Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Suspense · Thriller

The Husbands by Chandler Baker. (2021).

The Husbands by Chandler Baker. (2021).

**4.5 out of 5 stars**

Nora has been feeling that ‘having it all’ – a family, a soon-to-be new house, a successful career – comes with a price, one that her husband Hayden doesn’t seem to be paying as heavily. Then her house-hunting takes them to an affluent neighbourhood and her eyes are opened to a new world: one where men actually pull their weight. But as a wrongful death case involving one of the local residents draws Nora further into this perfect world, she begins to realise that the secret of ‘having it all’ is far more complicated than she could ever have imagined. In fact, it may be worth killing for…

I absolutely powered through this one, it made for very addictive reading! I think most working mothers will find something relatable in this book, as would a lot of parents in general. I’ve seen this genre described as feminist thriller and I guess that would be a pretty accurate description. As a working mum myself, I had all the feels for Nora who is struggling to balance work, mum, wife and hopefully friend duties. She finds this amazing sounding community and immediately notices that all the menfolk do the primary caregiving and housework, although it’s pretty extreme – think Stepford Wives but with men instead. When Nora is asked to look into a wrongful death case in the community, she begins to learn more about the families in it and it’s clear that while the community is super appealing to her, some things just aren’t sitting right…
Overall: I would highly recommend this novel; it would make fabulous holiday reading and definitely binge read it if you can.

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