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The Headmaster's Wife

By Thomas Christopher Greene

The Headmaster's Wife
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2014,
    288 pages.

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Malinda N. (Wheeling, WV) (12/17/13)

The Headmaster's Wife
I really wanted to give it a 4.5 rating. This is a book with an unique plot which makes it a compelling read. It doesn't take one too long to realize the specific twists that is center to the story but the book continues to hold the reader's attention until the end. It is hard not to sympathize with all the characters and there suffering. I felt a bit let down by the ending but not because it was poorly written but because it seemed sad for all (at least for me).
Jill S. (Chicago, IL) (12/12/13)

Never felt immersed
I tend to gravitate to novels with college settings and this one sounded remarkable: combining a psychological mystery with a close look at a family and events spiraling out of control. However, I found the prose to be somewhat self-conscious and serviceable. I never felt immersed in the story and certain plot twists seemed implausible. Didn't quite make it for me.
Beverly R. (Fullerton, CA) (12/11/13)

the Headmaster's Wife
An intriguing plot structure takes the reader into the mind of Arthur, the Headmaster and of his wife. The characterization of these two is so well done we feel what they do. I recommend this book highly.
Molly K. (San Jose, CA) (12/11/13)

The Headmasters' Lives
I was captured on the first page. Police inquiries, illicit romance, set-ups, tragedy, and a reunion of past love.

The writing is exquisite. The story, though, is often disturbing and the time shifts without warning. The ending is much too tidy and not very satisfying.

Still, I might look into the author's previous books.
Bonnie B. (Port St. Lucie, FL) (12/09/13)

The Headmaster's Wife
This is a beautifully written book. Thomas Christopher Greene has a way with words that hooked me in from the beginning. However, the plot ended up being less compelling than the writing style.

The novel starts off with Arthur Winthrop found wandering naked in Central Park. The police pick him up and he begins to tell the story of his obsession with Betsy Pappas. Arthur is the Headmaster of the Lancaster School, a very prestigious boarding school in Vermont. He becomes obsessed with a transfer student named Betsy and is willing to risk his career on their relationship. It becomes clear, however, that Arthur is not in his right mind and as his story becomes more implausible, the real story unfurls.

I found the denouement not as believable as I would have liked but I loved reading this book. Greene is an author that I have added to my radar.
Margaret M. (Venice, FL) (12/07/13)

the headmasters wife
This is a quick well-written read. the plot keeps your attention and does not reveal the conclusion until the end. There are twists and turns in the story.

I am the wife of a headmaster and so of course was immediately drawn to the title. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and think it would interest men as well as women. A good read!
Nancy L. (Denver, NC) (12/04/13)

The Headmaster's Wife
I did not like this book at all. The characters were not realistic and the premise of the book was confusing. Right in the middle of the book, everything changed with no warning and made the premise hard to believe. Sorry.
Jan Z. (Jefferson, SD) (12/04/13)

Headmaster's Wife
Was this a love story? A coming of "old age" novel? A story about the results of grief unshared? I felt like it could have been a good story about any of these topics but that the author couldn't really decide which one of them to handle well, so he handled them all somewhat poorly.
The way the story was written in two very different parts was interesting and done well. The clues given in the first part which indicated all was not as it seemed kept me reading into the second part. Without those intriguing morsels I probably wouldn't have continued with the book.
The second half was predictable, the timeline was somewhat unclear at times, and the characters were predictable and trite - an affair with a "queasy" tennis pro, a suicide attempt, an introduction to a rebellious teenager son who later died in the war, and the ending was all too easy…
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