Title: The Silent Wife
Author: A.S.A Harrison
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Mystery; Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback; 326 pages
Source: Received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review (all opinions are my own)
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
Intriguing and expertly written, The Silent Wife is definitely one of my favourite reads of the year. It’s really unfortunate that author A.S.A Harrison passed away before the had the opportunity to write another novel. I’d love to read another novel written by her. Although this novel has received a lot of criticism for not being a psychological thriller (since that is how it is marketed) it is still a great read.
The Silent Wife flips between Jodi’s perspective and Todd’s perspective so that you know what both of them are doing and what they are feeling. I always find that novels that are written this way help to complete the story since you can get a sense of what both characters are thinking and feeling. I really felt a connection to Jodi and Todd and felt really bad for Jodi as the novel progressed. I related to both characters quite a bit. In fact, while I started reading the novel I texted my husband and said “OMG This author has written about our lives!”. Although I am not exactly like Jodi (I am VERY vocal), I do enjoy taking care of my husband, especially through food (must be the Ukrainian in me!). My husband just reminded me of Todd with some of the things he said and the fact that he enjoyed driving (plus a few other little things). Let’s just hope things don’t end the same way with my marriage! 😉
I found it really interesting how the past (Todd and Jodi’s childhoods) played a significant role in how they acted in the future. Todd seemed to share more of his past with Jodi, while Jodi had to go to Gerard the psychiatrist in order to delve into her childhood. Jodi needed to do exactly as she had done in her childhood in her adult life, while Todd seemed to want to avoid being like his father when he was older.
This novel was very well written and has a great plot. It was a joy to read. It definitely will get a re-read some time in the future.