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This review is from: The Silent Wife: A Novel (Paperback)
The reason I enjoyed this book so much was because I could totally relate to the main character Jodi. She's non-confrontational, takes comfort in the simplicity of daily routine, and is determined to live an uncomplicated, comfortable lifestyle with her husband. Todd, on the other hand, takes for granted the serene world Jodi has created for him. When his extramarital affair leaves him no choice to abandon his ideal life with Jodi, something breaks in her. Todd's selfishness and his desire to want the best of both worlds backfires on him when Jodi seeks the ultimate revenge.
The book is narrated in alternating chapters, "Her" and "Him." In Todd's chapters, he does nothing but make excuses for himself in an attempt to justify his destructive actions. The most interesting aspect of Jodi's narrative is her psychotherapy background. Her knowledge of human behavior gives her an amount of patience, even denial that can often make her seem aloof. Jodi's staunch complacency made me admire her, but also doubt her. She's an incredibly complex character trying to navigate the world that she created and Todd has shattered. The revelations Jodi comes to in her self-assessment are alarming. She retreats to a dark place within herself as the conclusion unfolds. The end is intense and thought-provoking and I appreciated the undefined outcome that the author presented.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.