It’s Always the Husband ~by Michele Campbell

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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? 

I really liked this book. A lot.  It turned out to be one of those exactly-the-book-I-needed-to-read-at-exactly-the-right-time books.  I went into it with zero expectations, having heard no reviews prior to opening the front cover and knew nothing more than what the synopsis from the inside flap told me. I prefer to read books “blind”, and once again it worked.

I would describe this book as a mix of women’s fiction and death-related suspense, with the focus being on the women. Campbell does a great job of dissecting the intricacies of the relationships between the three main characters, Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny, and using their distinct personalities to play them off, and sometimes against, each other and hooking your interest.  The fact that she threw a spoonful of death into the mix only made it that much more exciting. The setting was another plus: an Ivy League-esque college campus situated in an idyllic small town. . . How are you supposed to keep secrets when everybody knows everybody else and scrutiny is everywhere?

I’m definitely recommending this one be added to your summer reading list (or should I call it your summer reading “pile”?) if you’re looking for an exciting round of scandalous, deceitful women’s fiction (with a spoonful of death). It’ll be a great way to whittle away some hours out on the patio in the sunshine.

Purchase links: iBooksBarnes & NobleAmazon

About the author (from her Website):

Michele Campbell is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School and a former federal prosecutor in New York City who specialized in international narcotics and gang cases. A while back, she said goodbye to her big-city legal career and moved with her husband and two children to an idyllic New England college town a lot like Belle River in IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND. Since then, she has spent her time teaching criminal and constitutional law and writing novels. She has had many close female friends, a few frenemies, and only one husband, who – to the best of her knowledge – has never tried to kill her. Michele currently lives in New Hampshire.

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Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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