Monday, August 29, 2022

Take My Husband by Ellen Meister

Only one thing stands in the way of Laurel Applebaum's happiness…Doug Applebaum.

In this darkly comic novel about a wife whose rope is so frayed it's about to snap, Laurel gets a call that her husband has been in an accident. She imagines the worst. But as she is on the way to the ER, another emotion seizes her. Relief. Doug's death could solve all her problems. No more catering to his incessant demands. Then there's the insurance money. Laurel's dreams seem so close. There's just one problem: Doug is very much alive. Now Laurel has to decide if she is going to do something about it.

Subversive, irreverent and surprisingly poignant, Take My Husband probes the deep corners of a marriage and emerges to find the light. For anyone who's spent a little too much time with a significant other and thought, One of us has got to go.

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2022
 by MIRA
4/5 stars

From reading the blurb one is expecting a funny story about a wife who is just fed up with her husband. Which that is exactly what you get.

Take My Husband
in some ways felt like a throwback to the 50's/60's in terms of what Laurel had to put up with. She is fed up and decides to take matters into her own hands. This sets up a chain reaction of situations that are both comical and sad. Sad in the sense that some women can relate to the frustrations of what she is going through.  

My only complaint about this book is that it comes in at 400 pages and that was a tad too long, but what to exclude would be a hard decision.  While this book might not appeal to everyone I enjoyed reading it, I enjoyed watching the change in Laurel, I enjoyed the writing and how engaged I was with the story.  There were twists I didn't anticipate, as for the ending, yea it was perfect.

This is my first time reading a Elaine Meister book, I will be taking a look at her back list to add to my TBR.

My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for a honest review.  

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