The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 124.46 x 187.96 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • English
  • Prebound edition
  • Bound for Schools & Libraries ed.
  • 0606324356
  • 9780606324359
  • 1,481,641

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"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"
"If you're suffering from Gone Girl withdrawal, here's your fix." - "Real Simple "
"The secret of this novel's spell lies not in ingenious twists but in its meticulous plausibility. You probably know -- and may even be -- someone very much like Todd or Jodi, which makes their relentless tick-tock toward doom all the more riveting." -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 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"
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About A S a Harrison

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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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

Silent but deadly The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison was her debut novel and unfortunately her last as she died in 2013 in which she has left an incredible psychological thriller. This is no ordinary thriller either where we see the perpetrator and the detectives for them. This is far darker, far deeper inside the mind and is so engrossing it is tempting to rush through the book. I do not know how Harrison has done it but she has reached inside the mind to those dark deep well hidden depths we all have and brings it all out for the reader. This story is that Jodi Brett who has lived with Todd Gilbert for over twenty years, she is a psychologist and her common law husband is a property developer, knows all about his faults and has accepted them. She understands that he is a lothario as long as he does not bring it to her doorstep over the years he has had numerous affairs and always come home. She lives the denial as if in a parallel universe but always settle the score with him. We see Todd fall in lust with a younger lover, a student whom he gets pregnant and she becomes more demanding wanting changes in his life. He leaves Jodi and starts eviction proceedings against her from the place she calls home and cuts off her money. Really he is a lover not a fighter and Natasha his young love has to push him all the way. What makes this book so brilliant as a thriller is that we see it through the eyes of Jodi and Todd in alternating voices we see how they live and feel to them attempting to move on. We have the voice of killer and victim which brings quite a lot of sympathy for Jodi as the wronged woman. There are plenty of twists and turns and we are with Jodi are killer all the way through, and that is no spoiler as it tells you on the cover! How things actually work out is something well worth reading, very enjoyable and consuming at the same time dark and treacherous which ticks all the thriller boxes. I cannot recommend The Silent Wife highly more
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