The Silent Wife

A Novel

Harrison, A. S. A.

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Silent Wife
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
Characteristics: 326 pages ;,20 cm


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Mar 09, 2015
  • elos rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I didn't see this book as a thriller at all although I did enjoy it. For me the experience was more of a psychological journey through a very tormented marriage. It was quite absorbing.

Feb 23, 2015
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a very good psychological thriller about two unpleasant people who are cold and lacking self-awareness. Told from the perspective of the man and woman in alternating chapters, it is a very readable portrait of a marriage falling apart.

Feb 11, 2015
  • dairyqueen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Psychological fiction. Thrilling read!

Jan 10, 2015
  • karen9 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A very psychological thriller, similar in a way to Gone Girl. I felt it was leaning too much on the dark side, and I did not like Todd at all. However, at the end I felt terrible at what happened. It was compelling to read through, it will keep you wanting to continue to discover ending. Decent overall, well written except the story was too dark for me. Recommended read though!

Dec 26, 2014

It's well written, and interesting enough to make you keep pursuing it, but half way through it became so depressing, I thought why am I reading this? I hate giving up on a book once I've gotten that far, so I trudged on to the end, and put it down with a sigh of relief and a feeling of gratitude for my faithful husband and much more minor problems. I like HAPPY books, and this definitely was not that!

Dec 17, 2014
  • wilqser rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good introspective psychological thriller written in the same manner a "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn - he said, she said. Very well written for being her first novel. Sadly she died a little bit after.

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

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Jun 10, 2014
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Jun 11, 2014

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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