Kate Eastman is poison. Like quicksilver, she’s beautiful and slippery, but her unique talent is sliding into the cracks in people—those flaws in someone’s character that might not be disasterous normally, but once Kate seeps in become fatal.
In Kate, Michele Campbell writes a multi-dimensional character who is so much more than a cliched narcissist. Yes, Kate manipulates. Yes, she’s selfish. But she’s also alternately vulnerable, confused, lost, and even at times, guilty. Most of all, Kate believes herself, no matter what cloak she’s donned, and because of that, everyone around her believes her too. They believe her when she’s the life of the party. They believe her when she’s using and discarding them. They believe her when she’s their best friend, the great love of their lives, or a mean, vindictive witch.
And maybe part of the reason the people who surround Kate believe her is because no matter what role she’s playing it makes them feel like more. If she’s in fine form, they get to share her glow. If she’s a wreck they get to shine by comparison.
In addition to exceptional characters It’s Always the Husband revolves around a murder, and Campbell keeps the mystery of the murderer’s identity until the bitter end of the novel. Along with that final reveal there is a sense of just rewards that gives this dark book an almost "happily ever after" ending. It’s intriguing, twisted, and beautiful all at the same time. Kind of like Kate.
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