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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
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
This was a read that requires a difficult review. I'm torn down the middle as the first half and the second half seemed like completely different books. While scoping out reviews via Goodreads, I have found what seems to be a central thought regarding this story; the book appears to be marketed to the wrong crowd. If I hadn't been made aware that my expectations were leading me in a false direction, I probably would have been sorely disappointed in this book as well. This isn't a criticism ...more
Melissa
My feelings were at constant battle through this arduous undertaking. More than a few times, I had to ask myself, was I really enjoying this story, despite my lack of interest in any of the characters? Was the convoluted storyline worth dealing with this callous cast of wannabe friends? I guess my answer has to be, yes. Despite my indifference, something kept me turning the pages and that instinct to constantly monitor my remaining page-count didnt kick in, immediately. So, for those reasons and ...more
Meredith
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok

Aubrey, Kate, and Jenny meet at prestigious Carlisle College in New Hampshire. Aubrey is a poor scholarship kid who is desperate for approval. Jenny is a self-righteous overachiever who is always cleaning up everyones messes. Kate is a charismatic New Yorker who draws Aubrey and Jenny into her web. The three become BFF, but they are more like frenemies than true friends. The trio takes part in a scandalous event their freshmen year that binds them together for life. Fast-forward 20 years later,
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Linda
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
That bridge. That night.

Bridges tend to be mighty steel fortresses spanning over raging waters. A connection, with planned intention, between one side and the other. But it wasn't just the waters spewing rage.....

Twenty-two years earlier: Jenny, Kate, and Aubrey bring more than just their boxes and suitcases to their shared dorm room at Carlisle College in Belle River, New Hampshire. These three young women couldn't be more different in their backgrounds, social standings, and perspectives. And
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Susanne  Strong
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
3.25 Stars* (rounded down)

I'm not sure these ladies are the kinds of friends most people would like to have around: Two faced and fake. "It's Always the Husband" is the story of three women who were College Freshman Roomies and are so-called "Best Friends": Kate, Jenny and Aubrey. Their friendship is a hollow one. They don't actually like each other, yet if you asked them they would exclaim that they loved each other desperately and were the best of friends. In truth, their friendship is based
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James
3 out of 5 stars to It's Always the Husband, a new thriller and suspense novel set to release to the public on May 16, 2017, by Michele Campbell. It's a quick-read with a few slow spot, but keeps you guessing all throughout the chapters, almost playing a bit of Russian Roulette with who's behind the whole plot.



Why This Book
I saw it pop up on a few Goodreads reviews. I looked on NetGalley and thought it sounded like a strong psychological thriller. I was awarded the book in lieu of a fair and
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Arah-Lynda
Three young women with very diverse backgrounds and personalities find themselves thrust together as college roommates and form a small, exclusive clique.  This is the story of those college years and how that experience and the events that transpired there, have coloured the rest of their lives.

Sound familiar?

Actually that was one of the things I liked about this book cause remembering the whole The Secret History experience put a big smile on my face.

Trust me it faded quickly.  And its not
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
As soon as I saw this title I knew I needed to get my hands on this. As a major thriller lover it does seem like it is always the husband, or quite often, so this title made me smile. Plus I loved Michele Campbell's last book that I read She was the Quiet One. So I had high hopes for this one and it did not disappoint!


Three girls that become thick as thieves during their college days and not because they are study buddies. These girls rule the campus of a prestigious college due to Kate's family
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Julie
Its Always the Husband by Michelle Campbell is a 2017 St. Martins Press publication.

I loved the title of this book because it is sort of a running joke- right? So, I had to see which way the author would spin such a story with this title.

Unfortunately, this book was a stinker. If not for the need to find out who was going to be murdered and whodunit, I probably would have marked it as a DNF.

