The Husbands by Chandler Baker

Whatever it takes…

Nora Spangler is a successful attorney: pregnant with her second child, in the running for partnership at her law firm, juggling domestic responsibilities and feeling exhausted. Her husband, Hayden, helps a bit but never really seems to take any initiative. Sigh.

With a second child on the way, the Spanglers need a bigger home. House hunting takes them to Dynasty Ranch, an exclusive suburban neighbourhood, just outside Austin, Texas, where Nora meets a group of very successful women whose husbands seem incredibly supportive. So, what is different about Dynasty Ranch?

Keen to be accepted (there is an approval process for intending residents) Nora agrees to help one of the women with a wrongful death case. The more time Nora spends with the women of Dynasty Ranch the more impressed she is. Hayden may help her a bit, but the husbands at Dynasty Ranch are well, amazing. They seem to have picked up all the domestic responsibilities without complaint. What on earth has happened?

Well, there’s a couple of twists which may (or may not) surprise but I am not going to spoil the story. Suffice to say that not everything that glitters is gold.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith