The Silent Wife

by A.S.A. Harrison

Penguin Group (Canada) | June 25, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Silent Wife is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 20.
Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Both are at the mercy of their unrelenting wants and needs, and both are unaware that the path they are on is careening toward murder. 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, oblivious of the destiny they are jointly creating, caught in the thrall of disaster unfolding. Chapter by chapter, the narrative evolves from their alternating perspectives. 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. The alternating voices pitch the reader back and forth between protagonists in conflict who are fighting for self-preservation, both of them making deeply consequential mistakes, behaving in ever more foolhardy ways, losing at the games they’re playing. The Silent Wife is a finely wrought, emotionally charged psychological thriller 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 doesn’t let go.

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Published: June 25, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Group (Canada)

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0143189336

ISBN - 13: 9780143189336

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't expect much This book was disappointing. It was compared to Gone Girl but this book doesn't compare to Gone Girl in any way. The plot line is a "thriller" but when I read the book I wasn't into the story at all. I found it really boring and flat. Even when the "climax" of the story happened I didn't realize it until a few chapters later...hence no "punch" to the story. The characters were really flat and showed very little emotion. The character development just wasn't there, unfortunately neither was the plot either.... I personally wouldn't recommend this book to others, just not exciting enough.
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dissapointed I thought I was going to love this book as the description read so well, great plot idea but very slow, hard to read. I had to force my way through this book. I didn't find it easy to get through, I was very bored and found the last chapter and part two was the only interesting part to the entire book.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read! Very interesting book. I couldn't put it down and read it in two days. Even though it had a dark theme, I found myself captivated until the end. Well worth the read!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Different for sure This was definitely a different book. I had a hard time putting it down but can not really say why. It was not like it was a real nail biter, or thriller as described in some reviews I read. It was an easy book to read. Even the ending was not that big a surprise. So what kept me reading? Don't know. Did I enjoy it? OK sure. Would I recommend it? Just to get someone else's opinion of it.
Date published: 2014-08-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit long. The alternating chapters about Her and Him are a good idea but there is way too much introspective commenting from the subjects and that makes for changing from a good read to a long one.  Surprise ending saves the story but there again the introspective commenting spoils it.  In other words: quit yacking and get on with the story.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Silent Wife - a very appropriate title. I loved this book, from page one to the very end I couldn't put it down. I found myself immersed in the characters and their developing and disintegrating relationship. Well worth the read.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down... There was a fair bit of hype around this book and it did not disappoint.  I enjoyed the character development and the alternating of point of views.  Read it in two days - found it very difficult to put down.   Definitely would recommend it for a quick, fun read despite the dark theme.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed too I liked the alternating chapters....but that was it.  Kept giving it a chance, right till the end, and was disappointed.  I wanted to like it.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay I bought this book because I heard it was really interesting.  I would say it was an average book.  Nothing special about it and definitely not the thriller that they say it is.....it was an average type book.
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overrated I decided to read this book based on several recommendations but was disappointed. The story is so cliché so far (I'm about halfway done) and the writing style is fairly basic. It doesn't help that the characters are boring. I will try to finish this book but I'm already skimming it impatiently.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gripping If I could describe in one word what The Silent Wife is, it would be gripping. This book just takes you in and doesn't let go. I honestly didn't understand as it was still a mystery to me but I did enjoy it. It has this almost psychological thriller-esque to it. I also couldn't put this one down. Not because there was this crazy intense plot, but because their lives are just so downright normal yet not normal all at the same time.  There's a hidden danger to it all and you can tell the moment it turns. That's when things go topsy turvy for our characters.  I didn't particularly like any of the characters because they were completely unrelatable. They were also at a different point in their lives than I am so it could also be that. I also couldn't understand why Jodi would let Todd get away with his womanizing ways. But that's probably why she does something at the very end where she just couldn't take it anymore. Now that's what I call a psychotic thriller.  The writing is wonderful in a way where you get to see a peak at these character's lives. Harrison delivers this beautifully. I enjoyed this book but I just wanted there to have more story lines, a character to root for and probably a twist or two. 
Date published: 2013-12-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not so much... I anticipated this read because of the comparison to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and I was very disappointed. The characters were underdeveloped and the story did not keep me interested. The most interesting part for me was the psychology references and Adlerian Theory, how sad is that.
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not really a thriller The Silent Wife is the debut novel by A.S.A Harrison featuring a protagoniste who kills her ex-husband. That’s not a spoiler; the author tells you that right on the back. I was intrigued by this story because it was described as a psychological thriller similar to that of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I really enjoyed Gone Girl as it was well written and had a twist in it that you really didn’t see coming.  So when Harrison’s book was described to me as “the next Gone Girl” I decided to give it a whirl. That said, I was disappointed.  The book was too wordy and gave off that “trying too hard” feeling.  First of all the book is borderline ruined by telling the reader right from the start that the wife knocks off the husband.  If Harrison had instead set her story against the backdrop of a woman left by a man she had spent 20+ years with only to discover she had no legal rights to his property as she never married him because she was stubborn and independent, it would have been a lot more prudent Second, Harrison takes a lot of time to show that the female in the story, a psychologist named Jodi, thinks very highly of herself, her clothes and her way of life.  She describes Jodi as a seemingly strong and independent woman who has made something of herself.  However, far from that, Jodi is unsympathetic because she holds a high opinion of herself while only working part time and spending the rest of her time fawning over her designer clothes and cooking elaborate meals for her husband – who she knows continually cheats on her.  This may have been the author’s intent, to show Jodi as a shell of what she actually is, but it isn’t done in a way that makes you feel a connection to her. Then there is Todd who is clearly a man having a midlife crisis and who indulges it by sleeping with a much younger girl. Todd is one of those “grass is greener guys” who spends his time wishing the younger girl could be more like his wife. To say this book was a psychological thriller is inaccurate.  To say it was a thriller in any way at all is inaccurate because there was simply nothing thrilling about this story or its characters.  The story built itself up to a climax that you read yourself into, un-thrilled, because you knew what was going to happen once you read the back cover in Chapters.  Harrison tries to throw a twist in at the end but it doesn’t make sense and left me confused. As Joe Montana once said, “There’s no thrill like throwing a touchdown pass.” So if moderate, half-interested confusion is what passes for a “psychological thrill” then I’d rather watch football.
Date published: 2013-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it I was surprised to read so many so-so reviews of this book. I really enjoyed it. It probably suffered from all expectations of being 'this year's Gone Girl' -- not really a fair comparison.  I thought it was compelling and original.
Date published: 2013-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very good book I read this book in a couple of days! I felt it was well written and kept me on my toes. Too bad the author has passed away. I would have loved to have read more of her work.
Date published: 2013-10-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not my thing I was bored throughout the whole book. There was never a moment of shock or awe, I wanted the book to end only so I could stop reading it. I never not finish a book, just in case the ending is worth the read. I was let down with this book.
Date published: 2013-09-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from oh the plodding along I do in the name of reading.... This book just plodded along, describing every detail of the main characters daily lives. There was no build up and no mystery. I again fell for the "comparable to Gone Girl " advertisements. It is nothing like Gone Girl . There isn't really a lot to say about this book. The majority of it was filler text, with nothing really happening until the last quarter of the book (and you still know what is going to happen).
Date published: 2013-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Psychological Thriller Story Description: Penguin|June 25, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-14-318704-2 Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Both are at the mercy of their unrelenting wants and needs, and both are unaware that the path they are on is careening toward murder. 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, oblivious of the destiny they are jointly creating, caught in the thrall of disaster unfolding. Chapter by chapter, the narrative evolves from their alternating perspectives. 