Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Book Review: The Dead Wife's Handbook by Hannah Beckerman

Why is when I share my name with a character they’re  always dead?

'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. As 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.

I really like the premise of this book and it done well. Rachel has glimpses of her husband and daughter’s lives. I guess you would say she in purgatory, well that the feel I got from it. She spends most of her time in bland white room so another spin on the afterlife.

The characters are very distinct from each other and all add a different spill to Rachel's death. The main characters are sympathetic and can relate to them which is obviously important with this type of book.

The book is separated into the 7 stages of grief and it really works with the premise and doesn't feel forced. It goes over the impacted someone life has on other people's lives. Especially deals with the loss of a parent and all that goes with that.

Overall, I gave it 5 out of 5 stars for hurt feelings. It good read that will have you on the verge of tears throughout the book so maybe not read it in public (I almost started crying in a dentist waiting room). The book ends at the right point.

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