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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? On the surface, the perfect couple, below the surface, what has this alliance wrought? Love is apparent, but where is the love, really?

The author, I have read, died before her novel was published. Her first novel, exquisite writing. I could see and feel the characters, their surroundings, their emotions right there, but not shared with each other. This is the novel I would recommend, surprising in some sense, but so right, to the core!

Recommended. prisrob 07-08-13
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Initial post: Sep 9, 2013 10:09:35 PM PDT
mdviviez says:
good review. i want to see this film adapted into a film starring julia roberts and mark ruffalo or brad pitt.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2013 2:51:31 PM PDT
prisrob says:
Thank you for your comments. Nice casting..

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 2:22:37 PM PDT
Sleepmaker says:
I wasn't a fan of Gone Girl either....highly overrated! Had I not read ur review I would pass this by thinking it was similar...)thx

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2013 2:42:23 PM PDT
prisrob says:
I hope you like this novel as much as I did.
Thank you for your remarks!

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 9:59:52 AM PDT
Teri says:
Thank you! Finally another reader like me who didn't care for Gone Girl. I was beginning to think I had missed something with all the hype Gone Girl has gotten. (I disliked it so much, in fact, I didn't read the last few pages and returned it and got my money back). I will definitely read this book based on your well-written post and recommendation. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2014 10:34:10 AM PDT
prisrob says:
Oh, yes, think you will enjoy this book.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 4:19:28 AM PST
I didn't like Gone Girl either. Don't understand all the hype.
Loved this book though. One of the best I have read this year.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2014 7:53:44 AM PST
prisrob says:
Yes, it was surprising, was it not?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2014 7:55:56 AM PST
Yes, I liked the surprise. :O) It sticks with you.
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