Review: A Better Man by Leah McLaren
There has been so much in the press recently about calculating husband’s misleading courts about their assets in divorce courts in the UK. Leah McLaren’s second novel, A Better Man is a searing insight into one modern marriage where the husband coolly and coldly calculates that by improving his behaviour his wife will be likely to receive less in a divorce settlement.
Not sure if McLaren realised how prescient this novel would be, but great timing. Nick is a bored, dissatisfied schemer who has everything on paper but is as shallow as water dripping onto their smart kitchen work surface. Maya, his wife is an obsessive nurturing mother who is isolated after leaving her role as a family lawyer to concentrate on bringing up their children. Her skills as a lawyer come in handy when she finds out Nick’s improved behaviour is part of a strategy to leverage as much money from the divorce as possible.
This an incisive, well-written novel dissecting a modern marriage. Told mainly from Nick’s perspective the novel illustrates how you can have all the money in the world but it ain’t necessarily going to make you happy or satisfied.
A Better Man by Leah McLaren is available to buy online and at all good bookshops RRP £7.99
This novel was reviewed as part of the BritMums Book Club. All views are my own.