Reviewed by Leanne Weymans
From the time the police ask ‘Why don’t you tell us what happened?’ in the first pages of The Headmaster’s Wife, until the final chapter, author Thomas Christopher Green has the reader hooked in an intriguing tale of Arthur Winthrop and his wife, Elizabeth. Arthur is the headmaster of Lancaster, an elite prep school, where he and Elizabeth reside on the school grounds. They take dinner with the students and other members of the faculty and occupy a privileged position within the school community. It is a shock to all then when Arthur is discovered walking naked through Central Park. The reader is then privy to Arthur’s explanation when he is interviewed by police and reveals the circumstances that led to this watershed moment. As Greene unfolds this tale he employs literary devices of structure, narration and characterisation to explore notions of love loss and grief, resulting in a compelling and unsettling tale.