Relationships — if marriage or friendship — have the ability to enhance lives or destroy them. Some connections do as Michele Campbell shows in her riveting novel “It Is Always the Husband.”
A former federal prosecutor who has composed a few novels under different names, Campbell, expertly explores the effect of relationships as well as the line between hate and love. While the mystery elements blanket the narrative, “It Is Always the Husband” spins in the friendship of three very different women and the calm and chaos surrounding them.
Ambitious woman Jenny Vega, student Aubrey Miller and rich New Yorker Kate Eastman match in their very first day in New Hampshire’s Carlisle College. The three are suite-mates and are shortly known as the Whipple Triplets after the ferry. However, the nickname is not necessarily a term of endearment. The delicate Aubrey and her grades, her background and her inability struggle to match. She also hero-worships Kate. Just Jenny appears to rise over, though she is always being drawn into her roommates’ drama. At the end of their first season, a catastrophe happens divides them and that binds them together.
“It Is Always the Husband” alternates between both women’s college days and 22 years after, when each has a drastically different economic situation and put in society.
The book opens with the murder of a few of those women 22 years. The identity key for nearly half the narrative — a system which operates nicely to amp the tension of the women is kept by Campbell. Although readers will likely guess that of the buddies met an untimely end, the unveiling is still a surprise, amplified by the motive that is shocking.
Occasionally the only means is to sever a relationship, because most of the characters must realize.
‘It Is Always the Husband’
St. Martin’s Press (336 pages).
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