Review: It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell @MCampbellbooks

Release date: May 16, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press 

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump. 

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each otherโ€”but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that itโ€™s always the husband? 


The title of this book is what initially grabbed my attention, isn’t it great?! Then, when I read the blurb I was even more intrigued and by the time I read the short prologue I was hooked! I do want to start by saying that this seems to be getting mixed early reviews and I think Chelsea at The Suspense is Thrilling Me nailed the reason why. I read her review right before I started this because I knew I could trust her not to spoil anything and I’m so glad I did because it allowed me to reset my expectations about what type of book this actually is. 

This isn’t a super fast paced thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It’s a slower buildup and the first half and second half read totally different from each other. The first is laying the foundation and follows the three women as they meet in college. The second half focuses more on present day which is twenty two years after college and things speed up and everything intensifies. If you can hang in through the slower beginning this is definitely worth the read. 

As I mentioned earlier the first half is a lot of backstory and character development about the women and their twisted, complicated relationships with each other. They call themselves friends, but are they really? There is tons of drama, secrets, lies, betrayals, and manipulations. It was extremely hard to pinpoint whodunnit when literally everyone is a suspect and has a solid motivation. I never mind a slower opening, especially if there’s a big payoff in the end and Campbell surely delivers, I did not see the twist in the end coming! 

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to BookSparks and St. Martin’s Press for my review copy. 

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