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  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia

The Husbands

Chandler Baker

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

To what lengths would you go for just a little more help from your husband? By the author of New York Times bestseller WHISPER NETWORK comes a thrilling, insightful, page-turning novel imagining a world where family work is equally shared

'This gender-swapping Stepford Wives story is as creepy as it is delicious' - Good Housekeeping

'Turns its attention to the inadequacies of the nuclear family ... a direct descendant of Ira Levin's feminist classic, The Stepford Wives' - New York Times

'Chandler Baker is queen of the feminist thriller' - SALLY HEPWORTH

Welcome to the neighbourhood. We do things differently here.

Recently, Nora has started to feel that 'having it all' - a family, a soon-to-be new house, a successful career in law - comes with a price, one her husband doesn't seem to be paying quite so heavily. She loves Hayden, but why is it that, however hard men work, their wives always seem to work that much harder?

Then her house-hunting takes them to an affluent suburban neighbourhood and Nora's eyes are opened to a new world. One where women can have it all. One where the men actually pull their weight.

But a wrongful death case involving one of the local residents draws Nora further into this perfect world and she begins to realise that the secret of 'having it all' is far more complicated than she could ever have imagined. In fact, it may be worth killing for...

Smart, sharp and timely, The Husbands imagines a world where the burden of the 'second shift' is equally shared - and what it might take to get there. If you love the novels of Liane Moriarty, Celeste Ng and Sally Hepworth you will devour The Husbands.

'The Husbands is the type of page-turning domestic drama that will keep you guessing until the very end' - Mamamia

'A deadly tale about the mental load women carry' - Entertainment Weekly 'The Husbands is a poignant exploration of what it would take for women to have it all ... and it's as sobering as you might imagine. My head is still spinning. I can already hear the book club discussions!' SALLY HEPWORTH

'Every once in a while there's a book that stays with you - whether the subject resonates, makes you think or quite simply shocks. The Husbands does all that, and more... this brilliantly written novel will truly make women everywhere feel seen' Woman & Home

'A delicious and timely thriller' New York Times Book Review
'A murder mystery that happens in today's #MeToo era ... completely thrilling' REESE WITHERSPOON
'There's a lot of buzz about this page-turner thriller, which is Big Little Lies with a splash of #MeToo' NW Magazine
'Lies will be uncovered and secrets will be exposed' Woma
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Praise for The Husbands

  • You'll recognise every character in Whisper Network. Furious and relevant writing - CLARE MACKINTOSH

  • Fast, sharp and funny - New York Post on Whisper Network

  • Perfect-for-now tale of four women who take a stand against their misogynistic boss, with results none of them could have foreseen - Evening Standard on Whisper Network

  • Captures what it means to be a modern woman in an old boys' world - Entertainment Weekly on Whisper Network

  • A thriller, a murder mystery, and an anthem for any woman who has ever hit a glass ceiling, been the brunt of sexual innuendo, or felt harassed in the workplace. Smart, articulate, and witty, it will resonate with a huge audience - Library Journal on Whisper Network

  • Don't be fooled by its title. Whisper Network is a primal roar of a novel. Furiously funny and just plain furious, it's as timely as today's headlines and as big-hearted as your best work friend - RILEY SAGER

  • Exciting and sprinkled with razor-sharp insights about what it is to be a woman today. Will make you cheer for sisterhood - LIV CONSTANTINE on Whisper Network

  • Delectable . . . Nuanced, heartfelt, and smart - Toronto Star on Whisper Network

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Whisper Network | Meet Chandler Baker


Whisper Network | Meet Chandler Baker


Chandler Baker

Chandler Baker grew up in Florida, went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and studied law at the University of Texas. She now lives in Austin with her husband and two young children, where in addition to writing, she practices corporate law. Chandler has ghostwritten a series of YA novels that have sold over one million copies, and her first novel for adults, Whisper Network was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick and a New York Times and international bestseller.

Follow her on Instagram @chandlerbakerbooks and Twitter @cbakerbooks or visit her website at

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