The Silent Wife: The gripping bestselling novel of betrayal, revenge and murder...

The Silent Wife: The gripping bestselling novel of betrayal, revenge and murder...

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The Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

'The slow, murderous disintegration of a marriage is all too believable... As the novel advances into treacherous territory, Harrison's elegant, incisive prose gets dirtier, more dangerous' Observer

Fans of Into the Water and The Couple Next Door will love The Silent Wife.

Having nothing left to lose changes everything.

Todd and Jodie have been together for more than twenty years. They are both aware their world is in crisis, though neither is willing to admit it.

Todd is living a dual existence, while Jodie is living in denial. But she also likes to settle scores. When it becomes clear their affluent Chicago lifestyle could disintegrate at any moment, Jodie knows everything is at stake. It's only now she will discover just how much she's truly capable of...

Shocking and compelling in equal measure, THE SILENT WIFE is a chilling portrayal of two people in turmoil and the lengths they will go to in order to protect themselves.

'One of those books you hate to put down... Devastating... Profoundly disquieting' Guardian

'Dark as hell and totally engrossing' Daily Mail

'Fans of Gone Girl will love it' Sunday Mirror
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 197 x 26mm | 275g
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 9780755399864
  • 36,404

Review Text

This perfectly pitched debut offers sharp insights into the grievances that accumulate over a long relationship, and the lengths to which a woman will go when her world collapses SUNDAY TIMES
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This perfectly pitched debut offers sharp insights into the grievances that accumulate over a long relationship, and the lengths to which a woman will go when her world collapses * SUNDAY TIMES * Sharp, witty, dark as hell and totally engrossing... A worthy rival to Gone Girl in its psychological complexity and accomplishment * DAILY MAIL * This will be the book everyone will be talking about by the end of summer, it will be the number one choice for book clubs and well-thumbed copies will be passed between friends and work colleagues with glowing recommendation... The term "must-read" is often bandied around and not always deservedly. The Silent Wife justifies the plaudit without question * SUNDAY EXPRESS * The slow, murderous disintegration of a marriage is all too believable in A.S.A. Harrison's first - and final - novel... As the novel advances into treacherous territory, Harrison's elegant, incisive prose gets dirtier, more dangerous * OBSERVER * The Silent Wife attracted much political publicity, but its author died a few weeks ago... The hype was largely justified. It is inevitably being compared with last year's mega-hit, Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl... The Silent Wife is psychologically more interesting * THE TIMES * The Silent Wife is one of those books you hate to put down. Harrison writes well with a light touch, but her touch is devastating nonetheless... Profoundly disquieting * GUARDIAN.CO.UK * After Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, novels about toxic marriages are suddenly in vogue. The Silent Wife is the classiest of the bunch... A smart psychological chiller * MAIL ON SUNDAY * A hit... and you can see why * THE SUN * Beautifully written and superbly paced, not to mention full of ingenious twists. Fans of Gone Girl will love it * SUNDAY MIRROR * SUPERB... As a novel about the dark side of marriage and relationships, it's better than Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl -- SOPHIE HANNAH This summer's blockbuster novel * DAILY TELEGRAPH * Sharp, psychological and intricate, if you've ever wondered just how far you'd go if you had nothing left to lose, this will make you do a double-take * HARPER'S BAZAAR ONLINE * Utterly believable, complex, and compelling -- JOJO MOYES 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 A deliciously wicked pleasure... A very clever, very funny comedy of manners spliced with a domestic thriller -- KATE ATKINSON A terrific debut novel * VAL MCDERMID * This is an utterly compelling story, gorgeously written and with so many shocks and surprises... I raced through it. My highest recommendation -- TESS GERRITSEN The characterization is exceptionally well done, the writing stylish and mature... this is a very accomplished psychological thriller -- S.J. BOLTON Reminiscent of Gone Girl in that it's written in the alternating voices of the couple, it's every bit as addictive. You'll be thinking about it for months to come -- If you enjoyed Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, you'll love this unsettling psychological thriller * SUN ON SUNDAY * A gripping psychological thriller * DAILY EXPRESS *
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About A.S.A. Harrison

A.S.A. Harrison published four non-fiction books before writing her first novel, THE SILENT WIFE. Rave early reviews for the novel quickly suggested that it would become a success, but very sadly Harrison died shortly before publication. THE SILENT WIFE became a long-running bestseller in the author's native Canada, in the UK, the USA and around the world.
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Rating details

107,618 ratings
3.32 out of 5 stars
5 13% (13,806)
4 30% (32,397)
3 38% (40,705)
2 15% (16,067)
1 4% (4,643)

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I love a good book that keeps you interested and reading constantly in a rush to the end, this is not that book. The Silent Wife is 326 pages of "why am I still reading this". The "twist" is predictable, boring, silly. The Silent Wife is about a married couple who grow apart, she is committed to her work, he is committed to his affair. If you want to read this book, don't read the blurb. Whoever wrote the blurb deserves a good slap across the face. That sounds like a silly thing to say, but why? Because it gives away the ending. When I read the blurb, I thought "okay... maybe it will have a really interesting build up, I'll read it anyway". By all means, read this book. But you will not be reading a suspenseful psychological thriller, nor a work of literary genius. The storyline is basic, the characters a drab. The wife who has grown apart from her husband decides to plot to murder him because he wanted to be with someone else (yes, he goes the wrong way about it, but the wife just decides "oh, he's cheating on me, better kill him"). Actually, save yourself the trouble. Don't read this bookshow more
by Jessica Panzarino
Todd and Jodi have been married for years, despite their different personalities and views on life. Anyone looking at them from the outside would envy their life together with seemingly everything going for them. But all is not as it seems on the surface and soon the unspoken reality of their marriage will fester and tear them apart. How will Jodi react when the truth she has been pushing away can no longer be ignored? I always have a problem when one book is compared to a previous huge success, or when the cover plaudits from other authors seem too good to be true. In this case The Silent Wife is compared to the 2013 sensation Gone Girl, and authors and newspapers alike line up to say that ASA Harrison�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢s novel is the best thing since sliced bread. With all that hype going on I always feel I�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢m in for a disappointment, and that was definitely the case with The Silent Wife. The only real comparison I can see with Gone Girl is that both books deal with a marriage at the end of its tether. The Silent Wife is a subtler novel which deals more with the protagonists�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢ inner lives than with their actions. The problem that I had with it was that I didn�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t like either Todd or Jodi and I didn�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t dislike them either �???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?? I couldn�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t really summon up any feelings either way other than impatience over all the unexpressed angst and First World problems going on. Both of them carry out their respective roles �???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?? Jodi is buttoned-down and likes everything in order, Todd is all over the place and can�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t seem to control himself or anything around him. Something will inevitably have to give When it did give I can�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t say that I was particularly bothered and was, in fact, quite pleased as it meant the end of the book was near. When I did finish I can�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t say that the novel made any impression on me and a few days on I couldn�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t remember much about it at all. Had The Silent Wife not been hyped so much on the cover I don�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢t think I would have enjoyed it any more as its problems are internal rather than external, but perhaps my disappointment might not have been so more
by CuteBadger
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