The Headmaster’s Wife, Thomas Christopher Greene

The Headmaster’s Wife opening line: He arrives at the park by walking down Central Park West and then entering through the opening at West Seventy-seventh Street.

"The Headmaster's Wife"
The Headmaster’s Wife

I want to be kind and generous about this book as it was written when the author was experiencing something sad and tragic, but I cannot. It was written in two different moments in the author’s life, and this is clearly evident by the two halves of the book. The first is written as if we are listening to Arthur Winthrop live his life as an adult, a headmaster of a private school, having an affair with a teenage pupil. The second is the reality – the “pupil” is his wife and the breakdown in his mental state is due to the death of their child. Death of a child is a tragic and one wants to sympathise with Arthur, but his whole mental breakdown comes across in this novel as something sordid.

The book is neither well written or worth reading in my opinion. But then I must note that it is labelled as a dark novel, and this is a genre I have no time for given my past review. I persevered with the book and I will note with interest what Dave chooses to do when it is his turn to read it.

First published in the United States of America by Thomas Dunne Books in 2014

ISBN number 978-1-78239-171-5

Paperback – 273 pages

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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15 thoughts on “The Headmaster’s Wife, Thomas Christopher Greene

  1. Dang, what a shame. Ill cross this one of the holiday reading list, thanks for sharing your thoughts Tandy. Really appreciate honest book reviews, nothing worse than settling in, only to find it stinks.

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    1. Especially if a review is good!

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  2. Love your honesty!

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    1. thanks Tammy 🙂

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  3. Thank you for an honest critique 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. My pleasure Uru 🙂

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  4. Thanks for the honest review. I will leave this one off the list for my book club.

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    1. Not worth reading at all imo!

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  5. Oh what a shame but thanks for being honest with your review 😀
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    1. I am always grateful to get the books to read 🙂

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  6. Aww, Tandy. Reviews require honesty. From this posting, it appears you have been truly honest. Thanks for sharing!

    Julie
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    1. my pleasure Julie 🙂

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  7. Just saw what I wrote – meant really not into dark novels!

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  8. I will wait and see what Dave says – like you I am really into dark novels, but do occasionally try to read outside of my usual crime, medical crime and the like.

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    1. Dave also not that keen on the book Rachel 🙂

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