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The Silent Wife

A Novel

Harrison, A. S. A.

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Silent Wife
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Todd Gilbert and Jodie Brett are in a bad place in their relationship. They've been together for twenty-eight years, and with no children to worry about there has been little to disrupt their affluent Chicago lifestyle. But there has also been little to hold it together, and beneath the surface lie ever-widening cracks. When it becomes clear that their precarious world could disintegrate at any moment, Jodie knows she stands to lose everything. It's only now she will discover just how much she's truly capable of.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2013.
ISBN: 0143123238
9780143123231
Characteristics: 326 pages ;,20 cm

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Nov 09, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You've probably all heard the 'Gone Girl' comparisons. They aren't entirely inaccurate but they aren't fully accurate either. If you liked Gone Girl in the aspects of a novel that will not leave you alone, that you need to finish for good or ill, and stars two unsympathetic and unlikable narrators. If it is necessary to you that you like the protagonists, you will not enjoy this. If that doesn't matter, come on in - the water's fine.

The story tells right away how it is going to end so it's all a matter of how it all gets to that point. There's also plenty of past musings about how Jodi and Todd became the people that they are and it's done in a way that it doesn't detract from the main narrative. The book also switches, chapter by chapter, between Jodi and Todd's point of view. I appreciate the understanding of both sides but, quite frankly, you want to strangle both of them for their actions or inactions. Todd is your classic cheater. Jodi is your classic silent partner who doesn't openly object as long as their life remains unchanged. Todd's latest affair rocks the routine and you do not mess with Jodi's routine.

That being said it's a story you're going to want to read right through to the bitter end. Even knowing that it's not going to end well and knowing up front what's going to happen. As long as you're okay with not making friends with your main characters, you'll be in for quite the character study here.

Sep 07, 2014
  • bronteside rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely loved this book. Haven't enjoyed such a good read since claire Messud's ,The Woman Upstairs.
Dark, but funny, well written,it turns revenge on it's head.
So sad A.S.A. Harrison cannot enjoy the stream of praise continuing to come her way: sadder for the reader at such a giant literary loss.

Sep 01, 2014
  • trincm rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An ok read, does really get into what marriage can really be like. Did finish it in two days curiously enough. Ending was different but plausible I guess. Would recommend as a good read.

Aug 21, 2014
  • pam2014 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Silence is Golden

Want to pick this book up in the Kirkland library

Aug 12, 2014
  • vitareader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The silent wife by A.S.A Harrison

Todd is an unfaithful man and Jodi seems to be okay with that, mostly, until one day he gets involved in an affair with a much younger woman. Todd always came back to Jodi but now he is leaving her and life as she knows it falls apart.
Harrison tells the story of the marriage of Jodi and Todd by making one chapter Jodi's view and the next one Todd's view. I found this style of writing to be very effective in telling the events and thoughts of the main characters. It moved the plot along quickly and it was easier for Harrison to work in the family background info needed to see what made them tick.
It was a fast, easy, read with a good twist.

Jul 26, 2014
  • ivonnewatson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gives you a different perspective and helps you understand how in some marriages/cultures different things are accepted and tolerated. Good story.

A well written story - good book for an airplane. The story reveals motivations of the characters' behaviors from a therapist's perspective. Somewhat suspenseful with well thought out plot. In the end, Jodi's pathological denial is helpful to her.

Jun 22, 2014
  • CookingFrog rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very rich book and great read. Would not call a psychological thriller though. It is not really a mystery. Absolutely, worth reading and way better than "Gone Girl". Author is often dead on with observations on married life.

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Jun 10, 2014
  • emkenny78 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

emkenny78 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 18 and 99

Jan 14, 2014
  • katethebookie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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The story of a shaky marriage which reaches a crisis point when Todd gets his friend's daughter pregnant, and his wife Jodi is persuaded to hire a killer. Makes you reflect on the importance of communication and honesty in any relationship. I like the way it is told from both his and her perspective, and the way you don't know how it will end until the final pages.

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Mar 22, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Death should be a seduction, not a rape.

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Jan 14, 2014
  • katethebookie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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