The Dead Wife's Handbook - Hannah Beckerman
Source: Courtesy of Penguin
'Today is my death anniversary. A year ago today I was still alive.'
Rachel, Max and their daughter Ellie had the perfect life - until the night Rachel's heart stopped beating.
Now Max and Ellie are doing their best to adapt to life without Rachel, and just as her family can't forget her, Rachel can't quite let go of them either. Caught in a place between worlds, Rachel watches helplessly as she begins to fade from their lives. And when Max is persuaded by family and friends to start dating again, Rachel starts to understand that dying was just the beginning of her problems.
Rachel grieves for the life she's lost and the life she'll never lead, she learns that sometimes the thing that breaks your heart might be the very thing you hope for.
Thirty Six year old Rachael Myerson is dead. She sits on and surrounded by nothing but white, alone, desperate and is constantly in complete silence. Now and again the white underneath her clears and she gets to see snippets of her families life carrying on without her.
I waited so long for this book to come and I was having heart palpation's every time I got a book post. After about twelve years, I finally got one and jumped straight in as soon as I opened it up. The hype from other book bloggers was immense. Everyone raved on about how amazing it was so I knew it was going to be absolutely fantastic.
Unfortunately, I didn't agree. I thought it was just good. The whole concept of the book was amazing and Hannah Beckerman dealt with everything she wrote with precision and grace. Her mind is somewhere else allowing for original and unique ideas and she really does deserve credit for that.
My main problem with the book was that I got bored and I didn't actually want to pick it up and read it after I'd put it down. It took me nine days to complete and that is unheard of with me. I understood the books direction and I did really think it was lovely there was just something lacking.
I'm really sorry Hannah, you're a lovely lady and I think you're something new, refreshing and unique. I just couldn't enjoy The Dead Wife's Husband enough.