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The Dead Wife's Handbook is the stunning emotional debut from author Hannah Beckerman. '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. Hannah Beckerman gives an unforgettable exploration of love and loss in her first novel, The Dead Wife's Handbook. Praise for The Dead Wife's Handbook: "Beautifully written and full of love". (Fern Britton). "A moving and intriguing debut novel". (Fabulous Magazine). Hannah Beckerman is a former TV and film producer living in London.

The Dead Wife's Handbook is her first novel.

Fiction & Poetry >> Modern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 13/02/2014 ISBN-13: 9780718178147  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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This is the story of the sudden, untimely demise of Rachel from a fatal cardiac arrhythmia, the journey through grief that Rachel and her family must take. This is a unique story with an interesting concept of a beyond the grave "netherworld" from where Rachel is granted "access" to view the family and friends she left behind, and see how they cope with her death and ultimately move on with their lives. Nicely based on the seven stages of grief identified by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross - shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing, acceptance - not only from the perspective of Rachel's family but also, interestingly, from Rachel's perspective as well. It's message is a potentially profound one, but, for me, it fell disappointingly flat. I keenly felt Rachel's abject loneliness being trapped alone in the "whiteness" of the netherworld, and her helplessness bearing witness to new relationships and life she so desperately still wants to be part of, moving on without her; and I liked the overall message of the book - of love being our greatest legacy, but everything in between felt devoid of real feeling and the characters (with the exception of Rachel) lacked any credible or believable substance. It was all a bit too "chick lit" for me - not my cup of tea I'm sorry to say.

- 16/11/2013 Report this Review

an interesting read from a new perspective for me. The book is read through the eyes of Rachel who has died suddenly leaving behind a husband and daughter. It explores their grief at losing her as well as how new relationships form and how Rachel deals with seeing her husband moving on to a new partner. The author very cleverly conveys the grief felt by all parties including Rachel and the husbands mum. A spellbinding story which I couldn't put down!

- 27/10/2013 Report this Review

The Dead Wife’s Handbook Don’t let this title put you off as to be honest at first look I thought that this isn’t a book I would normally read. It is unusual in that Rachel who dies suddenly leaving her husband and young daughter is the person who takes you through the seven stages of her grief and how she has to watch helplessly as she has occasional views of the changing lives of her family, best friend , husband and child and eventual new partner This book is well written an excellent account of grief through the eyes of Rachel a very unusual and poignant account Trapped in a netherworld alone, she struggles with the idea that for the dead to be forgotten is as if they never lived at all. Following her journey through each stage of bereavement the author manages to convey Rachel’s grief of loss and control of everything she held dear. Her description enables you to feel the pain and distress on both sides. The author has a talent for bringing the characters to life and you are kept asking yourself how this will end. Hopefully it will give hope to the bereaved when realisation and acceptance leads to the thought that the dead leave footprints on the hearts of those they leave behind.

- 21/10/2013 Report this Review
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