Therefore, because I am very behind on my reviews, Im not going to spend a great deal of time writing a
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
A thriller overstuffed with stock characters and truly abysmal writing. The dialogue is agonizing to read at times, and each character can be reduced to a 2-3 word stereotype. Though it seemed to be attempting to portray complex, interpersonal relationships that were strong but damaging overall, it only succeeded in providing a collection of relationships that made absolutely no sense and characters whose personalities changed on a page-to-page basis in order to fit the narrative. The twist was ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Present Day - the night of her fortieth birthday

She stumbled through the dark woods, the trees dripping raindrops onto her hair and her party dress. Her shoes were covered in mud, and she trembled from the cold.

'Hey,' she called out. 'This is crazy. My shoes are soaked.'

'Just a little farther.'

She was out of breath, and her feet were killing her. It wouldn't be good for the baby if she tripped and fell. Then they rounded a bend. She got an open view ahead, and knew finally where they
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Daniel Balici
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell is a 2017 St. Martin's Press publication. The interesting choice of title and the gorgeous cover aroused my interest in this novel. In my opinion, the storyline idea, albeit decent and promising, is not uncommon when it comes to the mystery fiction. The surprising aspect of this book given the genre it belongs to is the sophisticated and elaborate writing style. When I read The Couple Next Door, for example, I was bitterly
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Carol (Bookaria)
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a story of frenemies, crime, and lies.

Kate, Jenny, and Aubrey are three friends who met in freshman year in college. Kate is attractive and self-absorbed, Aubrey is naive and poor, and Jenny is smart and driven. Fast forward 20 years, they are still friends but conflict fills their lives just like it did when they were young.

There is a mystery to unravel when something happens to one of the friends and the book little by little reveals details of the crime.

The book is told from
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Judy D Collins
Michele Campbells debut, ITS ALWAYS THE HUSBAND is a suspenseful and intriguing twisty "whodunit" and "howdunit" of dark secrets a web of deceit, keeping you guessing to the conclusion.

Three college roommates at Carlisle College in New Hampshire Aubrey, Jenny, and Kate are linked by a tragedy.

Each girl has their own desires, dreams, fears, and troubles. The intricate complexities of friendship and acceptance. Love/hate relationships.

Kate is the wild, rich girl with a fathers connections
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Erin Clemence
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Thanks to Jordan Hanley and St. Martins Press for the free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.
Its Always the Husband is the newest novel by author Michele Campbell. The novel tells the story of Aubrey, Jenny and Kate- three roommates at a prestigious East Side college who are very different and yet quickly develop a tight, intense friendship. Twenty years later, when Kate falls from a bridge, rumors spread throughout the small town that she killed herself.
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So what did Kate have that made her such a powerful leader to her friends?
The friends who said they would stay loyal to the bitter end.

None of these characters appealed to me, but thats ok, Im not that kind of reader where I dont like a character so I dislike the book. Im quite ok with ratty, I likeable written characters, it usually challenges me to try to find out why they act the way they do.
It didnt happen in this though.

Many times I was confused
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Marialyce
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Certainly one would be hard pressed to meet a more despicable group of characters than those found in this book! All of them had the morals of a street cat, the integrity of liars and cheats, and the ability to twist and turn motives into evil intents and ways.

Kate, probably the worst of all the characters was a spoiled woman who did not have an ounce of morality in her makeup. She took exactly what she wanted even to the husbands and boyfriends of her supposed best college friends. She was in a
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
If I'm perfectly honest did I from the beginning feel that this book just wasn't my kind of book. The first chapter with the woman standing on the bridge was interesting, but then the story went back in time and we got to know more about Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. And, here lies the problem for me. They are all so cliché. Kate, the rich spoiled girl, Aubrey, the poor girl and Jenny the trustworthy middle-class girl. And all of them are totally unlikable and I never felt sorry for them. Instead, I ...more
Lisa
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Its Always the Husband by Michelle Campbell was an absolute stinker it was not my cup of tea at all, I won't go into great detail about this book but I could not connect to any character & when you have a line like Kate told Aubrey I cant wait till Aubrey gets laid, please its like a YA standard novel.


