Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband Bruno and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters into with an ease that surprises even her. Tensions escalate, and her lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there’s no going back.
This book was actually kind of depressing to read. It had a depressing tone to it throughout. And while I am all for reading emotional, heart-wrenching stories, I’m not a fan of just straight-up depressing stories.
I didn’t find the story to be very interesting. I’m not even sure what the point of it was. I mean, really, not much happened throughout the story. I expected what came at the end, so that was no surprise to me. This book was a struggle to get through and I considered putting it down a couple times.
While it was written well, it failed to captivate me. I was pretty bored throughout the book. But it really was written well. If this author can come up with a more interesting and captivating storyline, her books would be great to read.
Best aspect: Writing
Worst aspect: Story