Thursday, 13 February 2014

Guest Book Review: Hannah Beckerman - The Dead Wife's Handbook

Reviewed by Lisa Hemmings

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.

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I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book to review from Real Readers, and I am so glad that I did. I was unsure on how to describe this book but someone else found the words for me, Fern Britton said this book was “beautifully written and full of love”. I am unable to find a better way to sum up this really accomplished debut. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. 

Narrated by Rachel, who tragically passes away at the age of 36 leaving behind a husband and daughter. We are privileged to read the life she has lost as she dips in and out of the lives of the loved ones she's left behind. The book is set out in the various stages of grief, making it page turning and addictive. 

I loved the concept and being able to following the seven stages of grief. The characters are loveable and you soon feel like you are part of the family, seeing life through Rachel, Max and Ellie's eyes. 

Rush out and buy this book today, I can't recommend it enough. 

I'd like to thank Lisa for reviewing this one for me from her own copy of the book.  


  1. Thank you Sharon, for allowing me to read this, I loved, loved, loved it. Lisa Hemmings x

  2. An amazing book and a great concept :)