The Best Way to Bury Your Husband

The Best Way to Bury Your Husband | Alexia Casale

The Best Way to Bury Your Husband is a 5-star read in more ways than one.

First, it’s a hard hitting and emotional insight into the daily experience of domestic abuse and violence, and its impact on families. The author describes, in a foreword, why she has written this book: both to shed light on this issue and to relieve, through humour, some of the painful emotions of working with domestic abuse victims.

The foreward is very moving and, as you read the novel, unforgettable. The story might be far-fetched, but the underlying issues and experiences are all too real. I couldn’t for a moment stop thinking about this as I read, adding a poignancy to even the funniest scenes. And as the story progresses, it offers real insight into some of those questions often raised about domestic abuse, such as how women (in particular) can find themselves in such a situation and how difficult it is to extricate themselves from it.

Which brings me to the second reason for it being a 5-star read. It’s a beautifully written book and a perfectly executed farce, describing the ups and downs of a group of women trying to get rid of the evidence… Wonderfully plotted. It’s set during a Covid lockdown, bringing that period forcefully back to mind.

Thirdly, it’s a 5-star read for being a wonderful portrait of women’s resilience and strength of character, and of the power of female solidarity. I would never want to walk in these women’s shoes but I am in awe of their courage!

Last but not least, it’s genuinely funny! The dialogue is hilarious at times. It also does what really good humour does; it has scenes that are perfectly balanced between humour and pathos (such as when Sally is trying to be sufficiently supportive of her daughter while attempting to conceal a body…).

All and all, there’s a lot to love about The Best Way to Bury Your Husband, from the title to the final page. And I really loved it. It’s already amazing for someone to spend their professional life trying to help domestic abuse victims. To then use that experience to write a brilliant book is just fantastic. I’d give it extra stars if I could. I will definitely keep it on my ‘read again’ shelf.

Thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC. All my reviews are 100% honest and unbiased, regardless of how I acquire the book.

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