Title: Good Husbands
Author: Cate Ray
Genre: Domestic Drama/Thriller
Publisher: September Publishing
Publication Date: 14th July 2022
Three wives, one letter, an explosive secret that will change everything.
Jess, Priyanka and Stephanie are all happily married to men they think they know inside out.
Then each woman receives a letter accusing her husband of involvement in a sexual assault that took place 20 years ago.
Who do they believe, what should they do and can they come together as their lives are upended?
A compelling, beautifully crafted thriller about consent, friendship and prejudice which asks – would you sacrifice your family life in support of another woman?
I love a book where a group of very different women are unexpectedly thrown together and Good Husbands did just that – to great effect. The story follows three women – Jess, Priyanka and Stephanie – each of whom receives a letter accusing their husband of being part of a sexual assault decades ago. They then have to come together and wrestle with what the right thing to do morally and for themselves is, and work out what to do if those two things don’t align at all.
I found Good Husbands incredibly engaging. It was an easy read in the sense that I didn’t want to put it down at any point. I was fascinated by the different reactions of the three women to the bombshell letter and the nuances behind their reasoning. The narrative is split between all three women which worked beautifully, constantly giving the reader differing perspectives on the developments in the plot. Good Husbands doesn’t shy away from taking a long hard look at both the consequences of rape and the inequalities and limitations of the justice system. It puts Jess, Priyanka and Stephanie right into the stark reality of realising they don’t know their husbands at all and also how much they are willing to sacrifice to do what’s right for a woman they never met. A compelling and thought provoking read which I would definitely recommend.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for inviting me on this tour and organising it. I kindly received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.
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