The Dead Wife’s Handbook by Hannah Beckerman

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.

It’s hard to believe that this is a debut!¬†The words flow so beautifully throughout the pages, as this incredible story unfolds.¬†Through the words of Hannah Beckerman, you will find yourself caught up in an emotionally charged thought provoking world, of what happens after death!

The idea of watching over your loved ones after you die has always seemed somewhat magical in films but through Rachel, you get to see the heartbreaking side to watching them grieve, miss you and learn to move on.
All at a time when you can’t offer them comfort.
This broke my heart, I could feel the pain that enveloped Rachel when Ellie and Max needed her the most as well as the loss that she felt.
I empathised with so many characters in this book but my emotions became most attached to Rachel, because it was her loss that I felt deeply, for she had lost her family, friends, her life…

But through dark times we look for a light to guide us and Ellie is that light.
The relationships she has with everyone affected by Rachel’s death is inspiring, without realising it, she gives them a reason to carry on,
For me, her relationship with Harriet is particularly special, something more than just the godmother, goddaughter bond.
I found myself so proud of Ellie, the way she copes shows an inner strength, a maturity older than her years.
When we attended her sports day, I wanted to jump into the book and hug her.

My emotions were so in-tune with the characters and the reality of the story, it felt as if I was looking into their lives the same way Rachel was.

I can’t thank Hannah enough for evoking so much emotion and love for a book and it’s characters!

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