It’s hard to write about How to Be a Good Wife without revealing too much. Emma Chapman’s debut is about a married woman who just might be crazy. She remembers nothing of her life before meeting her husband who says he rescued her from drowning when she was distraught over the loss of her parents. For years, Marta has taken medication, but she’s stopped now that her grown son has moved away. As a result, Marta thinks she is remembering things from her past, but those memories could also be hallucinations. How to Be a Good Wife has all the makings of a fantastic novel, but Chapman fails to deliver. To delve into how Chapman fails would spoil the ending, but trust that there are a multitude of plot holes and unanswered questions.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Picador.