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The Silent Wife: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

A. S. A. Harrison
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Book Description

"This summer's Gone Girl –  I gobbled it down in one sitting." – Anne Lamott, People

Fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will love The Silent Wife

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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This perfectly pitched debut offers sharp insights into the grievances that accumulate over a long relationship, and the lengths to which a woman will go when her world collapses SUNDAY TIMES Sharp, witty, dark as hell and totally engrossing... A worthy rival to Gone Girl in its psychological complexity and accomplishment DAILY MAIL This will be the book everyone will be talking about by the end of summer, it will be the number one choice for book clubs and well-thumbed copies will be passed between friends and work colleagues with glowing recommendation... The term "must-read" is often bandied around and not always deservedly. The Silent Wife justifies the plaudit without question SUNDAY EXPRESS The slow, murderous disintegration of a marriage is all too believable in A.S.A. Harrison's first - and final - novel... As the novel advances into treacherous territory, Harrison's elegant, incisive prose gets dirtier, more dangerous OBSERVER The Silent Wife attracted much political publicity, but its author died a few weeks ago... The hype was largely justified. It is inevitably being compared with last year's mega-hit, Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl... The Silent Wife is psychologically more interesting THE TIMES The Silent Wife is one of those books you hate to put down. Harrison writes well with a light touch, but her touch is devastating nonetheless... Profoundly disquieting GUARDIAN.CO.UK After Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, novels about toxic marriages are suddenly in vogue. The Silent Wife is the classiest of the bunch... A smart psychological chiller MAIL ON SUNDAY A hit... and you can see why THE SUN Beautifully written and superbly paced, not to mention full of ingenious twists. Fans of Gone Girl will love it SUNDAY MIRROR SUPERB... As a novel about the dark side of marriage and relationships, it's better than Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl -- SOPHIE HANNAH This summer's blockbuster novel DAILY TELEGRAPH Sharp, psychological and intricate, if you've ever wondered just how far you'd go if you had nothing left to lose, this will make you do a double-take HARPER'S BAZAAR ONLINE Utterly believable, complex, and compelling -- JOJO MOYES 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 A deliciously wicked pleasure... A very clever, very funny comedy of manners spliced with a domestic thriller -- KATE ATKINSON A terrific debut novel VAL MCDERMID This is an utterly compelling story, gorgeously written and with so many shocks and surprises... I raced through it. My highest recommendation -- TESS GERRITSEN The characterization is exceptionally well done, the writing stylish and mature... this is a very accomplished psychological thriller -- S.J. BOLTON Reminiscent of Gone Girl in that it's written in the alternating voices of the couple, it's every bit as addictive. You'll be thinking about it for months to come -- www.cosmopolitan.co.uk If you enjoyed Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, you'll love this unsettling psychological thriller SUN ON SUNDAY A gripping psychological thriller DAILY EXPRESS

Review

“This perfectly pitched debut offers sharp insights into the grievances that accumulate over a long relationship, and the lengths to which a woman will go when her world collapses” SUNDAY TIMES

"Sharp, witty, dark as hell and totally engrossing... A worthy rival to Gone Girl in its psychological complexity and accomplishment" DAILY MAIL

"This will be the book everyone will be talking about by the end of summer, it will be the number one choice for book clubs and well-thumbed copies will be passed between friends and work colleagues with glowing recommendation... The term "must-read" is often bandied around and not always deservedly. The Silent Wife justifies the plaudit without question" SUNDAY EXPRESS

"The slow, murderous disintegration of a marriage is all too believable in A.S.A. Harrison's first - and final - novel... As the novel advances into treacherous territory, Harrison's elegant, incisive prose gets dirtier, more dangerous" OBSERVER

"It is inevitably being compared with last year's mega-hit, Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl... The Silent Wife is psychologically more interesting" THE TIMES

"The Silent Wife is one of those books you hate to put down. Harrison writes well with a light touch, but her touch is devastating nonetheless... Profoundly disquieting" GUARDIAN.CO.UK, US Summer Reads pick

"After Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, novels about toxic marriages are suddenly in vogue. The Silent Wife is the classiest of the bunch... A smart psychological chiller" MAIL ON SUNDAY

