I love it when a book sucks you in and makes you forget about life for pages and pages. While I prefer fantasy and historical novels, lately, I’ve been reading thrillers. It’s Always the Husband by first time novelist Michele Campbell is getting a lot of buzz. In fact, it’s on so many must-read lists it feels like everyone is reading it. It’s, also, part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge!
Here’s the back cover blurb:
Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, despite being as different as three women can be. Kate was beautiful, wild, wealthy, and damaged. Aubrey, on financial aid, came from a broken home, and wanted more than anything to distance herself from her past. And Jenny was a striver―brilliant, ambitious, and determined to succeed. As an unlikely friendship formed, the three of them swore they would always be there for each other.
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 on It’s Always the Husband:
I like suspenseful stories that aren’t too graphic and keep me guessing till the end, so I was eager to read Michele Campbell’s novel after seeing it on so many summer reading lists. It’s Always the Husband is well written, but the story never sucked me. I had a hard time believing that Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny could be friends for more than a week because the girls were so incompatible. The trio is like oil and water, but because they are Freshmen year roommates they have to be BFFs.
The book is divided into two parts. Part one mainly deals with the shenanigans of Freshmen year while the second part focuses on the murder investigation. My other issue with the book is the sheriff’s infatuation with the murder victim. Six months before she is murdered, the sheriff spends a few hours getting cozy with her while they wait out a storm. He doesn’t see her again till he is called in to view her body. I had a really hard time with his character because he felt like a creepy stalker, and of course, he immediately focuses his investigation on the husband…
There are plenty of twists, but in the end, I found the whole thing unsatisfying. There are no likable characters in this book, and I really would have liked to see more character development/motivation. Looking at other reviews, people seem to either really like or really dislike this book. While this thriller wasn’t for me, I do think a lot of other people will enjoy it. The novel isn’t gory or can’t sleep suspenseful, and I think there is, also, something to be said for reading books that aren’t quite your cup of tea. Those books help you figure out what you do like.
What are you reading?
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