The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife

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By (author) A S a Harrison

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 326 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 18mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 25 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0143123238
  • ISBN 13: 9780143123231
  • Sales rank: 3,559

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"This summer's "Gone Girl"- I gobbled it down in one sitting." - Anne Lamott, "People" 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.

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A. S. A. Harrison was the author of four books of nonfiction. "The Silent Wife" is her debut novel and she was at work on a new psychological thriller when she died in 2013. She lived with her husband, visual artist John Massey, in Toronto, Canada.

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By Sylvain Johansson 30 Aug 2014 3

There would always be comparisons to the most excellent 'Gone Girl' but really, this is not that kind of book. In Gillian Flynn's book, both characters are never more than a step above loathsome. It is a battle of psyches. Or rather psychos.
The Silent Wife is rather different. It is a story we are more likely to hear in our day to day lives: two people build a life together, only for one to pull the plug.
Having your - expensive - rug pulled from under you can be devastating and it does lead some down a dark path.

The story ambles along nicely, you get two sides of the story and there is enough nuance to not have a black and white good guy / bad guy dynamic. Unfortunately, both characters lean more towards unlikeable. You will not find yourself rooting for husband ór wife. They are too rich and the situation could easily be solved with good lawyers. You may find yourself sighing 'do get over it'.

So, not as twisted as thát other book and not a beach or even sofa-with-a-cuppa book but a few chapters before bed will see you right for a couple of days.

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"A.S.A. Harrison knocks it out of the park with her first novel "The Silent Wife." With a spare, elegant, and deft hand, she paints two dueling psychological portraits of longtime live-in lovers who become putative killer and hapless victim in a tale that no one is likely to forget any time soon. I couldn't put this book down."--Elizabeth George, "New York"" Times "bestselling author of "Believing the Lie" "What a deliciously wicked pleasure "The Silent Wife" was to read. I love books where I can't guess the outcome although I was rooting for Jodi all the way. A very clever, very funny comedy of manners spliced with a domestic thriller."--Kate Atkinson, "New York"" Times "bestselling author of "Life After Life "and "Case Histories" "Beautifully written and deeply unsettling, this darkly funny examination of what happens when you've got nothing left to lose is also brilliantly addictive. It left me almost breathless as I raced towards the devastating finale."--S. J. Watson, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Before I Go to Sleep" "SUPERB... As a novel about the dark side of marriage and relationships, it's better than Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl." A must read for anyone who is occasionally ruthless, reckless or psychologically weird - and anyone who loves clever books with depth and heart."--Sophie Hannah, author of "The Other Woman's House" "Like a tiny crack in the windshield of destiny, "The Silent Wife" examines the ultimate shattering of a perfectly civilized marriage. Intense, hypnotic, and thoroughly absorbing, Harrison challenges her characters to venture beyond their comfort zones, into a world where anything is possible, even murder."--Elizabeth Brundage, author of "A Stranger Like You "and "The Doctor's Wife" "A smart, nuanced portrait of a dying marriage...Harrison breathes life into Adlerian psychology, and weaves theory into a heart-pounding thriller that will keep you up at night."--"PW "(starred review)