The Pocket Wife: A Novel

Paperback | December 22, 2015

bySusan Crawford

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A stylish psychological thriller with the compelling intrigue of The Silent Wife and Turn of Mind and the white-knuckle pacing of Before I Go to Sleep—in which a woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend.

Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor Celia is brutally murdered. To Dana’s horror, she was the last person to see Celia alive. Suffering from mania, the result of her bipolar disorder, she has troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia’s death.

Her husband’s odd behavior and the probing of Detective Jack Moss create further complications as she searches for answers. The closer she comes to piecing together the shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her . . . or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again?

A story of marriage, murder, and madness, The Pocket Wife explores the world through the foggy lens of a woman on the edge.

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A stylish psychological thriller with the compelling intrigue of The Silent Wife and Turn of Mind and the white-knuckle pacing of Before I Go to Sleep—in which a woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend.Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor Celia is brutally murdered. To Dana’s horror, she wa...

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It isn’t the big things Peter does that make Dana want to leave him; it’s more the smaller things, like sticking her inside his pocket in the middle of a thought—these demeaning, shrinking things he does that make her feel as trivial as a sneeze.” Dana Catrell leads a quiet life in a suburb a stone’s throw from Manhattan. She spends he...

Susan Crawford grew up in Miami, Florida, and graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in English and a minor in psychology. She later moved to New York City and then Boston before settling in Atlanta to raise three daughters and work in the field of adult education. A member of the Atlanta Writers Club and the Village Writers,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:December 22, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062362860

ISBN - 13:9780062362865

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book! I started this book last week and for various reasons didn't pick it up again until today. I finished it today because I couldn't stop reading! I loved the absolute lack of reliability in Dana's account of the murder of her friend and neighbor. Even Dana has no idea if she murdered Celia or not. I honestly had no idea of how it would end, which is what I like most in a mystery/thriller. The only thing, and it's a small one, that I didn't like about this book was the way time moved. I felt like I never knew if something was happening hours or days or weeks after the last thing that happened. It made the book a bit disjointed for me. Other than that, a great read.
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An unreliable narrator.... Here's another great read for those who love psychological fiction - The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford. Dana's neighbour Celia has been found murdered - and Dana was apparently the last person to see her. Apparently - because Dana can't remember much of their visit. Sure, they were drinking, but.... But, Dana is also bi-polar and off her meds. And she's scared - because what if she's the one who killed Celia? But her husband is acting oddly as well. And so is Celia's husband. What about the nosy neighbour? Oh yes, we have got ourselves a wonderfully unreliable narrator! Which of Dana's memories are the truth? What is imagined? Who is the actual murderer? Crawford captures Dana's fractured thinking extremely well. I love this type of narrator - there is no way to predict which way the story is going to go. I enjoy watching for subtle clues in behavior or dialogue that would perhaps point the way to the truth. Celia's death is at the heart of the novel, but Crawford also explores a marriage in trouble, mental illness and familial relationships in The Pocket Wife - all to great effect. Detective Jack Moss is investigating Celia's death, but he has a rich personal storyline of his own and his own narrative, rife with doubts as well. But I have no doubt you're going to enjoy The Pocket Wife. Definitely recommended. I'll be watching for the next book from this author!
Date published: 2015-04-01

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“Great premise, and characters, and a wonderfully evocative setting, heavy with heat and suburban boredom, and the uneasy threat of not quite knowing what is going on. Really great.”