Recommended Summer Read: It's Always The Husband

Sunday, May 14, 2017
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Over the years my approach to reading for leisure has drastically changed. As a busy mom to two, full-time work at home mom, and all around go-getter, I still love to read and always make time for it. But these days if a book doesn't catch my attention within the first 20 pages, I have to move on. I can't devote valuable time to a book that doesn't hold my attention and speak to me.

For the past two years or so, I've been hooked on psychological thrillers. They keep me on the edge of my seat and keep me guessing until the very end. Sometimes it's too much to take, and you feel as if you need to stop reading. But you just. Can't. Stop. That's what I love about psychological thrillers.

When we left for our spring break vacation in Arizona, I started reading It's Always The Husband by Michele Campbell on the airplane. It's Always The Husband is Campbell's debut novel about a three friends who become inseparable shortly after they meet in college and remain friends twenty years later. Jenny, Kate, and Aubrey quickly bond during their freshman year at Carlisle College. However, each has her own set of issues that always seem to get in the way of having an honest friendship.

This addictive story of a tight friendship takes a turn for the worst when lies come to the surface, true identities are discovered, and long-kept secrets are revealed. It's Always The Husband is a grappling tale that kept me guessing until the last word of the book. I love twists and unexpected endings, and It's Always The Husband is filled with both.

When one of the friends is discovered dead, everyone is left asking "who did it?" While anything seems possible and anyone could be the suspect, it also seems nothing is possible and that no one could be a suspect. It's Always The Husband examines to complexities of friendships and how easily betrayal can happen and scornful we can become.

This is one of those thrillers that goes back and forth from past to present, which some readers may find difficult to follow. It's always a tough transition for me to make, but eventually I get acclimated and the reading becomes smooth. At times the character description and development in It's Always The Husband was lengthy and somewhat unnecessary. What took two chapters to convey could have been accomplished in a few succinct paragraphs. But otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot twists, the realistic characters (we all knew someone like Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny in college), and the unexpected outcome of the book.

Find a comfy spot and get ready to stay there for a while as you read It's Always The Husband.

You can also read my review on Goodreads.

Win this book!

St. Martin's Press has graciously offered me extra copies to give away. Use the widget below to enter to win one of two (2) copies of Michele Campbell's It's Always The Husband.

Don't want to wait for the giveaway? It's Always The Husband will be released on May 16th. Buy it at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Book Giveaway: It's Always The Husband by Michele Campbell

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