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Book Review 'How To Kill Your Husband-And Other Handy Household Hints' by Kathy Lette

I had mixed feelings about this book. It is my favourite genre to read. Call it chick-lit, rom com, or light hearted fiction. It had funny moments, but at times felt like the author was trying too hard. I did struggle to finish this book, but persevered.

The book centres around three friends, and their lives with their terrible husbands. Cassie is our narrator. We meet her two close friends Jazz and Hannah. These three women are all so different, they would not be friends in real life. They don’t seem to like each other very much at all.

Jazz, a filthy rich stay at home mum, loses her husband, of unnatural causes, while on holiday in Australia. Jazz is immediately a suspect for his assumed murder. Cassie is a tired stressed working mum, and Hannah is an artist with no children. Her two best friends then try to get her out of custody and help prove it wasn’t her. The question is whether or not Jazz is innocent?

There were many aspects of this book I struggled with:

· The book was first published in 2006, and some of the references are very outdated and disrespectful of the LGBTQI community, but you have to remember when it was written, and thankfully attitudes have changed

· The book comes across as a man hating, man bashing marathon. All three women find out their husbands are horrible cheating bastards in the same year, which is very unrealistic and far fetched

· I didn’t mind the main character, but the other two ladies are not nice people, and Jazz’s attitude and self-destructive behaviour is hard to stomach at times

· I found the fact that Cassie had no back bone and hardly stood up for herself frustrating

There were a few laughs, and it is a light hearted and easy read. This is the second book I have read by this author, and after reading this one, I don’t think I will be reading any more of her work.

I give it **and a half stars.

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