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It's Always the Husband

It's Always the Husband

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by Michele Campbell

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"This book is perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies." –Redbook Magazine

"In the tradition of Big Little Lies comes the excellently titled It's Always the Husband, a thriller about three friends–frenemies, really–who met as college roommates." –New York Post

*Named one of "50 Best Books


"This book is perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies." –Redbook Magazine

"In the tradition of Big Little Lies comes the excellently titled It's Always the Husband, a thriller about three friends–frenemies, really–who met as college roommates." –New York Post

*Named one of "50 Best Books for the Beach" by Coastal Living
*Named one of "7 Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down This Month" by InStyle
*Named one of "6 Books to Cure Your Little Big Lies Withdrawal" by Elle.com
*Named on of "20 Must-Read Books for Spring 2017" by Redbook

“A page-turning whodunnit that will speak to anyone who’s ever had a frenemy.” –Ruth Ware, bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin Ten

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. And 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 each other.

But twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge, 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 each other? Can feelings this strong lead to murder? When one of them dies under mysterious circumstances, will everyone assume, as is 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.

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Praise for It’s Always the Husband

“Readers will be left in an adrenaline inducing ‘whodunit’ game, until the completely unpredictable conclusion. This book is perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies.” —Redbook Magazine (naming It's Always the Husband one of its “20 Must-Read Books for Spring”)

“Twists, turns, and a puzzling mix of suspects . . . will keep readers turning the pages.” —Booklist

It's Always the Husband has great character development, allowing readers to really get inside the minds of the characters until the very end, where a shocking twist leaves readers stunned.” —Romantic Times (naming It's Always the Husband a “Top Pick”)

“Campbell’s debut novel is an intriguing whodunit that examines the explosive potential of secrets to destroy friendships, marriages, and lives . . . a page-turner.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Demonstrating diabolical plotting chops and an ability to convincingly conjure settings, Campbell crafts a twisty page-turner." —Publishers Weekly

“Secrets and scandals in an ivy league setting. What could be more riveting? Michele Campbell’s novel is a page-turning Peyton Place.” —Tess Gerritsen

“A brilliant, twisting read that kept me guessing until the final page. A roller coaster friendship among three college roommates ends in murder years later–unless the husband did it. I read my eyes out!” —Janet Evanovich

“A gripping, tangled web of a novel—it pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. I loved it! –Shari LaPena

"A skillful and addictive story of friendship, betrayal and ultimately love, It’s Always the Husband will keep you turning the pages until its dramatic end." –B.A. Paris

"A compelling and twisting story of friendship, buried secrets, and revenge, It’s Always the Husband gets deep beneath the surface of the ties that bind. Intricately plotted and driven by an undeniable momentum, Michele Campbell’s riveting story grabs on, holds tight, and haunts even after the book is closed. Don’t miss it!” – Lisa Unger

Kirkus Reviews
Three college roommates find their lives inextricably linked after the death of a friend.Aubrey, Jenny, and Kate are assigned to room together at Carlisle College. Aubrey is banking on Carlisle to help her escape her mother's poverty; Jenny grew up in the college town but hopes Carlisle will help her channel her ambitions; and Kate is the rich wild child whose father's connections helped her get admitted to the school. Their relationships quickly become complicated. One of the guys Kate begins to date, Lucas, dated Jenny in high school. Aubrey's grades suffer after her mother's death and because of her drug use with Kate. Jenny agrees to keep Kate's father apprised of his daughter's activities, especially given that Kate has been suicidal in the past, in return for future connections. All of these tensions lead up to Aubrey's decision to commit suicide with Kate, except that Lucas inadvertently dies instead. The girls keep quiet about the circumstances of Lucas' death, but 20 years later, they all end up living back in their old college town. Now all of them are married, and there are new tensions and secrets. Kate has married another boyfriend from college, Griff, though she is unfaithful to him; Aubrey married a doctor, though she has feelings for Griff; Jenny has become mayor and married Lucas' cousin, Tim, though their memories of the night Lucas died are quite different. When Kate dies at the same railroad bridge where Lucas fell to his death, questions resurface not only regarding who killed Kate, but what happened on the bridge 20 years ago, too. Kate's friends, lovers, and husband all become suspects in her murder, but nearly everyone would rather her death be labeled a suicide and the investigation closed. Campbell's debut novel is an intriguing whodunit that examines the explosive potential of secrets to destroy friendships, marriages, and lives. While the novel is a page-turner, the characters at times lack depth and humanity, as each person betrays either a friend, a romantic partner, or both. At times, the characters' self-involvement detracts from the suspense of the novel, as introspective moments are spent reflecting on lies that have been told rather than the more serious ethical and moral implications. However, perhaps this is part of Campbell's larger point: complicity through silence contributes as much to each of the crimes as the acts of violence. Moody and dark in its portrayal of friendship and marriage.

