Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Blog Tour Review (Birthday Edition!): It's Always The Husband

Michele Campbell - It's Always The Husband
Published: May 16, 2017 by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Adult, Thriller, Romance
Pages: 320
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Source: Publisher
Rating: 1.5/5 👎

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 other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

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College life is kewl in fiction, Kate, Aubrey, Jenny all attend the fabulous Carlisle College in Belle River, New Hampshire, and quickly, and spontaneously, they go off to become BFFs. As in, sharing boys, sharing textbooks, attending frat parties, and struggling to solve a murder in their later years. Kate is super rich and the rotten egg from a golden goose, born and bred from the Upper East Side, Aubrey cries over everything because she's poor, and Jenny is the in-between friend, often forced to look out for them.

Maybe I'm bitter (aka: still recovering from a recent semester) but this is yet another book that shows college as a glamorous party haven. Although, the girls are seen grabbing textbooks and sighing over library books, the full experience of college isn't actually shown??? I mean, come on. Where are the consistent emails from your professor? Group chats? An overrun coffee machine? (The girls were usually seen skipping class or smoking in their dorm rooms.)

"Aubrey's thinking about taking Renaissance Painting and a bunch of other floofy stuff," Jenny said, smiling.

"Floofy?" Kate said, and laughed. "You're too much."

"You're saying those courses aren't practical," Aubrey said. "I get it, but why come to Carlisle if not to study things that inspire me?"

"Um, to get a job after?" Jenny said.

The book includes a flash-forward, twenty years into the future, and it's pretty terrifying. For these girls, at least. They deserved a Breaking Dawn: Part 2 plot twist, at least. They're all unhappily married, barely friends, and one of them has been murdered by one of their husbands. I truly didn't like how they interacted in general. I was originally going to say Kate was the unsung hero of this novel, but I'm going to stick with Jenny. Her life was so continuously unfortunate. There wasn't one focused POV, I believe this was a wild, undetermined case of third-POV, but she was always The Unappreciated Friend. One minute, they were trying to coddle Kate and the next, they were double-teaming her with their girl hatred. Dear, please.

The only real friends are Aubrey and Jenny. They held each other's hair back, stroll through Central Park on Thanksgiving, dried each other's tears, although Jenny is mostly seen doing that for Aubrey.

The twenty-year flashforward truly didn't belong. It was so cringey and outright sad. If this was simply a college-based novel on friendship and girlhood and first-time romance, it would've been great. Aubrey and Jenny had a great friendship, but when it carried into the future, .  I can only describe it as a shame. Definitely a pass.

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