Title: The Husband Hour
Author: Jamie Brenner
About the book: It’s a standalone novel set during the summer in a beach town. I received an advanced reader copy from Hachette.
First impressions: I liked the premise of the novel. To my surprise, it kept me in suspense, so I continued turning the pages.
Characters: Lauren becomes a widow after her husband, Rory, dies in combat. I’m fond of the fact that everyone—dead and alive—has their flaws.
The characters grew on me, especially Lauren’s sister, Stephanie, and her father, Howard. They make mistakes like everyone else.
“I think when you want something badly enough, you make it happen.”
Writing: The narrative jumps back and forth between the past and present.
I enjoyed the sports angle with Rory being a professional athlete who suffers a head injury. It’s a relevant issue that Brenner handles well.
Final thoughts: I saw some things coming, but I didn’t see quite possibly the biggest twist of all. That being said, the book ends the way I expected it to.
I recommend the novel to those interested in contemporary fiction with a focus on family relationships.
The Husband Hour comes out on April 24, 2018. It’d make for a great summer read.
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