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The Silent Wife

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will love The Silent Wife "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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Product details

  • Paperback | 326 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 16mm | 227g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0143123238
  • 9780143123231
  • 20,385

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Review Text

"It's this summer's Gone Girl - I gobbled it down in one sitting, and because of the wonderful writing, I did not feel one speck guilty." - Anne Lamott, People Magazine

"Utterly absorbing." -Laura Miller, Salon

"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 anytime soon. I couldn't put this book down." -Elizabeth George, New York Times bestselling author of A Banquet of Consequences

"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

"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 toward 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

"This summer's sleeper hit" - The New York Times

"The Silent Wife is a boning knife of a novel, sharp and quick." - Newsday

"Watch out, Gone Girl." - USA Today

"A.S.A Harrison's The Silent Wife is a clean, understated thriller" - NPR.ORG

"You can't blame the publishers of The Silent Wife for hyping it as 'the new Gone Girl.' It's not. It just might be better." - The Huffington Post

"For those who loved Gone Girl... The Silent Wife is a quick-witted marital pas de deaux featuring a psychotherapist and her philandering husband." - Vogue, "Summer's Best Mystery Reads"

"May be as popular as Gone Girl was last summer." - CBS This Morning, "Best Reads for Your Summer Vacation"

"The surprises keep coming, pager after quiet page... Harrison writes well with a light touch, but her touch is devastating nonetheless." - The Guardian, US Summer Reads pick

"That final revelation from Harrison, who, regrettably, died before she could see her debut novel published, inflicts the stealth damage of an icepick to the carotid artery." - Sarah Weinman, New Republic
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Review quote

"It's this summer's Gone Girl - I gobbled it down in one sitting, and because of the wonderful writing, I did not feel one speck guilty." - Anne Lamott, People Magazine "Utterly absorbing." --Laura Miller, Salon "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 anytime soon. I couldn't put this book down." --Elizabeth George, New York Times bestselling author of A Banquet of Consequences "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 "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 toward 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

"This summer's sleeper hit" - The New York Times "The Silent Wife is a boning knife of a novel, sharp and quick." - Newsday

"Watch out, Gone Girl." - USA Today "A.S.A Harrison's The Silent Wife is a clean, understated thriller" - NPR.ORG "You can't blame the publishers of The Silent Wife for hyping it as 'the new Gone Girl.' It's not. It just might be better." - The Huffington Post

"For those who loved Gone Girl... The Silent Wife is a quick-witted marital pas de deaux featuring a psychotherapist and her philandering husband." - Vogue, "Summer's Best Mystery Reads" "May be as popular as Gone Girl was last summer." - CBS This Morning, "Best Reads for Your Summer Vacation" "The surprises keep coming, pager after quiet page... Harrison writes well with a light touch, but her touch is devastating nonetheless." - The Guardian, US Summer Reads pick "That final revelation from Harrison, who, regrettably, died before she could see her debut novel published, inflicts the stealth damage of an icepick to the carotid artery." - Sarah Weinman, New Republic
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About A S a Harrison

A. S. A. Harrison is 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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Rating details

73,657 ratings
3.29 out of 5 stars
5 11% (8,083)
4 31% (22,662)
3 39% (28,898)
2 15% (11,193)
1 4% (2,821)

Our customer reviews

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.show more
by Sylvain Johansson
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