Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Silent Wife: A Novel by A.S.A. Harrison

Publication: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Books

A chilling psychological thriller about a marriage, a way of life, and how far one woman will go to keep what is rightfully hers

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.

 Jodi and Todd have been married for 20 years. They do not have what you might call a typical marriage. They do have great jobs, a gorgeous home, expensive clothes, nice things, friends, etc…By all accounts they appear to be the perfect couple with a great life. But things aren’t always what they seem. Especially in this story.  
Jodi loves the life she has. She knows it is not perfect, but she likes that to others her marriage has the appearance of being perfect. She knows that Todd cheats on her. And as long as he doesn’t embarrass her in public she allows him to continue in his dalliances. But there was something that she did not count on. Todd starting a relationship with a younger woman who just might give him something that Jodi has not.
Todd may be determined to leave his marriage, but Jodi…Jodi is equally if not more so determined to keep him in it. She craves control and she will not be made a fool of. And she sets in motion a plan to ensure that she has her way…
I liked how this story was told from not only Jodi, but Todd’s point of view as well. So I was able to understand where they both were coming from and what their motives were…for the most part.
The Silent Wife is an attention grabbing story filled with plenty of lies, manipulation, and secrets. Not to mention unlikeable/despised characters that frustrated me at times to no end and thankfully I could not relate to them at all. I can honestly say that this book was very entertaining and I was still thinking about it after I finished it.

If suspense/thriller stories with unconventional marriages and deceitful characters are your thing, then this book is right up your alley.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

**I received this book on behalf of Penguin Books in exchange for nothing but my honest opinion. Thank you.**






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  1. Sounds intense and it has me intrigued. Thanks for the review.

  2. I hope you get a chance to check it out Kay.