“My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward” by Mark Lukach

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NOTE: This is not a book review; these are just my thoughts–which may wander.

This book’s rating is 4.08 of 5 stars on Goodreads, so I guess people really liked it. I gave it a 3. It was just okay.

While the author is a great storyteller/narrator, what really killed it for me is that so much of the story is unbelievable. Anyone who’s ever been in a psych ward would know that.

At one point Lukach describes how he and other family visitors were allowed to hang out in the wife’s hospital room during a holiday. Are you kidding me? That would never be allowed in real life.

In a real psych ward, visitors are welcome to hang out in the visiting room with the patient; nowhere else. They enforce that rule. But in all the time I’ve spent in psych wards, I’ve never seen anyone try to break it.

Who’s “they,” you might be wondering. “They” are nurses and mental health workers. The latter are, in my experience, mostly male, strong, and probably worked security in the past. But that’s just a guess.

Anyway, there were many other unbelievable scenes in the book, none of which I remember of course, thanks to ECT. Well, and it’s been a few months since I read it; I’m only now writing down my thoughts.


Have you read My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward? What are your thoughts?

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I hold an MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University. I'm a fiction writer, blogger, wife, pet mom, and Ohio State Buckeye!

11 thoughts on ““My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward” by Mark Lukach

    1. I do wish that I remembered more. One thing I don’t think I mentioned is how the author made the patients seem like scary figures while he painted his wife as a victim.

      1. He might have seen his wife as a victim but the other patients are as well. I’ve worked in psyche wards and they’re not my favorite place to be, there’s a lot of despair and it seems like the staff are ill equipped to deal with it.

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