It's Always the Husband: A Novel

It's Always the Husband: A Novel

by Michele Campbell

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

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?

"8 Thrillers You Will Devour This Summer" by Buzzfeed • "7 Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down This Month" by InStyle • "20 Must-Read Books for Spring 2017" by Redbook

Praise for It's Always the Husband:

"If you loved Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, put this thriller on the top of your list…you won’t be sure “whodunit” until the very (shocking) end.—Today

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

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

"Fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn meet your next obsession." —BuzzFeed

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250309419
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 459,474
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. This story would make an excellent movie... I felt like I was watching one while I was immersed in the book. I can't wait to read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a book that was this unputdownable in a while. The writing was superb, each character was so vivid in my mind that I was fully invested in each one. Literally had me guessing up until the very last page. I highly recommend !! If you're anything like me, where you read reviews trying to figure out the next book you're going to buy, you've found it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a good book. It kept you guessing and wondering throughout the book. The characters are interesting and its a great plot. I really liked the way the author writes. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the ending didn't sum up all the characters lives. Just the killer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read- traces a friendship of 3 women from college freshmen to adulthood. Boyfriends, husbands, secrets, all combine for a great ending!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had my suspensions, but still didn't see it coming!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting to the very last page!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if I'd like this book, I've never read from this author before. But it was a good story with good character development. The end had a good twist and kept me guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a page turner for sure. One of my favorite reads. M Byrd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't want to put it down. Author provided detail and insight in such a manner that wasn't exhausting. It kept me hooked until the very end.
Kinseylb More than 1 year ago
The book drew me in at the beginning and then got slow and never gained back the speed. I honestly got bored and was anxious to finish-not because I wanted to find out what happened but because I wanted put out of my misery. I agree with other posts-none of the characters are likable and the story was far-fetched.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not at all what I expected. I was knocked over by the suspense, the lack of predictability, and down-right surprising nature of this tremendous psychological mystery/drama. Just when I thought that I knew what was happening, I found that I had no idea. The story details the intersection of three college friends. Then something happens that alters their futures forever. What that is and how it tears at their friendship is for me to know and for you to find out.
anrobe More than 1 year 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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Supposedly a page turner, a thriller that will keep you from putting it down - it was one of the worst books I ever read - not a page turner, not a thriller - a snooze fest - I usually pass the good books I get from B&N on to my friends - this one is going in the trash. So boring, so not thrilling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was pretty entertaining and I liked that the story jumped from time period to time period.
CCinME More than 1 year ago
It's Always the Husband....or is it? Very good read with lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the last few paragraphs.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
This novel follows three girls, college roommates and best friends for life. Each one is very different from the other and each one comes from a different background. Kate is a magnet for all things bad….drugs, alcohol, and men! Jenny is the mother hen. She tries to fix everything that goes wrong. And Aubrey, well, she is from the wrong side of the tracks and follows Kate wherever she leads. One of them ends up dead! This is a slow read. Well, maybe I should say, it is laying the ground work for the finale, which is a WOW moment. It does pick up about half way through the book and then moves pretty rapidly. I did figure out the murderer. The author drops several hints and if you are paying attention….YOU GOT IT! It is overly dramatic in places but, that could be because you are dealing with young adults through most of this read. It rotates between time periods, the girls college years and around their 40 year old selves. I did not enjoy any of the characters and I do think that was intentional by the author. I believe this is why the first part of this novel to moved slowly. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I related to one of the girls. This is an interesting mystery that CAN leave you guessing till the end. I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoever encouraged this "writer" that she has talent must be in her ivy league snowflake world. Publisher's reviews misleading. Not in Ware's league. Silly characters with no admirable qualities. May be her projection of the terrible people she grew up with. Did someone hurt your little feelings?