Book of The Day
“How To Be a Good Wife” by Emma Chapman
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.
I know by looking at the title you may think this is a guide book on how to be a good wife. Giving advice on how to keep your husband happy. But this isn’t the case at all. “How To Be a Good Wife” is a psychological suspense novel that will leave you reeling.
I have to be honest and say that it starts off pretty slow but when it picks up you won’t be able to put it down. There are definitely some unexpected events that transpire. Throughout the story you’re fed the narrative that Marta is mentally ill but what if she isn’t? She began to become distrustful of her husband and even herself. She refused to take her medicine. Why would she not want to get better? She must have a good reason to put herself through torture. Read for yourself and see if you can figure out what’s really going on. I know I was surprised.
Has anyone else read this novel? What did you think and would you recommend it to others? Comment below!
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