Book Review of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Description from book cover:
Reclusive Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant to write her story, no one is more astounded than Monique herself.
Determined to use this opportunity to jump-start her career, Monique listens in fascination. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to leaving show business in the 80s – and, of course, the seven husbands along the way-Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship and a great forbidden love. But as Evelyn’s story nears its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
I had been waiting for ages to read this book. After seeing reveiw after review, and everyone loving it, I couldn’t wait to dive in!
I loved it too! The way it is written, broken up into each husband whilst pausing to bring us back to present day, reminding us this is a women telling the story of her life to Monique, and clearly for a reason, made it so easy to read.
I loved the way in particular that each new marriage wasn’t a separate piece as such, but linked more and more to the ones before with reappearing characters, previous husbands popping back into the story, ongoing relationships that last years, allowing the timeline of Evelyn’s life to continue from one chapter to the next.
I found it an extremely well written book that has some very serious subjects in it’s story but delivered to the reader in such a very natural way that it allows us to read and think about them but without over playing it or forcing issues.
I loved the question of who was Evelyn’s true love and I found her a very captivating character. The ending was superb. I knew there would be a link but I didn’t see that link!
Wonderful. If you haven’t managed to pick up a copy yet, do so.