The Headmaster's Wife

The Headmaster’s Wife – a book review

disclosure:  we were sent this book in exchange for an honest review

When I was recovering from the flu recently I took some time out and stayed in bed reading a new book.  The Headmaster’s Wife is written by Thomas Christopher Greene and was published through Corvus in May this year.

The Headmaster's Wife

The Headmaster’s Wife tells a story from two perspectives – firstly the Headmaster and then his wife’s.  There’s a great twist to the tale and I found this book really easy to read. In fact, I finished it in a couple of sittings.  It’s very well written and takes you on one journey and then slam, everything you have believed to be true is something altogether different.  I really enjoyed the twists.

Arthur Winthrop and his wife are dealing with grief but not really dealing with it together. Through the first half of the book, I found it really hard to have any sympathy with Arthur, the Headmaster of an exclusive school in Vermont.  But then you suddenly realise that actually this man is grieving and he isn’t what Greene’s led you to believe at all.

The Headmaster’s Wife is thought-provoking, it deals with infatuation, love, privilege and power but everything is masked in tragic loss.  This book is a great thriller, but it’s lightweight – it is really easy to read and full of surprises.

As always, I’m not going to tell you what happens, but I can certainly recommend it.  I really enjoyed reading The Headmaster’s Wife and will be looking out for this author in future.


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