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?
Michele Campbell is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School and a former federal prosecutor in New York City who specialized in international narcotics and gang cases.
A while back, she said goodbye to her big-city legal career and moved with her husband and two children to an idyllic New England college town a lot like Belle River in IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND. Since then, she has spent her time teaching criminal and constitutional law and writing novels.
She's had many close female friends, a few frenemies, and only one husband, who – to the best of her knowledge – has never tried to kill her.
"Go ahead and jump, you know you want to."
Thus starts It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell, a psychological thriller that had me from the first page. Jealousy, intrigue and murder but not really until later in the book does it all start to come together. Not a really fast paced story, but that is ok, because the reader is brought into each of the friends and their lives and relationships to each other, in college and in the present.
Kate, the quintessential rich girl, having issues of her own. Her mother is not in the picture, she has a stepmother of whom she loathes. She has a rocky relationship with her father so she loves to party, drink and do drugs.
Aubrey, a poor girl who was able to get a full scholarship that enables her to go to an exclusive college. She immediately forms an attachment to Kate, maybe because there is some jealousy there and she wants Kate to like her.
Jenny is a townie, who is a bit more standoffish and scholarly. She would rather study than party.
The three roommates form a 20+ year bond, maybe not because they are great friends but because of circumstances and events that happen in their college years.
The story is told with different voices in different chapters, in the present and in their college years. With a lot of mystery and drama,we learn alot about these three very different women and their lives after college. So getting back to the title, It's Always the Husband, or is it? This is a great debut novel and I look forward to reading more by this author!