How to Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

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Set within an insular, Scandinavian community, we are introduced to Marta and Hector, husband and wife who follow the well-trodden path of many shared years together. Hector, heading towards retirement, and Marta, twenty years younger and coming to terms with her adult son, Kylan leaving home.

The writing creates a fantastically menacing air, and alongside the troubling thoughts of Marta, the reader finds themselves devouring a dark and at times peculiar tale.

I read this book in one sitting and enjoyed the slow reveal of Marta’s story. Fragments are pieced together to form a narrative that has two possible realities running side by side. Once I’d finished I was left wondering about the characters and where they slotted into the true story.

A book which will have you guessing, questioning and wanting to talk about it once you reach the end – I quite fancy giving this a second reading to see if I can now spot hints I may have missed the first time!

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