The Dead Wife’s Handbook by Hannah Beckerman

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“Rachel, Max and their daughter Ellie had the perfect life – until the night Rachel’s heart stopped beating”. Now Max and Ellie must try and get on with life without her. But Rachel is caught between both worlds and can only watch on helplessly as they begin to live the life she grieves.

As they try to adapt, Rachel also has trouble letting them go and soon realises that the things that will hurt her the most are the things that she may well have been hoping for.

The Dead Wife’s Handbook is an emotional rollercoaster that had me virtually mesmerised into reading page after page. Hannah Beckerman’s debut novel literally had me in tears from the very first chapter. It’s a story about grief and loss, family and loved ones and the fact that life has to move on but ultimately it’s a story about love.

The characters are loveable and the down to earth fashion in which its written really gets the imagination going and you tend to feel every emotion as you read as it. This is particularly true in the father and daughter scenes. Rachel’s story is heartfelt and real and you can almost feel the loss and genuine pity and sorrow for her character.

All in all – no questions asked – this book gets 5 stars.

Thank you to Hannah Beckerman, Katie Sheldrake and Penguin UK for letting me have advanced reading on this lovely book.

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