Adult Fiction,  Auslit Review

Review: Kill Your Husbands by Jack Heath

If you’ve been around for a while you might know that I love to read local and we are so lucky in Canberra to have loads of fantastic authors to support. I wrote a little while ago about how three of my faves had new novels coming out soon and today I’m excited to share my review of Jack Heath’s new adult novel Kill Your Husbands. Find out what Kill Your Husbands is about by reading the synopsis, then checkout my review below.

Synopsis of Kill Your Husbands

Three couples, friends since high school, rent a luxurious house in the mountains for an unplugged weekend of drinking and bushwalking. No internet, no phones, no stress. On the first night, the topic of partner-swapping comes up. It’s a joke – at first.

Not everyone is keen, but an agreement is made. The lights will be turned out. The three women will go into the three bedrooms. The three men will each pick a room at random. It won’t be awkward later, because they won’t know who they’ve slept with – or can pretend they don’t.

But when the lights come back on, one of the men is dead. No one will admit to being his partner. The phones still don’t work, and now the car key is missing. They’re stranded. And the killer is just getting started…

My Review of Kill Your Husbands by Jack Heath

Ok I have to admit I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to thrillers and Kill Your Husbands had me creeped out enough that I couldn’t put it down – I needed to keep reading to find out what happened next.

I really enjoyed the peeks we are given into the couples’ relationships and the way Heath has leaned into a theme I really enjoy in couple/friendship books, which is that things aren’t always the way they seem from the outside.

The book opens with a prologue that gives us a glimpse of how things are looking down the track a bit for one of the characters and I thought this, along with the alternating POV throughout, was a really effective way for the story to unfold and kept me on the edge of my seat. It also gave me enough to keep guessing at what was going on and who was with who when things happened.

Overall I thought Kill Your Husbands was a fun (for a book about murder!) page-turny kind of creepy thriller. I’m keen to see what Jack Health comes out with for us next!

xo Bron

Kill Your Husbands by Jack Heath
Out now from Allen & Unwin
Source: The lovely team at A&U kindly sent me a copy to review
Category: Aussie contemporary domestic thriller
Format: Paperback

Kill Your Husbands on Goodreads
You can keep up with the latest from Jack on his website here.

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