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Hannah Beckerman is a former TV and film producer living in London. The Dead Wife's Handbook is her first novel
A special and beautiful book to fall completely and irretrievably in love with. Audrey can not understand why her two daughters are estranged, or why her granddaughters have never met. She is determined to reunite her family, however at the heart of the problem is a secret that has been kept for 30 years. Either Audrey, Jess, or Lily head each chapter and while travelling forward over several months, they also revisit the past. Hannah Beckerman allows secrets to hover, creating an energy that weaves through the story, suggesting, cajoling, calling to past events. The different view points collide and sometimes splinter, which left my thoughts testing and questioning possibilities. I found such strength and beauty in the characters, I think they will remain with me for some time. If Only I Could Tell You, is a heartbreaking, truly fabulous read, you may well sob, but believe me, it is worth it!
February 2014 Debut of the Month. At the age of 36 Rachel suffers a fatal aneurism leaving her husband, Max, and 6-year old daughter, Ellie, to reshape their lives. The narrative is told through the eyes of dead Rachel above the clouds. She can’t change anything, just watch over the course of two years. She watches the grieving and feels their pain, the mending and feels jealousy, fearful and resentful, but slowly things change for all involved. This is a love story from an interesting perspective. I think we all have feelings of insecurity about how others would cope or change without us. Here those anxieties are very well handled. A lovely read.