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A graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, MICHELE CAMPBELL worked at a prestigious Manhattan law firm before spending eight years fighting crime as a federal prosecutor in New York City.

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It's Always the Husband 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
anrobe 4 days ago
I am struggling a bit with rating this one. It may be closer to a 3 ½ than a 3. But, it definitely wasn’t quite a 4 for me. I think part of it is that I expected one thing based on the description and title but found something rather different upon reading it. This is the story of 3 college friends and their friendship over 20 years. It’s about social status, secrets, betrayal, corruption, and the ways we hurt the people we care about. There is suspense as well as a murder mystery at the heart of the novel but it felt, in many ways, like more of a study of friendship to me than a suspense novel. And it did have an effective ending – I thought I had it all figured out but ended up being wrong which was a nice surprise for me. I did find it difficult to like most of the characters in this book but that didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story itself. I saw it more as a character study of three very different but very flawed people and how they have affected each other over time. Sure, they ended up being far from likeable but I didn’t mind that. Although I found most of their behavior towards each other to be despicable, I still enjoyed the ride. More than anything, I was taken by the narrative and what it said about friendship and how it can change into something very ugly. The effect these people had on each other made me a little sick to my stomach. How being close to someone can twist and change over time into something disturbing was an interesting thing to ponder coming out of this book. All in all, I’m glad that I read it but it’s not going to end up on my favorites list. But, if the exploration of friendship sounds interesting to you, I think you may like where this one takes you.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Aubrey arrives at Carlisle College excited and ready to study hard. She grew up poor and hopes to fit in with the wealthy girls at college. She wants to escape her upbringing. She had always been looked down on by her classmates but now is determined to be the perfect person. Her roommates are Jenny and Kate. Kate is a rich party girl but one who seems to care for her friends. Her father graduated from Carlisle and he insists that his daughter get her education there as well. Jenny is a gal determined to get her degree and get on in life. She grew up in this town and is close to her family. She is also very caring of Kate and Aubrey. Kate decides to take both girls to her father’s home in New York for Thanksgiving. The reception from her father and stepmother is not good. But, the three girls persevere through the visit and promise to be close forever. Years later, Jenny and Aubrey are living in Carlisle. Jenny is married with children and the mayor of the town. Aubrey has children, runs a yoga studio, and is married to a doctor who has cheated on her many times and is now involved in another affair. Kate has recently moved back to Carlisle and her friends are happy to have her back. She is married to Griff, who was at Carlisle with them and whose father was extremely rich..until the man was found doing a Ponzi scheme which landed him in prison and the family money disappeared. Kate is not happy to be back. She says she hates her husband, friends and her life. Kate has always been a volatile person. A secret from their past hangs over the heads of all three of the women. This is an excellent mystery that kept me glued to the book. I simply did not want to put it down. There are some dark moments in the book but it’s all very real. Don’t miss this book. I think it will be a hit. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Deb-Krenzer 11 days ago
What can I say about this book? I think (I read it several days ago) that the major thing I remember is the ending. The ending was never ending, the author kept coming back and adding just a little more. Just when you think you know what happened on the bridge, the story is added to. Then back to the other plots going on and then back to the bridge, another addition. So now you know. Then back to the other plots, then bridge, then another addition. And, again you know. This happens several times and each time, my jaw dropped. Until the last two or three pages of the book, then my reaction was "OMG". I loved this book. This story of three girls rooming together in college and then growing up leading their own respective lives. Always in contact until the children and life came around, but they always made time for each other. And, the differences in these girls. They definitely would not have picked each other out to be friends. However, they did go through a lot together during their time in college. I would definitely recommend this book. The story from the first page to the last kept me very intrigued and mesmerized. And, the ending, "WOW". Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for approving and allowing me to read and review this book. Again, "WOW"!!!
