Friday, 6 September 2013

How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman (*)

Genre; Adult/ Thriller
Release Date; October 2013
In the tradition of Emma Donoghue's Room and S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, a haunting literary debut about a woman who begins having visions that make her question everything she knows

Marta and Hector have been married for a long time. Through the good and bad; through raising a son and sending him off to life after university. So long, in fact, that Marta finds it difficult to remember her life before Hector. He has always taken care of her, and she has always done everything she can to be a good wife—as advised by a dog-eared manual given to her by Hector’s aloof mother on their wedding day.

But now, something is changing. Small things seem off. A flash of movement in the corner of her eye, elapsed moments that she can’t recall. Visions of a blonde girl in the darkness that only Marta can see. Perhaps she is starting to remember—or perhaps her mind is playing tricks on her. As Marta’s visions persist and her reality grows more disjointed, it’s unclear if the danger lies in the world around her, or in Marta herself. The girl is growing more real every day, and she wants something

This book has been on my kindle ready to go for a while, and i completely forgot what it was about. Initially it tells the story of Martas daily life and how she is struggling to "be a good wife" with excerts from the "how to be a good wife" book which she has modeled her life on. When she decides to see what happens if she stops her medication, we see the changes in Marta, from visions to flashbacks, we wonder what the heck has happened in her life. From this point, it is all twists and turns until the very end which left me shocked and confused. It reminded me of before i go to sleep  
and gripped me till the end. The writing is very fluent and i found it quickly drawing me in, and letting me question what is happening all the while routing for Marta to become herself once more.

Rating; 8/10
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1 comment:

  1. Isn't it great to enjoy a book that had been right under your nose on your reader for awhile. It happens to me all the time.
    -Dilettantish Reader