Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Monique is slowly making a name for herself as a writer when she’s seemingly picked out of obscurity to interview Evelyn Hugo, one of the most famous actresses of the century. Hugo is basically Elizabeth Taylor without the alcoholism: stunning, talented, guarded, and with a string of husbands. As Hugo reveals the intimate details of her life by way of the men who punctuate it, Monique is about to learn the truth the world has wondered for decades. Which man did Hugo love the most?

After thoroughly enjoying Daisy Jones and the Six and Malibu Rising, it was time I finally read Taylor Jenkins Reid’s earlier novel that really made the book club rounds. I wish I had read these three in order because it is clear Reid has constructed an entire universe of the entertainment industry and they build off each other nicely. You practically have to shield your eyes from the flashbulbs and will recognize one character who makes appearances in all three. Much how I was hooked on Daisy Jones due to the innovative structure, I loved that this book builds its sections around each of Hugo’s husbands. Whether he helped secure her fame or keep her secrets, each husband served a purpose and was a calculated choice. While it may seem as though this centers the men, make no mistake; Evelyn Hugo is very much in charge of her life.

4.25 out of 5 stars.

Pair with: A bold red wine