It’s Always the Husband – by Michele Campbell – independent book review – Fiction

More predictable than I had hoped. Awarded three stars on Goodreads.

husbandAt the heart of this novel is the story of three friends, who meet as college roommates, and the ways in which their relationships change over 20 years. When they meet:
– Kate is a beauty who comes with money and power.
– Jenny is the hard worker, who gravitates to the role of caretaker.
– And Aubrey, who comes from nothing, wants nothing more than simple acceptance.

As they become closer, and even sharing some romantic entanglements, each begins to use the others to further her own ends. And deep resentments fester. When all three witness the same trauma involving a close friend, circumstances force them into a coverup.

Twenty years later, they find themselves living in the same small town, alongside a few of the same men from college. Only now, many of these friends’ old assumptions no longer hold true. And the three women discover how easily trust can become betrayal and buried secrets threaten comfortable homes and careers.

Michele Campbell

It’s a quick read, with lots of twists and turns, and reminds me a bit of a Liane Moriarty novel, where you don’t really learn the full story until the very last page. But one more thing – I can’t for the life of me figure out why the author and publisher are using the title “It’s Always the Husband.” because — Hint: the title is a spoiler.

More about Michele Campbell.

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