How To Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman

how to be a good wifeBlurb from , please scroll down for my review. 
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.

Written in a similar way to The Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty, in the first person with little dialogue and plenty of description on what is going on in and around the life of Marta´s life. After many years of marriage she starts to “see” things, or does she, that is what the author is trying to get through to the reader, is it true of not. The marriage is not a happy one, but based on raising a son and looking after her husband but once her son leaves home there is little else for Marta to do as her only role in life is to be a good wife. The visions get more real, in a sense, but you still don´t know if they are visions and memories of her past or not, I was disappointed in the ending, a sad ending, surprising and a little sudden.

The book is short at only 288 pages I ploughed through is quickly.

This is the authors debut novel.

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