"A hit... and you can see why" THE SUN

"A sizzling debut and a chilling psychological thriller - 9/10" PRESS ASSOCIATION

"Beautifully written and superbly paced, not to mention full of ingenious twists. Fans of Gone Girl will love it" SUNDAY MIRROR

"Well plotted, fast-paced and hugely addictive" STYLIST

"Sharp, psychological and intricate, if you've ever wondered just how far you'd go if you had nothing left to lose, this will make you do a double-take" HARPER'S BIZARRE ONLINE

"SUPERB... As a novel about the dark side of marriage and relationships, it's better than Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. A must read" Sophie Hannah, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of KIND OF CRUEL

"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, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

"[A] deliciously wicked pleasure... A very clever, very funny comedy of manners spliced with a domestic thriller" Kate Atkinson, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of LIFE AFTER LIFE and CASE HISTORIES

"The characterization is exceptionally well done, the writing stylish and mature... this is a very accomplished psychological thriller" S.J. Bolton

"A terrific debut novel" Val McDermid, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of WIRE IN THE BLOOD

"This is an utterly compelling story, gorgeously written and with so many shocks and surprises... I raced through it. My highest recommendation" Tess Gerritsen, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of KEEPING THE DEAD

"[A] heart-thumping tale of deception" WOMAN & HOME

"This unsettling story of two people heading for catastrophe is impossible to put down... Will appeal to anyone hooked by Gone Girl" PRIMA

"If you enjoyed Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, you'll love this unsettling psychological thriller" SUN ON SUNDAY, FABULOUS MAGAZINE

"A brilliant tale of misreadings and desperate measures" SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE

"The best psychological thriller we've read this year... You'll be thinking about it for months to come" COSMOPOLITAN.CO.UK"

"So poised, so fully composed… If The Silent Wife is not quite so high concept as Gone Girl, it is more precise, plausible and unnerving and just as compelling… Don’t miss this one." London Evening Standard"


Product Details

  • File Size: 683 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0143123238
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (June 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AEDDSZW
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668 of 705 people found the following review helpful
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Open "The Silent Wife," by A. S. A. Harrison, and meet Jodi and Todd. They live in a gorgeous Chicago condo. She's a part-time psychologist working from home; he's a renovation expert and developer who makes enough money to provide them with an enviable and affluent lifestyle. They've not married, but have been living together for twenty years; their life has become an ongoing stable and emotionally satisfying routine of mutually met obligations and expectations. They have no children, so they each have sufficient time to indulge in whatever interests them. Jodi loves to play the perfect domestic diva taking care of Todd and Todd loves to be taken care of. Jodi loves doing her spa visits and Pilates sessions; Todd loves having sex with other women...and being confident that his accepting wife will ignore and forgive these dalliances. This is their routine. They seem ideally suited to it, and to each other...their lives in perfect balance. To readers, their relationship might seem unusual, and neither of them might be the type of people we'd like to have as friends. In fact, I am sure that many who read this novel will take an instant dislike to these two fictional antiheros. But of course, readers are not required to like these characters. Rather, what readers need to be able to do is to figure out how to understand them. Why? Because that's a good part of the pleasure of this novel.

In the beginning, we are told that this novel is all about a murder. Jodi will be the murderer and Todd the victim...and it will take only "a few short months" to "make a killer out of her."

So you might ask: with a novel that starts like that, how could it possibly be marketed as a thriller? Where's the suspense?
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180 of 201 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perpetual State Of Denial July 8, 2013
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I was never a fan of 'Gone Girl', and am glad I did not know that this novel, 'The Silent Wife' was being compared to 'Gone Girl'. This is an entirely separate novel, connected only by the season, a summer novel/thriller.