bookluvr35SL 12 days ago
Kate, Jenny and Aubrey met freshman year at college as roommates. They couldn't be more different.... Kate was the adored-bu-everyone little rich girl, Jenny was the studious & ambitious one, and Aubrey was the one from a poor single parent home, who was desperate to fit in. Somehow the 3 became best friends despite all their differences. The book takes you back & forth, between their time at college and present day, where things have gone unimaginably wrong. The story is so engrossing, and the secrets will keep you guessing until the very end. I highly recommend this one!
wvteddy 12 days ago
This book follows three roommates at Carlisle College, an Ivy League school in Belle River, New Hampshire. Aubrey, Kate, and Jenny are as different as three girls could possibly be but they become inseparable. The beginning of the book tracks their disastrous freshman year at Carlisle, with drugs, sex, alcohol, and a bridge playing important roles. The scenes of college life indicate that the author is familiar with the Ivy League(Indeed, she is a graduate of Harvard). I felt like I was there. Perhaps because my college years were a happy time, I enjoyed this. The first half seems a little slow but I thought this was necessary to develop the characters and lay the groundwork for the second half, set twenty years later. As the girls noted, your freshman roommates often remain your friends for life. The future finds all three friends married and living in Belle River but things are not always idyllic there. The second half of the book moves quickly and has many twists and turns. Every time I thought I knew whodunit, another curveball was thrown my way. The ending came as a total surprise to me and left me sitting staring into space and pondering it all. I found this to be a most satisfying book.
Chris721 12 days ago
It's Always The Husband or is it? Kate, Jenny, and Aubrey have been friends since freshmen year of college. Tragedy strikes in the spring of their freshmen year and the girls aren't as close as they once were. Fast forward 20 years and all are living back in the same city. Tragedy strikes again and there are so many questions and not enough answers. Murder or suicide? Was it the husband or someone else? It was a great who done it and it keeps you guessing until the very last page! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
teachlz 12 days ago
I would like to thank NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Michele Campbell, for the ARC or "It's Always the Husband" by Michele Campbell for my honest review. The genres of this story are Women's Fiction, Fiction, Mystery and Suspense. The timeline of the story occurs within a 20 year period exploring the past and present. The setting of the story is in a college and college town. This is where we meet the characters. I find that the author describes the characters as complex, flawed and complicated. Kate, Jenny and Aubrey are introduced as three young college roommates. The three girls have different personalities, and come from different backgrounds. Kate is extremely wealthy and on the one hand seems to feel entitled to many things. Kate's father is involved with the Board of the College. Kate is out-going, appears confident, loves partying, and breaking the rules. At other times, Kate seems very unhappy. Jenny comes from a stable hardworking family, and is motivated to achieve success. Studious, staying on task and achieving her goals her very important to Jenny. Aubrey comes from extreme poverty and has been lucky to get a scholarship. The author portrays Aubrey as an insecure, innocent, lost and naive. Somehow the three roommates become friends, and have ambivalent feelings towards one another. They do promise to be friends for life. During their college years, there is a tragic event, which places stress on their relationships with further consequences. There are twists and turns and lots of tension. Twenty years later, the three women have married. The author shows us how the characters have changed and shown growth, in good and bad ways. The women live near each other and stay in touch. In this story there is loyalty and betrayal, jealousy, adultery, and murder. Of course any of the characters could be suspect. Somehow the police focus on the husband. "Is it always the husband?" There is heightened suspense, and the ending is quite a surprise!! I certainly was caught off guard. I would recommend this intriguing and suspenseful mystery.