How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints) – Kathy Lette

ISBN 0-7432-4807-4 Published by Simon and Schuster

All women want to kill their husbands some of the time.  “Where there’s a will, I intend to be in it,” wives half-joke to each other.  Marriage, it would appear, is a fun-packed frivolous hobby, only occasionally resulting in death.

But when Jazz Jardine is arrested for her husband’s murder, the joke falls flat.  Life should begin at 40, not life imprisonment for killing your spouse.

Jazz, (stay at home mum and domestic goddess), Hannah (childless career woman), and Cassie (demented working mother of two) are three ordinary women.  Their record collections are classical, not criminal.  Cassie and Hannah set out immediately to prove their best friend’s innocence, uncovering betrayal, adultery, plot twists, thinner thighs and toy boys aplenty en route.  But will their friendship survive ever darker revelations?

Jazz, Hannah and Cassie are three woman that like to bitch and fight everyone about who has the worst life.  Jazz wins hands down when she is arrested for the murder of her husband.

The story involves a flashback to tell the story from when it first started, when Jazz discovered her husband was cheating on her, Cassie realised that her life wasn’t as real as she thought and Hannah was in denial that her perfect artist husband was just draining her resources.  How they go from a women bent on revenge, two marriage collapses, numerous affairs, subterfuge, spying, miscommunication, and backstabbing is a wonderfully crafted story.

While I can’t relate to the upper class women of this story, their relationship problems makes them more real because it affects not just the upper class, but the lower class as well.  I liked the characters, and the story twist at the end was a goodie.  It really makes you wonder if you really know your friends as well as you think…


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