Title: It's Always the Husband
Author: Michele Campbell
Published: May 2017, St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
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?
My thoughts: This book is why I love reading a good suspense novel - it kept me guessing all the way through and I was engaged the entire time, yet it was set up completely differently than any other book I've read before. This is where this genre has so much to offer and why I continue to read these types of books.
One of the more distinctive parts of this book that I loved is how it's told. There are two parts and they are both so crucial to the overall story, yet they are told so differently. The first part is told twenty years earlier and introduces us to the three young women when they first begin college. This is the slower part of the book - but it sets the foundation of the story and allows for us to really understand the characters and their motivations. The second part is set in present day and this is where the action, intensity and suspense amps up.
I read this book in a day and a half - I just couldn't put it down. I was captivated by these women and the twisted, complex relationship they had. Not to mention the fact that they weren't necessarily all the most likeable of characters. But, that's what made it so good and so difficult to pinpoint who did it when one of them was found killed. There were so many suspects and so many reasons why any number of people could have done it! Every time I thought I had it figured out, another clue was dropped or secret was revealed and I was left scratching my head trying to think of who else could be the suspect.
This is the type of book that gets under your skin and doesn't let go until you get to the end...and even then you are left with quite a surprise. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for what comes next from this author!!!
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