It's Always The Husband: A Novel by Michele CampbellIt's Always The Husband: A Novel by Michele Campbell

It's Always The Husband: A Novel

byMichele Campbell

Hardcover | May 16, 2017

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"If you loved Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies, put this thriller on the top of your won't be sure "whodunit" until the very (shocking) end."

*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
*Named one of "20 Must-Read Books for Spring 2017" by Redbook
*Named one of "8 Thrillers You Will Devour This Summer" by BuzzFeed

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.

Praise for It's Always the Husband:

"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

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.
Title:It's Always The Husband: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.41 × 6.49 × 1.17 inPublished:May 16, 2017Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250081807

ISBN - 13:9781250081803


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well paced and suspenseful read Very good book! Full of suspense and surprises; more of a slow burn. Had a good pace to it - I blew through the book fairly quick because of it! The book felt well rounded in giving a detailed backstory/flashback sequence to the characters that make you connect with them and understand their actions more in-depth than most books do. My only gripe comes with the ending in the sense you aren't given resolution with some of the other main characters. Definitely going to check out other work by this author!
Date published: 2018-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous read! This was the first book I had read by Burke and now I can't wait to read more! Very suspenseful and hard to put down.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good #plumreview I was expecting more of a thriller. I found the ending disappointing.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but.... I was looking forward to reading this book based on reviews. I was expecting a mystery/thriller but somehow it fell a bit short for me. It was good but I can't say I enjoyed it until the end so I am giving this 3.5 really for the ending. Also, this book reminded me a lot of Anatomy of a Scandal so if you enjoyed that one you will enjoy this one as well. For another similar, book but better in my opinion, read The Wife Between Us.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous read! I have loved all of Alafair Burke's mysteries, and "The Wife" does not disappoint. From the beginning of the novel, the reader is drawn into the lives of Angela and Jason Powell. Both harbour secrets, and the reader remains entranced right to the end of the novel when those secrets are fully revealed. I found the main characters not terribly likeable, even though early on I sympathized with Angela because of her backstory. Of all the characters, I think the female detective is actually the most likeable because her motives are pure and she is persistent. Lovers of well crafted mysteries will love this book!
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great read! The story kept me interested right from the get go. Loved the unexpected twists at the end!
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great start to the new year! This one started 2018 off with a bang! I really enjoyed this book … it kept me intrigued from the start to finish It wasn’t a crazy psychological thriller but just enough to keep you on your toes kind of a pretty little liars meets gossip girl
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Miss this one I would skip this book if I were you. The mystery wasn't compelling, and I was not in love with any of the characters. I probably wouldn't read any other books by this author based on this story.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Oh, Alafair Burke, you have outdone yourself with your new novel, The Wife! Brilliant, addictive, full of twists - and that last line ending? Perfect! I was hooked from the opening line: "In an instant, I became the woman they assumed I'd been all along: the wife who lied to protect her husband." The husband, Jason, is a celebrated public figure. When one of his interns makes an accusation against him, the foundations of his public and private lives begin to crumble. His wife, Angela, has secrets in her past that she wants to keep out of the public light. And she doesn't want her son exposed to any of it. What will Angela do to keep that secret? To protect her husband? Her son? Is Jason guilty? Or is he the victim of a campaign to discredit him and his work? Ahh, a delicious premise and one I couldn't wait to dig into! The Wife falls into the genre of 'domestic thriller'. This has fast become a favourite for me. I love not knowing who is telling the truth, the possibilities of whodunit, the turns and twists that jump out of a chapter to surprise me, and unexpected endings. "To know something, he argued, was not the same as to be certain beyond all doubt. And to believe something was definitely not the sane as to know it." Burke's characters are so well drawn, coming alive in my imagination. Angela is portrayed as a sympathetic character - but does she deserve it? I was happy to see Olivia Randall in this novel. She's a high powered defense attorney last seen in Burke's previous book, The Ex. (And I hope we see her again.) The dialogue flows easily, the plotting is addictive and the prose are so very 'readable.' The Wife benefits greatly from Burke's legal background. (Burke teaches criminal law) The case, the police investigation and the legal machinations are so well portrayed and unfold in a believable manner. Suspense, mystery, police procedural and some social commentary - The Wife has it all. This is one you're going to want to pick up. I loved it!
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 stars! Talk about starting off with a bang in 2018! A page turning whodunit that will speak to anyone’s whose ever had a frenemy. I’m so sad it took me this long to read it. This book kept me up way past my bedtime with the twist and turns. Its not a crazy deep thriller but just enough excitement to keep you guessing. pretty little liars meets gossip girl
