Book Review #8- “It’s Always the Husband”

As always, a big thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this novel to read and review.

Hopefully everyone enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing weekend!  I am on a total reading kick lately, and knocked this book out over Memorial Day weekend.  Since then, I have read two more books, and I have a long list of books I want to tackle over the summer.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments below.  It is no secret that I love thrillers and suspense novels, but I also love chick lit and some good non-fiction pieces as well.  I am open to suggestions!

It’s Always the Husband, by Michele Campbell, is a thriller sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. At the beginning of this suspense novel, we are introduced to Jenny, Kate, and Aubrey, newly minted college roommates who become fast friends at an elite New England college. While different as can be, the girls form a close friendship over the course of their freshman year. Jenny, an ambitious local girl, is responsible and driven. She is the mama bear of the trio, watching over wealthy party girl Kate, as well as Aubrey, penniless and unsophisticated, although determined to make a fresh start. The three girls spend their initial college year partying and living the fast life.  That is, until a dreadful accident at the end of their freshman year leaves a mutual friend dead. His death is cloaked in deceit, and ultimately fractures the close-knit friendship.

Fast forward twenty years, and the women are all living very different, albeit successful lives. Kate has recently moved back to the area, and the women are trying to pick back up the pieces of their friendship. That is, until another horrible accident befalls one of trio, leaving the town, and the women, to wonder who is responsible for this heinous crime.

As the police investigate the issue, it becomes clear that there are many possible suspects to this murder. Digging deeper, the suspect pool begins to grow, as each woman is discovered to have skeletons hidden in her closet. The question is, who would resort to murder to ensure that their secrets never see the light of day?

Overall Thoughts

This book was a riveting tale of betrayal, suspense, and retribution. Alternating between the past and present, I found myself flying through the pages.  Entranced with the secrets that I continued to uncover, I could not put the book down.  With many possible suspects, I truly did find it hard to determine who actually had nefarious motives. This book also hints that secrets have a sneaky way of being uncovered years after the fact. Love and obsession are shown to be opposite sides of the same shiny coin.

All in all, a decent book. Nothing earth-shattering, but I found it to be entertaining, and would absolutely recommend for those who like thrillers.  The cast of characters was entertaining, and there was certainly enough mayhem and drama to keep me hooked. While I would not say it had as many twists/turns as I typically like, I was a bit surprised with the outcome.  It was actually not at all what I was expecting, so that’s always a good thing.  Would I recommend?  Absolutely.  A quick read, entertaining, and not too mentally taxing.  This book has “pools and fruity drinks” written all over it.

This novel was released a couple of weeks ago, so you can get it now!  The link can be found here.

Be sure to check back later on this week for a couple more fun posts.  Only one week left until “summa, summa, summa-time”, and girl will be on vacation for ten weeks!

Read any good books lately?  My brother recommended the Hillbilly Elegyso I am going to add that to my summer list as well!

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