My Husband the Stranger by Rebecca Done
What you would do if your husband became another person overnight? A tragic accident. A terrible injury. And in a moment the man you fell in love with, that sweet, caring, charming man, is transformed into a total stranger. One who snarls and one who shouts. And one who doesn't seem to love you very much at all anymore. You swore to love each other in sickness and in health, but how would you cope? What would you do? And would you be strong enough to stay?
What a thought-provoking, evocative story! We expect a certain amount of change throughout our relationships, but this was quietly devastating. The relief at the survival of a loved one is tempered by the knowledge that things will never be the same again.
It is the skill of the author which brings these changes to life, that lets the reader delve into the unthinkable and experience the MC's love, bewilderment, and courage, and being able to see the before and after is heartbreaking. And alongside this, we live through her feelings of entrapment and imprisonment, fuelled by her resentment and anger.
But underneath it all, the story is one of hope and perseverance, and is so bittersweet it almost made me cry.
Expertly written and with beautifully depicted characters, I can't wait for another of this author's novels.
About the Author
Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has written regularly for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph Weekend section, the Mail on Sunday and Woman. She has spent time working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men - an experience that helped inspire My Husband's Wife, her début thriller. 'I love twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the very end! My husband says I'm a nightmare to watch dramas with as I love to work out who did it before the final revelation!' You can find Jane on Twitter at @JaneCorryAuthor and on Facebook at JaneCorryAuthor. Jane runs regular writing workshops and speaks at literary festivals all over the world, including The Women's Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy. Until her recent move to Devon, she was a tutor in creative writing at Oxford University. She is also an associate member of the Royal Literary Fund. Many of Jane's ideas come during her morning dog-jog along the beach followed by a dip in her wetsuit. (She's an all-year-round swimmer provided the sea isn't dangerous.) Jane also loves tennis, walking, reading, yoga, the 'Quiet' train carriage (a great 'office' for writing) and her family. She's still coming to terms with being an empty-nester but makes up for it with lots of long-distance nagging! Jane's second husband was a bachelor family friend who is also Godfather to her children. He makes her laugh every day although they can't agree on how to load the dishwasher!