|Found your piece on the left side bar and was intrigued by the Title.
Overall impression: I like it but it feels like it is missing something. I love the idea and the way you present it. I enjoy the overall mystery of what happened and the suspense to find out near the end. I also appreciate your use of phrase and the general flow of the piece. These first two lines " Matt pressed his palm against the window pane and let his forehead kiss the glass. Outside, an immaculate shroud of snow enfolded the night-shadowed avenue. ." really drew me into the story. You do a good job, overall, in word choice and structure.
Challenges and suggestions: The biggest challenge I have to the story is the ending. On one hand I love that the reader gets to decide what they believe happened but, as a reader, I like a little more information to write the rest of the story in my head. The main character says he is sorry, even after his wife has killed him. There is very little to give the reader a reason for this. I can come up with many but would like some direction I guess. Did he cheat? Was he dishonest? Or did she just grow to hate him? Was she cheating on him with his friend? and or did she feel she could not get out of the marriage? Why did she have to kill him?
Another piece of this is that the description from the main character suggests they have been married but not for long. I had the sense the husband and wife were still early in their marriage but at the end the wife says she should have killed him long ago. I wonder about giving the reader more sense of the time the marriage has gone on.
After reading it a second time I wonder if she ever loved him or if it is just his impression. There is not enough evidence there for me to truly decide on either. Maybe that is the point, but again, I would like a little more impression to go off of. If you want to make the reader think she did not love him you might give some clues in her description or small inconsistencies in his memories that might suggest her true feelings to the reader in an ironic way. Just some thoughts.
Tone: The tone of the piece is great, no real challenges with it. You stay consistent and I get a foreshadowing from the tone that the main character might be dead, or at least unconscious. I liked that.
Structure and grammar: I did not find very much wrong with these either. Though difficult to do in a story like this you still have a beginning, middle, and end. The challenge I found here was more with word choice.
Examples: "forgiving drifts." might try the yielding drifts or "the malleable drifts" Honestly I cant come up with one I like but somehow "forgiving drifts" while it works, does not want to fit in my minds eye.
Mostly minor things really, some comma mistakes but those are arguable.
General comments: Great work really. It sits funny with me but that could be the nature of the piece itself. I like it and really enjoy your word combinations and imagery. I can see the story unfold within my minds eye. Hope this review helped. Thanks for the opportunity to read and share your insights and delight in your phrases.
Corbin -Boldly Write-