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Mrs. March

A Novel

by Virginia Feito

Mrs. March by Virginia Feito X
Mrs. March by Virginia Feito
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  • Publishes in USA 
    Aug 10, 2021
    256 pages
    Genre: Novels

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  • Becky H
    Not for everyone, but great
    The feeling of portending disaster looms from the very first page, The disturbing adjectives and descriptions add to the malevolence. I hated this book and loved it at the same time. The writing is wonderful. The character of Mrs. March spirals out of control splendidly.
    I don’t want to say much more because this book needs to be read without knowing even the basic plot. It is not quite a thriller, not quite a book of psychological horror. It is definitely a book that grabs you and then doesn’t let go until the shocking end. (Yes, I saw it coming, but didn’t want it to happen.)
    Did I “enjoy” reading this book. No, unequivocally. But it was a great book. Would I recommend it to my book group, No! Would I recommend it to a very select group of friends that I know well. Yes!
    5 of 5 stars
  • Linda S. (Cranberry Township, PA)
    Appearances Are Important
    Appearances are everything to the exquisite Mrs. March. Her husband's latest novel has become a much talked about hit, unbeknownst to her. She ultimately learns the novel's protagonist could have been based on herself…. and the main character is (in hushed tones) a whore. She slowly comes undone, which is not difficult for a woman who is her own worst enemy. She lives with high expectations as the elegant victim, ever hopeful in a pitiful way. Her subconscious mind is a formidable thing. Mrs. March's unsettling humiliation overpowers her with paranoia. Poor Mrs. March.
  • Carole C. (Willow Street, PA)
    Another Mrs. March
    Usually, "psychological thriller" is not my genre of choice. Often plots are too contrived for this reader to suspend disbelief, or the author seems more manipulator than novelist. Virginia Feito is guilty of neither in Mrs. March. From the opening chapter with vivid descriptions of the fur-coated, mint green kidskin-gloved Mrs. March and the question that will haunt her through the book -- Did her husband George base the main character in his latest best-selling book on her? -- I was drawn in.

    As the reader is pulled into the eddy of Mrs. March's mind and swirls downward with her insecurities, suspicions, and delusions, the questions multiply and the facts blur. The book begins and ends with preparations for March dinner parties, but nothing quite prepared me for the latter. There should be no spoilers in a review of this book, and I comply. However, a quote from the book itself will describe the final spirals: "Something so ugly described so beautifully. To trap you, surely, to trap you into reading and slowly seduce you into agreeing with this deplorable portrait."

    This book will, I believe, be a hit with fans of thrillers and with book clubs. I can't wait to discuss Mrs. March with some friends -- perhaps with a glass of red wine and a slice of black olive bread.
  • Vicki H. (Greenwood Village, CO)
    Mrs March, We're Worried!
    This dark psychological study puts the reader wrongfooted early on — something's 'off,' isn't it? — and pronto, we're strapped in for a Hitchcockian scare-ride of paranoia, hallucination, and a wee bit of kleptomania.

    Mrs March (what happened in your dark childhood, dear?) is all about that M-R-S. That title and all it means gets a slap upside the head as the book begins.

    Once that the pedestal she's built for herself is jostled, Mrs March wobbles wider and wider until the inevitable spectacular crash. (Inevitable, yet I didn't see it coming. The ending packs a surprising wallop.)

    I loved the dark paranoia, the invitation into 80s NYC, the hint of The Yellow Wallpaper, the walls-closing-in feel. It's such a fascinating page turner, no wonder the movie's already planned
  • Donna W.
    Mrs, March
    This was a great book from the very first page to the last! The writing was extremely descriptive and I could picture Mrs. March in each scene as I read.

    I went through so many emotions as I read and the character was so intriguing that I was carried along at a fast and increasingly suspenseful pace. I found my opinion of her changing back and forth as I read.

    I couldn't put the book down, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fast paced thriller. A really delightful book!
  • Connie L. (Bartlesville, OK)
    Quirky and Quaint
    Mrs. March is one quirky character, and you are solely reading her thoughts for the entire novel. To say that she is insecure and obsessive is quite the understatement. I was intrigued by Mrs. March's quaint voice and her interpretations of the events unfolding in her life. Gradually I began to have doubts that she was a reliable narrator.
    This is a strange and intriguing story, and although I found it interesting and well-written, it dragged a bit in the middle. I found myself becoming increasingly annoyed by Mrs. March,and also feeling eternally grateful that she was neither a real person nor someone in my life. The ending took quite a turn. It was surprising and shocking.
  • Sandy P. (Chandler, AZ)
    Olive Bread, Please
    The cracks in the life of proper and elegant Mrs. March, who must have
    fresh olive bread set on her table, become wider as her story unfolds. A seemingly perfect life starts to crumble with visions of things that aren't there, faces that change to be someone else, paranoia over her husband's activities and odd phone calls. The pressure of perfection as a housewife to a famous husband combined with a dysfunctional childhood builds to a tension filled and shocking ending. I related to the strong characters and the themes presented; and quickly became caught up in the story. Reccommended!
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