This novel was exquisite, it pulled me in entirely. It is a novel that can be read easily in one or two days. In fact, it is a novel that calls you. A relationship of twenty years, never a marriage, because neither felt it was necessary. Jodi Brett, a psychologist, with several degrees behind her name and Todd Gilbert, a developer, builder, with no degrees behind his name, met by accident. Jodi was moving and her moving truck struck Todd's truck in a blinding Chicago rain. Somehow in-between the yelling and accusations a relationship developed, and within a short time they moved in together. They had a perfect life, thought Jodi. A lovely apartment, expensive furnishings, good food, fast cars and good sex. The only issue was the never discussed liaisons that Todd had with other women. Jodi, ignored them, never addressed them, and lived in a perpetual state of denial.

This denial seemed to be a state for both of them. Each of them had a difficult, abusive childhood. OnlyTodd spoke of his. Jodi kept her issues covered, deep denial, that seems strange for a therapist. They lived an altered life,an altered existence. Todd got what he wanted, whenever he wanted, and, Jodi, got what she wanted, she thought. Jodi dressed in expensive beige pants and white shirt while at home,and this seems to be her existence, beige. Just right, no highs, no lows, until something occurs that brings everything crashing.

Couples who talk above the fray, but never really discussing their feelings. Too afraid to show what is really going on?
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194 of 221 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The perfect marriage? Umm, not quite... August 2, 2013
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I'd rate this book 3.5 stars.

Let's get this out of the way first. Despite what the marketing of this book may say, The Silent Wife is not "this year's Gone Girl." And truth is, that's both good and bad. I wasn't as much a fan of Gillian Flynn's best-seller last year, so I can't say I wasn't entirely disappointed that this novel didn't share many of the same characteristics. However, I wish that The Silent Wife had a little more of Gone Girl's page-turning suspense.

Jodi Brett and Todd Gilbert have been together for more than 20 years. Their relationship began in an auspicious way--the two were both involved in a car accident--but the two have supported each other greatly. Jodi has watched as Todd has become a self-made man, starting from restoring and rebuilding a Chicago townhouse from the ground up, to running his own construction business. And Todd encouraged Jodi's studies in psychotherapy and her counseling business, listening to stories about her clients (with all pertinent details hidden, of course).

Todd has ensured the couple never wants for any creature comforts--they live in a beautiful waterfront condo high up on the Chicago skyline, take fun and relaxing vacations, and enjoy fancy dinners and entertainment. And Jodi is the perfect wife--nurturing, supportive, always there with the perfect dinner and their well-behaved dog.

Sure, their marriage isn't perfect. Whose is? Jodi has turned a blind eye through the years to Todd's extramarital dalliances, because at the end of the night, Todd always comes home to her. And while Todd may seek the comfort of other women from time to time (professionals and others), Jodi is his one true constant and he can't imagine actually leaving the life they've made together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story!!!!!
I really enjoyed reading this book.' It gave me a lot of "what ifs" about my own marriage...what would you do if...? Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
This book was a good read. It taught me that I could enjoy a book without necessarily liking the main characters -- which I did not. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Linda Roujon
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Kind of boring not a lot happened
Published 1 day ago by Daniella
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked all the landmarks and streets mentioned
The ending was frustrating in a a Gone Girl-sort of way. But it was a really interesting read that I didn't want to put down. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sara C. Pollock
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good. However, it got rather lengthy due to author's narrative.
Published 1 day ago by Arlene H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it.
Chose this book after reading Girl on the Train and then Gone Girl, as it was described as "the next best thing". And it really was!
Published 1 day ago by R. Carlson
3.0 out of 5 stars a little disappointed
I chose to read this book because people who liked "girl on the train" also liked this book. I was a little disappointed. Anti-climactic and kind of slow. I'd pass on this one.
Published 3 days ago by Natalie Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all like Gone girl
I was really looking forward to reading this book after the reviews said "if the reader likes Gone Girl they will love this". Ummmm why?? Read more
Published 3 days ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars Grabs you, riles you and leaves you thinking
Jodi has surrounded herself with perfection. Her condo looks out to a magnificent view and is filled with beautiful things. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Julie Copp
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!
I enjoyed the book and got through it pretty fast. It was a bit hard to read for me sometimes when the author got deep, deep into the study of human psychology, however... Read more
Published 4 days ago by R. Finley
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Nope, no diagnosis since he was killed before the results. He started feeling better and the lesion was almost gone, so it's like he no longer cared.
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