2023 Book Review: It’s Always the Husband

It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell

A Mystery/Thriller, 2017 by St Martin’s Press, 336 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Content Warning: drug use, suicidal thoughts, death
  • Jarring opening. Sometimes this flash to a future scene thing works to grab your attention. In this case, it felt more confusing than anything else. I didn’t find myself thinking about it as the story went on either, because it didn’t feel like it fit.
  • Cliche characters. Not the worst I’ve ever read, but still cliche. I wanted these girls to break out of the boxes they were written into. 
  • Bad people generally behaving badly. Also spoiled people. If either of those things bothers you, maybe skip this one.

What I Did Like:

  • Twists. This one explores a big event from after-the-fact and you don’t know everything until the end. But the pieces bring twists when they come and they’re well written! 
  • Pacing. It moves fast and keeps your interest throughout the book. You’re engrossed in the mystery and roped in by the characters’ drama.
  • Truthfully written college friendships. These roommates read like three people who were thrown together and didn’t necessarily like that arrangement but made the best of it. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Mystery/thriller fans who like to be shocked with twists.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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