Thursday, June 8, 2017

It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell

It's Always the Husband
by Michele Campbell

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Just released: May 16, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction
Hardback: 336
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
She stumbled through the dark woods, the trees dripping raindrops onto her hair and her party dress. Her shoes were covered in mud, and she trembled from the cold.

In college, Kate, Aubrey and Jenny are inseparable. Twenty years later, their friendship takes a deadly turn . . .

Three young women who could not be more different meet as college roommates and become fast friends. Wealthy, privileged, blonde and gorgeous, Kate Eastman seems like she has it all. But her Park Avenue upbringing conceals a tragic loneliness and a wild side powerful enough to drag down everyone around her. Aubrey Miller comes from a poor family and can’t believe her luck when she winds up at prestigious Carlisle College rooming with Kate and Jenny. Aubrey would follow Kate anywhere — to parties, to nightclubs, even to her death. Jenny Vega — bright, pretty, ambitious — is the practical one, the striver, who’d rather study and get ahead than party. She adores her roommates, and she knows they’re bad for her. Will she save them from themselves, and each other, or will she become another victim of the chaos that follows in their wake?

A terrible tragedy at the end of freshman year leaves these three young women with a dangerous secret. Twenty years later, older but perhaps no wiser, they return to the scene of the crime. When one of them winds up dead, it could be suicide, or it could be murder. If it was murder, was it the husband – like the cops think – or was it the best friend? This book will keep you guessing until the very last page.

My two-bits:

With unlikable characters set in a small college town this story is compelling all the way to the end.

The friendship amongst these characters is was loyal in ways but made me question if it was for good.

Got me thinking of charismatic characters and toxic relationships.


* part of BookSparks Book Club (here)

* part of BookSparks Reading Challenge, Summer (here)

* part of Cloak & Dagger Challenge (here)


  1. is hard to read a book with characters like that.

  2. I'm so curious about this one! I'm glad you liked it.


  3. It does sound interesting and sometimes the toxic types can be as compelling to read about as the good ones so I'll have to keep it in mind.


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