BHBC: The First Husband

I know everyone is super excited for another book review. I feel like I have had a ton lately. The First Husband, by Laura Dave, was good. I read it with my Kindle app, so I felt like it flew by and then suddenly ended. I should pay more attention to my progress percentage.

That said, it is hard to discuss The First Husband without spoilers. I’n not sure what to say. So it was going along all predictably with a little zig and a little zag and then the main character did something that I disliked very much. Then it was redeemed, but not before the reasons for redemption were spelled out in a manner obviously designed to curry favor with the reader to make up for the unpleasant act and point out that the redemption was done for the most virtuous of reasons. I don’t know. By then end of the book I didn’t really like anyone.

I don’t do well when I don’t have someone to root for. I liked one of the tertiary characters, but he wasn’t in it enough. I really liked the first half of the book and overall, I think it would be a good poolside read. It’s just a little morally ambiguous, but with a book title like The First Husband, you know there are going to be a few shenanigans. The writing is solid, the characters well developed with a few that feel slightly like charicatures: scorned ex! sassy best friend! hard nosed mother-in-law! but there is a unique spin on them. For The First Husband I would say: get it from the library and read it on a plane.

I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review but all opinions expressed are my own.

 

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2 Responses to “BHBC: The First Husband”

  1. Kristy says:

    They really did feel like caricatures! I ended up not really liking anyone in the book, either, which for me translates to not liking the book itself. Great review!

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