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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  13,116 ratings  ·  1,845 reviews
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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Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 11th 2018 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published May 16th 2017)
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Chelsea Humphrey
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 towar ...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 didn’t kick in, immediately. So, for those reasons an ...more
Meredith
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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 everyone’s 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 late
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Linda
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 o
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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 it’s not t
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Julie
It’s Always the Husband by Michelle Campbell is a 2017 St. Martin’s 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, I’m not going to spend a great deal of time writin
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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
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 disap
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Carol (Bookaria)
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 differen
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Judy Collins
Michele Campbell’s debut, IT’S 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 father’s connect
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Erin Clemence
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Thanks to Jordan Hanley and St. Martin’s Press for the free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.
“It’s 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 hersel
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Marialyce
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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leslie hamod
There are so many storylines and so many characters, I find that I am both confused and disappointed. The story has potential, but the first half is unnecessary and the characters have less depth than if the author has focused on the second. Ultimately not a bad story, but I don't think I will be following this author.
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
Jennifer Blankfein
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
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 th
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Erin Dunn
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Megan Johnson
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jan
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, suspense
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 pla
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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 ke
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Debbie
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bridget
4.5 stars. This was a really good book! It was a bit slow at some points and I wouldn't categorize it as a thriller but I was able to stay tied up into it enough to keep going and I'm glad I did! I enjoyed the characters and the complexity of their relationship both the past and the present. I had a million scenarios but none of them were the actual outcome so I was surprised!
Mina
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Goodreads giveaway for giving me the chance to read this well thought out book...it centers around three women (Kate,Jenny and Aubrey) who meet in college where a tragedy happens...flash forward twenty years later and the decisions made that fateful night have consequences for all three women and the men in their lives...a guessing game till the end
Roxanne
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a Goodreads win review. This is an excellent book. Three girls form a close friendship in college. But twenty years later one of them is ready to jump off a bridge and the women and the husband are suspects. The book has great twists and turns until the very end.
☮Karen
The words It's Always the Husband carry a certain implication that any time a woman is murdered, her husband is the first suspect. That's how I thought this book would go, before I started reading it. But it was 6 hours into a 10.5 hour book before there was even any mention of husbands or marriages or murders. That's a heck of a long time to get to the point and required some patience.

Up to then, it's about three female college roommates and their antics. Kate the rich spoiled bad girl, Jenny t
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Karen
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
IT'S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND BY MICHELE CAMPBELL

Kate, Aubrey, Jenny all meet in their freshman year in college because they are all sharing the same dorm room. Kate is from money. Her father and her are often estranged because Kate mistakenly believes that her father blames her for her mother's death. Kate is beautiful and always gets whatever she wants. I thought she was full of herself but on deeper reflection I think that she really didn't like herself. Mostly stemming from the way she conducts he
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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 IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND. Since then, she has spen
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“Aubrey became a reader early so she wouldn’t feel alone in her apartment at night.” 3 likes
“changes the lives of those left behind, forever. “I don’t know what kind of point you’re trying to make, bringing me here,” she said, her voice shaking with tears. But she didn’t turn back. They walked forward a few paces, stepped over an old, tumbled-down metal fence and kept walking until they got to where the center of the bridge used to be. There it was, the abyss that he’d fallen through, the night” 1 likes
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