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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.
Top customer reviews
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.
But twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge, and someone is urging her to jump.
How did it come to this?
Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and Jenny married the boy next door. But how can these three women love and hate each other? Can feelings this strong lead to murder?
When one of them dies under mysterious circumstances, will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?
My Thoughts: In a story that begins with one of the women standing on the edge of a cliff, It's Always the Husband: A Novel takes us back and forth in time, from when the girls were roommates at Carlisle, in the Whipple House dorm. They became known as the Whipple Triplets, and oftentimes the moniker denoted their adventures, misdeeds, and dark habits.
Something happens one dark night: a death, lies, and a parting of the ways. The New Hampshire small-town setting kept me engaged, as did the consequences of that one night.
At first I liked Aubrey, feeling sorry for her plight and her attempts to measure up. Jenny was annoying, in that she often did whatever was necessary to be Kate’s best friend, with Kate’s father egging her on. But even she tried to do the right thing, only to be quashed in her attempt.
Kate was so damaged that I couldn’t imagine a scenario that would redeem her.
Twenty years later, I found nothing likable about any of them. The mystery would finally be revealed, and I kept guessing about who pushed one of them off the bridge as I read about the women in the present. There were plenty of suspects, and we watched behind-the-scenes machinations, only to be stunned in the end. Definitely a book that kept me reading, even as I lost interest in the characters before the final page. 4 stars.