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. The alternating voices pitch the reader back and forth between protagonists in conflict who are fighting for self-preservation, both of them making deeply consequential mistakes, behaving in ever more foolhardy ways, losing at the games they’re playing. The Silent Wife is a finely wrought emotionally charged psychological thriller 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 doesn’t let go. My Review: Jodi and Todd, never legally married have been together for about twenty years. Jodi just never felt a piece of signed paper to prove their togetherness as a couple was really warranted. short hours. She makes just enough money to purchase little extras. They live in a beautiful waterfront condo overlooking the water in Chicago and have no children. Their beloved dog, Freud is their happy baby. Lately their relationship has been somewhat strained, and little do they both realize at this moment is that Jodi will soon become the killer and Todd the deceased. Todd is a cheater taking up with his best friend’s twenty-one-year-old daughter, Natasha and gets her pregnant. Jodi “lives and breathes denial.” Todd rents an apartment and moves himself and his pregnant girlfriend in and they start making plans for their wedding which will take place before Natasha begins to show. Oddly enough, Todd still loves Jodi and I firmly believe that given the chance to hop off the merry-go-round he has found himself on, would go back to his quiet, settled life with Jodi. Jodi, however, “likes to settle scores” and doesn’t quite see things in the same light. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is a story about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, “ a couple headed for catastrophe.” A.D.A. Harrison’s writing was strong and varied, pulling you along deeper and deeper into the psychological interplay that was taking place in this relationship. Jodi was a formidable foe in this relationship, appearing on the outside as a strong and well put together woman when really on the inside she was quietly planning the rest of her life. I thoroughly loved the pace of this book. Although you wanted to know what was coming next, at the same time you didn’t want anything rushed. You need to process the little nuances between the lines. A very good book and an absolute delight to read.
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very disappointing! I couldn't wait to start this book especially with its comparison to Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl"; however, I found the story very slow and it wasn't until approximately page 200 that the story picked up. I convinced myself to finish the book but, unfortunately, there was very little enthusiasm!! I cannot recommend this book.
Date published: 2013-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The unravelling of a marriage The Silent Wife marks A.S.A.Harrison's fiction debut. I love psychological thrillers and Harrison has written a doozy. (Don't you love that word!?) Jodi and Todd are one of 'those' couples. Successful, well to do and leading a seemingly perfect life together. Oh, there are a few little bumps, but this is the life Jodi has created and she likes things just so. And yes, Todd wanted children, but over their twenty year relationship, it's been accepted that there won't be any. Well, yes he might cheat once in a while, and Jodi is somewhat aware of it. Todd knows she knows, but it's not spoken of and life goes on. "At forty-five, Jodi still sees herself as a young woman. She does not have her eye on the future but lives very much in the moment, keeping her focus on the everyday. She assumes, without having thought about it, that things will go on indefinitely in their imperfect yet entirely acceptable way. In other words, she is deeply unaware that her life is now peaking, that her youthful resilience - which her twenty-year marriage to Todd Gilbert has been slowly eroding - is approaching a final stage of disintegration, that her notions about who she is and how she ought to conduct herself are far less stable that she supposes, give that a few short months are all it will take to make a killer out of her." That's the second paragraph in the book - and I was hooked. Harrison explores this marriage in alternating chapters - Her and Him. Harrison is a talented wordsmith who skilfully depicts the disintegration of not just a union, but of the individuals as well. Jodi's chapters are eerie and disturbing as she maintains a perfect, cool, calm exterior, keeping to her routines in her spotless home. Just as disturbing is the self centred, pleasure seeking Todd, who can explain away and justify any of his behaviors and actions. It is one of those actions that starts the beginning of the end...... There is no overt gore or violence in The Silent Wife. Rather there is the slow, building journey to a conclusion I couldn't predict. Along the way, we learn more about Jodi and Todd's childhoods.The Silent Wife is a fascinating exploration of both a damaged relationship and its affected inhabitants. I really enjoyed the building tension as the chapters alternate and the layers and the civility are peeled away. Its impossible not to read just one more chapter... Sadly, A.S.A. Harrison passed away earlier this year in Toronto, Canada and did not live to see her book release last month.
Date published: 2013-07-17

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The Silent Wife

by A.S.A. Harrison

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: June 25, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Group (Canada)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143189336

ISBN - 13: 9780143189336

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Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Both are at the mercy of their unrelenting wants and needs, and both are unaware that the path they are on is careening toward murder. 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, oblivious of the destiny they are jointly creating, caught in the thrall of disaster unfolding. Chapter by chapter, the narrative evolves from their alternating perspectives. 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. The alternating voices pitch the reader back and forth between protagonists in conflict who are fighting for self-preservation, both of them making deeply consequential mistakes, behaving in ever more foolhardy ways, losing at the games they’re playing. The Silent Wife is a finely wrought, emotionally charged psychological thriller 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 doesn’t let go.
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