Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
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 jumpstart her career, Monique listens in fascination. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave 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 near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
This book is completely outside of my wheelhouse. I wouldn’t have picked it up if it wasn’t for the hype that had been generated around it. The hype did not lie, I loved this book! Evelyn was a fantastic character, her personality unfolding as she tells her tale to Monique. Monique is a beautiful compliment to the harsh manner of Evelyn and she is a great guide for the reader as we encounter Evelyn’s story together.
You can so clearly imagine the glitz, glamour and dark heart at the centre of Evelyn’s world as we move through the decades with her you can clearly see the fashion trends and lifestyle she had and the grace at which she moved through it. Evelyn is just a solidly real character, she has made her mistakes in life and owns them.
I can’t say much without spoilers but the story is excellently woven to keep you enthralled. I read it completely in one day, wanting to know ever minute of Evelyn’s life. Loving her loves, hating her enemies and forgiving those she eventually forgave. It is well worth the read even if it is not in your wheelhouse.