Breaking News: Evelyn Hugo is a KNOCKOUT!

the orangutan times

seven husbands of evelyn hugoSexy, layered and infinitely complex, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is not for the faint of heart! Orangutan Librarian reports.

Opening in the style of Citizen Kane, an article allegedly reveals “all” the sordid affairs of Hugo’s life- but don’t be fooled. Beneath the reports darker truths lie. With multiple voices- each flawlessly executed- the reality behind the rumours is uncovered in time.

And, of course, it’s all about Evelyn: compelling, deceitful and enigmatic- it’s no wonder Monique is in awe of her at the start. Naturally, she’s not a particularly moral person by my book, and there were times when I had serious problems with her, however one cannot deny that she makes herself Seen. What’s especially brilliant about her characterisation is how the author lifts her up to stardom and then brings her down to our level- much like a tabloid journalist.

It’s certainly sensational enough. With some serious emotional turmoil, the drama and intensity is there throughout- I didn’t want to put it down! As a mystery romance, it has all the hallmarks of a thrilling, twisty tale. I will admit, I did guess the first revelation- yet not the second. Oh boy, that second one was a shocker, making for a great ending.

Most of all, there was a sense of fun to the story. Believe me darlings, I was loving the tone 😉 I adored watching the relationships unfold and I teared up when the love of her life was revealed- it was simply a beautiful moment.

I’m afraid it wasn’t all plain sailing. I had some, shall we say, philosophical differences with some stances… but I am very rarely in the mood to get into politics on my blog (I can direct you to my thoughts on the matter here and here). Plus, I have way too much respect for this effortlessly *fabulous* book to be heavily critical of my personal niggling issues. Easily, this book got:

4½/5 bananas

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So have you read this book? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

40 thoughts on “Breaking News: Evelyn Hugo is a KNOCKOUT!

  1. As soon as I saw the title of this post I was like YEAH she is!!! I’m so glad that you liked this book so much! Even though Evelyn certainly makes some questionably moral choices, she is such an interesting and complex character. And you’re right – it almost does read like a mystery!


  2. I really enjoyed it. My only complaint was the twist at the end explaining why Evelyn chose Monique to tell her story. I felt that was a little contrived, and I could have done without it. But it didn’t really ruin anything for me.


  3. Been hearing wonderful things about this book and I’m never sure if it’s for me or not (there are also some people who find it very overrated, which turned me off) but your marvelous review/journalism piece has convinced me! I loooove immoral heroines ❤


  4. Oh wow! So…you loved it too! I really will have to read it at some point as I don’t think I have ever read a negative review so far!


  5. Ahh, fantastic review! I’m so glad you liked this one so much just as well, I must be the only one left that hasn’t read it haha. I can’t wait to do so 😀


  6. Oooh, I’ve heard so many good things about this one! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Great review!


  7. Enjoyed the tone of this review! Evelyn Hugo is definitely an interesting character, and perhaps even more so because of the way the book is written! Sounds like a great read! (I know nothing about this book, but seven husbands?!)


  8. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this one so much! I’ve been in two minds about picking it up for a while. Reviews tend to be either glowing or damning so it feels like a risk. That said in Evelyn has a lady without morals, as you’ve mentioned, then she sounds like my type 😉


  9. This book is on my TBR for quite a while now and this is a great review. And You are making me like Evelyn already, I love grey characters!


  10. I’ve been meaning to read this one for so long. I hope to get to it soon.
    I really enjoy your posts and was positive I was already following you. I’ve noticed that my blog sometimes unfollows other bloggers for no reason at all.
    Well anyway, I’m glad I’m following you again.

    Great review! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! 🙂


  11. I haven’t red this one but I think I’m going to have to, I keep hearing such great things about it!

    I went and read your thoughts on politics posts. 🙂 I totally get what you mean. On the one hand I hate the term ‘shoehorned in’ because sometimes people are just really political and they can’t help putting their opinions into everything they do and some of them happen to be writers. 😀 On the other hand *I know EXACTLY what you mean*! LOL. Sometimes it’s so clumsy and obvious and doesn’t have much to do with the story so…why? But sometimes the story itself is very political. And you know, I think it’s all about balance and how to write an engaging story and still say whatever it is you want to say. I mean, Pratchett was great at showing many sides of things, even though he had VERY definite opinions on things. Anyway, off on a tangent, but your posts made me have very rambling thoughts, lol. 😀


  12. Yay! I read this last year and absolutely loved it! I really enjoyed how Reid takes an “unlikable character” and made me respect her for her ambition and drive. Will you be reading Daisy Jones and the Six?


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