Three freshman roommates at elite Carlisle College in Belle
River, New Hampshire could not be more different. From New
York City, Kate Eastman, is beautiful, rich, a trust fund
darling who is wild, spoiled and used to getting whatever
she wants. She loves alcohol, drugs and sex and lots of it!
The Eastman name is everywhere on the college campus and
Kate's top priority is where/when is the next party.
Aubrey, poor, white trash from Vegas, is on a scholarship
and believes this is the beginning of a new life for her.
She can not fail and idolizes Kate following her like a
puppy and doing anything to become her BFF. Jenny is a
"townie," whose family own the local hardware store and
Jenny has ambitious plans for her future.
The threesome is nicknamed the Whipple Triplets, and they
are invited to all
the biggest and best frat parties. Too quickly, Aubrey
becomes addicted to drugs and drinking but she must continue
in order to stay close to Kate. Kate has no problem with
partying, drinking/drugging heavily, and if she feels like
going to class, she will. If not she stays in bed and gets
ready for the next party. She manipulates her roommates
especially Aubrey. Kate is selfish and thinks nothing of
dating Jenny's high school boyfriend, Lucas, that Jenny
still has feelings for. When he dies from a fall from the
local bridge, it is determined to have been a suicide. The
Whipple Triplets claim they saw it happen. Is that the
Time passes and the girls barely stay in touch but 20 years
later finds them all back in Belle River. Jenny is the
mayor of the town and is married to Tim, a cousin of Lucas.
Their marriage is strained because Jenny lied to Tim about
what really happened to Lucas on the bridge.
Kate is financially hurting as she has gone through her
inheritance and is on the outs with her father. She is
married to a long-time friend and social equal, Griff, who
also lost his fortune when his father was found guilty of
fraud and is serving time in prison. Kate is not used to
being without wealth, is bored and having an affair.
Aubrey owns and operates a successful Yoga Studio, has
children and is married to Ethan, a doctor. It is Ethan
who is having an affair with Kate. Another betrayal by
Kate, to BFF Aubrey. When Kate's body is found washed up
near the bridge, it is time to find a murderer.
Who done it?
IT'S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND is the debut novel from Michele
Campbell and tells of secrets, betrayals, murder in a small
Ivy League community. I did not like any of
the three main characters, which is rare for me. Their
relationship was more like frenemies and their promise to
each other "to never hurt one another," was not even
believable. Also, their love interests were all losers.
The book is a downer and the ending is not a surprise.
Perhaps her next offering will be more appealing to me. I
prefer characters that I can root for. Not so in this case,
but I did try!.
Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny first met as college roommates and
soon became inseparable, despite being as different as three
women can be. Kate was beautiful, wild, wealthy, and
damaged. Aubrey, on financial aid, came from a broken home,
and wanted more than anything to distance herself from her
past. And Jenny was a striveróbrillliant, ambitious, and
determined to succeed. As an unlikely friendship formed, the
three of them swore they would always be there for each other.
But twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge
of a bridge, and someone is urging her to jump.
How did it come to this?
Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and
Jenny married the boy next door. But how can these three
women love and hate each other? Can feelings this strong
lead to murder? When one of them dies under mysterious
circumstances, will everyone assume, as is often the case,
that itís always the husband?
A suspenseful, absorbing novel that examines the
complexities of friendship, Itís Always the Husband
will keep readers guessing right up to its shocking conclusion.