Also as to who got murdered it was just to convoluted for me to believe I did love A Stranger On The Beach but this was very YA orientated it just did not appeal at all thus the 2 star rating.
Jennifer Blankfein
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aubrey, Jenny and Kate are college roommates who come from very different backgrounds and instantly develop strong friendships. Kate is the bad girl who leads them to trouble and Jenny is the good girl who is always there to get them out of it. While in college, Aubrey loses her mother to cancer and feeling distraught, she proceeds to make some questionable decisions. Jenny laments over a past relationship with Lucas but Lucas is getting caught up with Kate. There are some disagreements amongst ...more
Karen Whittard
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, St Martins Press and Michele Campbell for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book.

You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On Goodreads from today under Karen Whittard and on Amazon under k.e.whittard from publication date.

I found this book a little hard to get into. I'm not even too sure why. I think it made me feel a bit uncomfortable reading it. But when I managed to get through
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Jan
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, netgalley
2.5 stars

The title grabbed me from the get go, and I have to say that there was potential for a really good thriller here, but unfortunately it just didn't deliver.

Unsympathetic characters don't typically bother me, but these 3 'Whipple Trips' had my head spinning. The story revolves around these 3 characters from the time they met in college to their adult lives. The conundrum for me is were they supposed to be friends? I think that was the intention, but...
The author was a bit all over the
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Kristy
Aubrey, Jenny, and Kate meet at Carlisle College--an elite institution on par with the Ivies--when they are placed as roommates their freshman year. Aubrey is on financial aid and looking for a chance to restart her life. Jenny, a "townie," has lived in Belle River, New Hampshire, most of her life. And finally, there's the beautiful Kate, whose wealthy family has long ties to Carlisle. The three quickly form a fast friendship, but it's problematic as well. Aubrey is in awe of the enigmatic Kate, ...more
Sheila
2 stars--it was okay.

This is one of those thrillers that goes from past to present. I thought the plot was competent--standard enough for this kind of book--but there was no characterization. We're constantly told that Kate (for example) is charming, but never see it. I couldn't really tell you anyone's personality traits, and I vaguely disliked everyone because of this. It was so bland that I don't have anything else to say.

I received this review copy from the publisher on NetGalley. Thanks for
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Erin Dunn
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Oops forgot about this one for a bit, but I finally finished it. Review to come.

Woo hoo!!! I won this in the Goodreads giveaways! I'm so excited and I can't wait to receive it. :D
Jayme
Jun 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
LOVED the title! HATED the book! GAVE up reading it on page 83!! 😕
Debbie
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? I think (I read it several days ago) that the major thing I remember is the ending. The ending was never ending, the author kept coming back and adding just a little more. Just when you think you know what happened on the bridge, the story is added to. Then back to the other plots going on and then back to the bridge, another addition. So now you know. Then back to the other plots, then bridge, then another addition. And, again you know. This happens several times ...more
ABookwormWithWine
"Go ahead and jump. You know you want to."

I have updated my review to reflect 3/5 ⭐ when I originally had it rated at 4/5 ⭐

Original review: If I'm being honest, when I first started this book I totally thought it was only going to be a 3 star book. I wasn't sucked into it right away, even though the start was mysterious. However, once I was in pages 40-50 I was actually hooked. I can't say I really expected the way it ended either. This is a great (slow-building) "who done it" book that will
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Megan Johnson
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, I really liked this one. After trying to get my hands on this one for a while, I was happy to finally dive into it. Was it formulaic and predictable and full of stereotypes about rich people? Yep. But there's something comforting about knowing what you're gonna get sometimes.

If you're thinking about picking this one up, I'd say go for it.
Elyse  Walters
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rich Girl, Good Girl, and Poor Girl, first meet when they are Freshman roommates at Carlisle College in New Hampshire.

It's "The Bermuda Triangle" ....Three-Way-Friendship!!!!!

College days are centered around drinking, drugs, sex, and frat parties.

The Trio girls -Kate, Jenny, and Aubrey - love them or loathe them - are a unique breed of sisterhood. When there are 'three' people in the mix, 'struggles-to-deal-with', become a whole new ballgame.
A TRIO- BFF - is the most complicated type of
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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 ITS ALWAYS THE HUSBAND. Since then, she has spent
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