Title: Take My Husband
Author: Ellen Meister
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
First published: August 30th 2022
Publisher: MIRA
Finished reading: August 15th 2022 
Pages: 400

“As Laurel rested her head on his chest and listened to the stubborn beat of his heart she thought, Oh, Doug, why do you have to make it so hard to hurt your feelings, and so easy to want to kill you?”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and MIRA in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Right… Get ready to jump aboard the unpopular opinion train again! I really didn’t expect this to happen with Take My Husband to be honest… When I first read the blurb, I was hooked. I mean, having a wife suddenly realizing all her problems would go away if her husband actually died, and then her deciding to do something about it?! How could I say no to that?! And since I do love my humor on the dark and sarcastic side, I thought this dark comedy was going to be a perfect fit. Sadly, I ended up struggling considerably with this story instead. Below I’ll try to explain what did and didn’t work for me.

First of all I have to say that I still love the premise and idea behind this book. It gets your attention immediately and it’s such a great foundation to build a story on… Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of how it was executed nor the direction the story decided to take. One of my major issues with Take My Husband is that I absolutely despised the main character Laurel. She is basically a human doormat who lets her husband walk all over her for years, and then she is surprised that she is unhappy and wants him gone? She never tries to communicate her feelings or make changes for the better, but instead tries to plot his death; while I can understand why she wants to do so, I was never able to warm up to her nor truly empathize with her. I also felt that her character lacked dept, and the same goes for the rest of the characters. The husband is horrible as well, although that is no surprise, because she wouldn’t want him dead otherwise. Some of the secondary characters were more likeable, but they were one-dimensional and while quirky, quite cliche.

Another thing I couldn’t get past was the fact that this is supposed to be a dark comedy, and I didn’t see the humor AT ALL. I mean, not even a snort, not even tiny little giggle… It is a fact that I didn’t laugh once while reading Take My Husband, it this was such a disappointment for me because I was looking forward to a good laugh. I know that humor is such a personal thing and I also know that my taste in humor is different than most people, but I couldn’t even find things that could have been funny to other people… Although most people do seem to love this story, so maybe my humor radar is simply broken.

I wasn’t a fan of the romance in the book either, which felt rather forced and awkward to me. On top of this, we have both love triangle and cheating vibes, and a very jealous husband… All things that made me enjoy the story even less. And there is no doubt that the scenes with Luke were the final nail in the coffin for Laurel’s character for me; then again, I never like a cheating element in my stories in the first place. I also felt that the last part of the story was a bit farfetched, and the final events too convenient and rushed just so the plot could wrap up everything nicely. The plot itself was also quite repetitive and rather uneventful considering the fact that the main character is thinking about killing off her husband.

As a whole, sadly I can’t say that I had a great time reading Take My Husband. Between the awful main character, lack of humor, repetitive plot and cheating vibes, this story and me most definitely weren’t ment to be… I know I’m in the minority when it comes to this book though, so don’t give up on my account if you think Take My Husband is your cup of tea.


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