HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE
There’s no murder, mayhem, car chases or drug deals in Chapman’s taut suburban noir, but a chilling drama played out in well-planned increments. This powerful debut successfully weaves a tale of deceit that plays with the reader’s mind. The unexpected ending is eerie.
Marta has stopped taking her meds. She fools her husband, who feeds them to her daily, as she disposes of them after he leaves the room. She’s grateful to Hector because he saved her life and married her when all hope was gone. Now she’s confused and questioning her life before him, of which she can remember nothing except what he tells her. She’s lived by the rules in the book How to be a Good Wife for so long, she knows nothing else. Marta begins rebelling against Hector in little ways while the doctrines she’s lived by still run through her head ... and she’s also having disturbing visions that keep her awake at night. (ST. MARTIN’S, Oct., 288 pp., $24.99)