Review: It’s Always The Husband

It’s Always the Husband was part of BookSparks summer reading challenge for the month of May.

What the jacket says:

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, despite being as different as three women can be. Kate was beautiful, wild, wealthy, and damaged. Aubrey, on financial aid, came from a broken home and wanted more than anything to distance herself from her past. Jenny was a striver—brilliant, ambitious, and determined to succeed. As an unlikely friendship formed, the three of them swore they would always be there for one another.
Twenty years later, one of them is standing on the edge of bridges and someone is urging her to jump.

How did it come to this?

Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and Jenny married the boy next door. But how can these three women love and hate one another? Can feelings this strong lead to murder? When one of them dies under mysterious circumstances, will everyone assume, as often the case, that it’s always the husband?

A suspenseful, absorbing novel that examines the complexities of friendship, It’s Always the Husband will keep readers guessing right up to its shocking conclusion.

The truth is, I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn’t enjoy it.

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny meet their freshman year at an Ivy League college on the east coast—they couldn’t be any more dissimilar from one another. Each is a cliché often found in books: the beautiful rich girl with daddy issues, a poor girl who will do anything to distance herself from her white trash history, and the smart overachiever who acts like she’s better than everyone else.

Toward the end of their freshman year, someone dies and the three girls make the decision to lie about the events that took place, changing their lives forever. Or does it?

Twenty years later, the three women are all back living the same college town where they initially met. Kate is still living the life of a rich brat, Aubrey is an unhappy housewife and Jenny is the mayor of the town. One of them dies and the husband is the first suspect.

The three women are unlikeable in their own ways and when it’s shown who dies, I didn’t feel sorry for her. The other two women each play a role in the woman’s death, and instead of stepping forward and taking responsibility, they keep their mouths shut for a second time. The only likable characters were the boy who died their freshman year and his cousin who ends up marrying one of the three women.

A side note: one of the husbands is depicted to have sustained a traumatic brain injury and I so badly wished the author would have taken the time to truly utilize the side effects to make for a much more interesting character.

Check it out from the library, save your money.


Author: Rae

Hi, I’m Rae. I’m a legal contract specialist for a biotechnology company, lover of all things beautiful and delicious. Here on Simply Rae, I blog about whatever’s on my mind. Some days that may be the delicious meal I prepared for my husband and I, other days it’s beauty related. Writing has always been therapeutic for me. Originally when I went to college, I went with the intention of becoming a writer. What my 18-year old self didn’t realize was I didn’t need to go to college to write, I needed life experiences for stories. After college I found myself doing event coordinating for a while, which at first I really loved and wanted to make a career out of it; the novelty didn’t last very long and back to college I went. Recently I’ve gotten married and relocated to a new, unfamiliar city. One night not too long ago, I found myself wide awake at four a.m. unable to sleep or turn off my brain. For the first time in years, I turned on my computer and started writing whatever came to mind. After all these years, I’m finally inspired and have life experiences to share. It’s truly an exciting time! Aside from writing, I enjoy photography, wine tasting, pretending to be a skillful cook and staying physically active. My husband and I are on the search for the perfect macaroni and cheese recipe, so if you happen to have a gem on your hands, send it my way!

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