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow #plumreview This book as just okay. It was a bit slow and the ending wasn’t much of a surprise.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from psychological thriller This story features three freshman college students who are strangers to one another prior to being assigned as roommates. They have three distinct personalities; Kate is confident and uncaring, Jenny is ambitious and focused, Aubrey is less fortunate financially and eager to please her new roommates. An event occurs while they are at college that changes their lives forever (it does take a while before this event is explained however, so I won’t ruin it here.) Fast forward 15 years, and we meet the women again. Their future lives could hardly be described as idyllic. Each woman is now married, and each marriage seems to have its’ share of difficulties. The friendship the women once shared now seems gone forever. Oh yes, and someone is being encouraged to jump off a bridge. I found the college portion of the book to be a tad slow moving, with the second half moving along much more quickly. I loved the ending. Overall, I would give this book 4 stars, and would recommend to anyone interested in “not overly dark” psychological fiction. 4 Stars.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great summer read I read this book in 2 days. I like most of the characters and the story line kept me interested. The ending has a great twist as well.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If Elin Hildebrand wrote thrillers, you'd get this novel! This is not an “on the edge of your seat” style thriller. This is a not a pulling my hair out from suspense type of novel. I wouldn’t even go as far to categorize this one as a slow burn. This one is really more of a fluffy, fun type of a thriller. This one felt like Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty meets the Gossip Girl series. It had a bit of small town gossip, a whole lotta secrets and some delicious, self-indulgent storytelling. I feel like this one will be a perfect summer vacation type of read; a book to bring to the beach or cuddle up with a glass of wine at the cottage. Needless to say, I really ended up enjoying this one! The novel unfolds through back and forth narration between a group of friends in the present and their lives back in college. Kate, Jenny and Aubrey are college roommates who stick together when tragedy strikes years later and someone is dead, the remaining question is who is to blame? Isn’t it always the husband? Bribery, adultery, corruption, murder, friendship, loyalty, there isn’t a whole heck of a lot this novel left me wanting. I loved the prep school gossip and the Ivy League prestige as the backdrop. Maybe because this is so far outside my regular reality, I love to be sucked into such salacious situations. Like I mentioned, I did find that the novel was slower paced than the reads I typically enjoy, but I found myself so sucked into the plot that I truly didn’t mind. I am also pleased to say that I was surprised with the ending. I think Campbell did a brilliant job within her final few chapters. Overall, if you want something incredibly fast-paced with lots of twists and turns, you won’t like this book. However, if you are a fan of Liane Moriarty, the television show, Pretty Little Liars or wish that Elin Hilderbrand wrote thrillers, then I think you will relish in this read.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay! Complex, intriguing, and gloomy! This is a character-driven novel that delves into just how much our friendships and relationships can define us and highlights just how parasitic some of them can really be. The writing is well done. The characters are selfish, scheming and deceptive. And although the plot in the first half of the novel is a little slow as the author delves deeply into the different personalities and motivations of each character, the second half is definitely much more exciting, intense and action-packed with as many suspects as motives and an ending with a contemplative twist. This is ultimately a novel about friendship, secrets, manipulation, jealousy, obsession, adultery and murder and a good debut for Campbell. In fact, some readers will love the dark, moody feel of the story and the cast of characters with no redeeming qualities between them. Unfortunately for me, the lack of characters with any sort of moral or ethical conscience made it hard to connect and left me a little indifferent of the story overall.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Widower's Wife Holahan has definitely created a suspenseful and thrilling novel with this one. The solidly developed plot creates an enviable and unforgettable read that I found myself caught up in. The fantastic descriptions, with a hint of darkness, really set the tone for this tale. The well-researched background really sets the stage for this suspense that will keep you on your toes. The characters that Holahan develops are one of a kind and really fill the story well. I found myself really wanting to get to know them on a deeper level. The intricacies of the characters are unforgettable. This is a cast that you truly have to read about to get to know. Once again Holahan has created a one of a kind thriller that you won’t be able to forget. It’s a fantastic read for those looking for a truly suspenseful tale. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Turns This novel captivated me from cover to cover. Suspense ruled the day as Holahan created a wildly original and thought provoking novel. Plot twists abound as you get drawn into this captivating world. Holahan’s descriptions brought everything to life with dark undertones, giving the entire tale a chilling feel. The cast of characters in this novel really took the story to a new level. The intensity with which they were developed created an unforgettable bond between the characters and the reader. Not only did I get to know them well, but the little details that emerged throughout the story made it even better. Holahan has melded suspense with life to create this awe inspiring story. It’s a must read for those who enjoy the genre. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-11-07

Editorial Reviews

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