This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Playing off the old TV show's MO, Evison moves us through Harriet's life by jumping from present day to Harriet Age 9, or Harriet Age 32, etc. with occasional glimpses of her recently departed Bernard in... where ever Bernard is. He's still hanging around, leaving Harriet looking slightly dotty because she speaks to him (of course, like any self-respecting ghost, he only appears to her not others). Why is he there? What mistakes did he make, or did she make, or did they make, to have their marriage and children turn out the way they do? All is revealed in this flashback-flashforward fashion. Unfortunately, despite the narrative style, the actual story isn't that interesting or different (by page 50 I'd guessed the Big Secrets, so I flipped to the back and, well, I was right).
ARC provided by publisher.