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Book Broadcast: It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

About It’s Always the Husband:

Kate, Aubrey and Jenny are inseparable at college – friends who promised they’d always be there for each other.

But twenty years later, their friendship is about to take a deadly turn.

Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and Jenny married the boy next door, but when one of the friends dies in shocking circumstances, will everyone assume that it’s always the husband? Or could it be the best friend?

My reading habits are not always predictable. Sometimes I love nothing more to change-up my genres, other times I will read a succession of books from the same genre. Over the weekend I was in the mood for another dark psychological thriller, after being glued to the pages of another psychological thriller I read previous to this one. I turned to It’s Always the Husband, a book I had seen the very same morning promoted in the Australian publisher, Harlequin’s Instagram page. Harlequin’s marketing tactic worked and I decided to select It’s Always the Husband by debut writer Michele Campbell, from my personal purchases TBR shelf. I felt a little guilty as the review pile seems to be taking on a life of its own in preparation for the end of the month, but my desire to read a thriller took over!

It’s Always the Husband is about three every different women who meet in college and forge a bond that seems to last the distance, but for one member of this trio, life takes a deadly turn. Suspicion is immediately cast on the husband by the authorities investigating the case, because in most cases, isn’t it always the husband? It’s Always the Husband is a book that examines the well known cliché ‘it’s always the husband’. In many murder cases, suspicion is almost always immediately falls on the husband. Campbell rips this assumption apart in her first novel. It’s Always the Husband is a book that I would say is evenly split between two narratives, a past and present day. Be aware of you are selecting this book that some perseverance may be needed for the first half of the novel. I will also warn you that the characters are not terribly endearing, they are pretty downright awful, but nevertheless you will want to read on to solve the murder case. The second half of the novel really ramps up the action, suspense, twists, deception and of course, red herrings. The end reveal of the identity of the murder is exposed in the final hour of the novel and it was deceptively straightforward, but cleverly handled by a skilled new writer in the psychological thriller field. I’m looking forward to another novel by Michele Campbell.

Thriller and domestic noir fans will love this!

It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell was published on 18th December 2017 by HQ Fiction. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

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