Jan 27, 2022

Book Review: Michele Campbell Books

I discovered author Michele Campbell on a random visit to Barnes & Noble in the fall of 2021. I kinda wondered in, not really knowing what I wanted but knowing that I needed a good book. I was pandemic tired of tv and internet and I needed something really juicy to get me back into reading books. I checked the Best Sellers rack and all that kinda stuff but I didn't really know what I needed. Then I found myself back in Mystery and Thrillers section. An old favorite that never disappoints. I forget how I landed on Michele Campbell but I was glad I did.

I saw she had 4 books so I checked to see what order she wrote them in and decided to read them in that order. I'm kinda organized like that I guess.

Her first novel (and the one I think is the best) is It's Always the Husband. 
It was exactly the book I needed to get back into reading. It felt a little bit like a YA novel and I wasn't mad about it. I didn't need stuffy and boring. It was a fun read, a tight plot that moved along at a great pace. I really liked it. 

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?

Her second novel, She Was The Quiet One, was great! I really liked it. I loved the characters in this one and the twists were excellent.

For Rose Enright, enrolling in a prestigious New England boarding school is the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Rose’s vulnerable twin sister Bel, Odell Academy is a place of temptation and danger. When Bel falls in with a crowd of wild rich kids who pressure her into hazing Rose, the sisters’ relationship is shattered. Rose turns to her dorm mother, Sarah Donovan, for advice. But Bel turns to Sarah’s husband Heath, a charismatic and ambitious teacher. Is Heath trying to help Bel or take advantage of her? In a world of privilege, seduction, and manipulation, only one sister will live to tell the truth.

A Stranger on the Beach is her third novel and I could feel it was a little bit different than her first two. That's not a bad thing! I really loved her first and second novel and this one is probably my least favorite. Don't get me wrong, it was still a good read, I just found myself a wee bit bored it a few spots.

There is a stranger outside Caroline's house.

Her spectacular new beach house, built for hosting expensive parties and vacationing with the family she thought she'd have. But her husband is lying to her and everything in her life is upside down, so when the stranger, Aiden, shows up as a bartender at the same party where Caroline and her husband have a very public fight, it doesn't seem like anything out of the ordinary.

As her marriage collapses around her and the lavish lifestyle she's built for herself starts to crumble, Caroline turns to Aiden for comfort...and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aiden's obsession with Caroline, her family, and her house grows more and more disturbing. And when Caroline's husband goes missing, her life descends into a nightmare that leaves her accused of her own husband's murder.

Her final novel (for now I guess?), The Wife Who Knew Too Much, was pulpy and full of wealthy lifestyles and gossip. Juicy! A great whodunnit. If I had one complaint it would be the ending. I just wanted something a little different I guess.

From Goodreads:

Tabitha Girard had her heart broken years ago by Connor Ford. He was preppy and handsome. She was a pool girl at his country club. Their affair should have been a summer fling. But it meant everything to Tabitha.

Years later, Connor comes back into Tabitha's life—older, richer, and desperately unhappy. He married for money, a wealthy, neurotic, controlling woman whom he never loved. He has always loved Tabitha.

When Connor’s wife Nina takes her own life, he’s free. He can finally be with Tabitha. Nina’s home, Windswept, can be theirs. It seems to be a perfect ending to a fairy tale romance that began so many years ago. But then, Tabitha finds a diary. "I’m writing this to raise an alarm in the event of my untimely death," it begins. “If I die unexpectedly, it was foul play, and Connor was behind it. Connor—and her.”

As Tabitha is drawn deeper into the dark glamour of a life she is ill-prepared for, it becomes clear to her that what a wife knows can kill her.

Have you read any of Michele's books? If you have, let me know what you think! I'd love to compare thoughts.


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