempt.
And then, about halfway through, Campbell brings you back to that woman on the bridge. You find out more about why she's there and why she isn't alone. You begin to suspect some characters, and you come back to the title: is it always the husband? And does Campbell mean this particular character's husband, or could it be the husband of another character?
I did enjoy the ending. When I got over my initial surprise (I had suspicions earlier, but Campbell throws other suspects into the mix), I laughed out loud. I kind of wanted to high-five this person for a job well done.
This is one of those books that I wanted to like more than I did. I kept thinking that there was a pretty good story in here, if only I liked even just one of the characters. For a thriller focused on an endangered woman to work, you need to empathize with someone. And yet that empathy never forms because every character is just so - I'll say it again - loathsome.
I would love to know your thoughts on this book. Am I wrong? What did I miss? I'm open to reading this again, so if I'm wrong about these characters, please let me know why.
This book was not at all what I was expecting. The characters were phony and entirely unlikeable. After finishing it, I actually tried to think of any (ANY) character in the book who was the least likeable and I could not. For a few pages, I was intrigued by the new police chief, but then he does something not only illegal but also out of character....and then the focus of the story shifts a bit. Then he disappears from the book completely.
The premise of the book is that three VERY different young women are thrown together as roommates for their freshman year of college. They really could not be any different. But the story builds that because of that year together they are best friends....but that year was so awful (full of lies, drugs, inappropriate actions) and they really don't even seem to like each other. I understand....I didn't like any of them either!
The situation (crime) where "It's Always the Husband" comes in to play does not take place until you are more than half the way through the book. The focus of most of the book is that first year of college, drugs, sex, and acting out.
I did plod through until the very end of the book and kept thinking something would redeem it. But, the ending was anti-climatic to me.
it was amazing
Read 3 times. Last read May 25, 2017.
It's Always The Husband
My capsule summary...
This is a unique book about three girls who meet in college and stay in touch with each other in various ways until they are in their 40's. Their behavior in college is mostly destructive. Kate is the rich bad girl, Jenny is the good girl and Aubrey is the poor and easily influenced girl. Drugs and alcohol are a huge part of Kate's life and Jenny and Aubrey are caught up in them, too. This is also the story of the men who loved them and what happens to them because of Kate...everything that happens pretty much stems from Kate and her power and influence over everyone.
What I really loved about this book...
You can't help becoming entrenched in the destructive behaviors of everyone connected with these three girls. Lies, sex, drugs...even murder! This is one of those books where the pages just keep on turning and turning. The trips, the drugs and how eventually they all end up involved and enmeshed in each other's lives in the same college town they started out in...I loved all of it.
Stuff I wasn't crazy about...
I am not a fan of the ending but it was a good one.
What potential readers should know...
Readers who love a fast paced book that follows three different women from college age through their 40's will really enjoy this book. It kept my interest all the way through! Plus...there was that thought provoking ending to deal with...I loved it!
Most recent customer reviews
You didn’t know who the villain was until the last page!!!!