After thoroughly enjoying Daisy Jones & the Six last year and seeing so many good reviews for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo I was really excited to read this and it didn’t disappoint!
Evelyn Hugo is an award winning Hollywood actress who rose to fame through the 1950/60s. She is well known for having seven husbands but has been out of the public eye for a substantial length of time. When she contacts Vivant magazine to inform them that she is auctioning some dresses at Christie’s and wants to work with them on a story they are amazed. That amazement changes to confusion when she insists a young journalist called Monique writes her story.
Grateful for the opportunity but unsure why Evelyn picked her, Monique visits Evelyn in her New York apartment to begin writing the article. However, she becomes even more confused when Evelyn reveals she doesn’t have any intentions of giving Vivant magazine an interview, but rather it was a ploy to get Monique alone to be able to write her life story in a biography. Over the coming days Evelyn reveals her life to Monique including the sordid details of her marriages and career and reveals a secret that she had been hiding for half of her life.
Once again, Taylor Jenkins Reid creates a beautiful and fast-paced story that left me believing the characters could be real. She weaves together characters so beautifully and displays their flaws in such a charismatic way. I went on an emotional rollercoaster pitying Evelyn, feeling envious of her life and crying over her heartbreak. She also has a way of distracting you from the questions your asking yourself until she’s ready to give you the answer; why did she want Monique to write this story.
Despite my huge ‘to be read’ list I cannot wait to read more of Taylor’s back catalogue and I’m so excited for the release of Malibu Rising later this year. Definitely a 5/5 read!
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