How to Be a Good Wife Hardback
by Emma Chapman
Marta and Hector have been married for a long time -- so long that she finds it difficult to remember her life before him.
He has always taken care of her, and she has always done everything she can to be a good wife.
But when Hector comes home with a secret, their ordered domestic life begins to unravel.
In the shadows there is a blonde girl that only Marta can see. And she is trying to tell her something ...
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 03/01/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781447216186
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Review by nicx27
Marta is a woman in her 40s, married to Hector who is 20 years older. They live in what seems to be an isolated rural place and their grown up son has just moved to the city. Marta has mental issues but has recently stopped taking her tablets. She starts to see things and remember things and from there it is only a matter of time before something has to give.The first half of this short novel was a bit slow for me, setting the scene and introducing us to the characters and to Marta's thoughts and visualisations. The second half really picked up the pace and there was a moment of realisation for me about the story that then fizzled out a little to a slightly disappointing end. This is an accomplished piece of writing and I think the author has a good career ahead of her but I think there was too much left unanswered for my liking. There's a very close, claustrophobic feel to Marta's narrative and I really did feel a sense of terror about what she was saying. However, I think it's been done better in one or two other books of a similar ilk.Worth a read, a good short story but maybe too open-ended for me.