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Review: The Silent Wife

September 12, 2013

The Silent Wife

Jodi and Todd have been living together in harmony for over twenty years. Their lives aren’t particularly exciting, but they like it that way.  Jodi is a part-time psychologist, working from home, and spends her leisure time taking care of real estate developer Todd.  Something happens to cause their idyllic life to unravel and Jodi does the unthinkable – she murders Todd.

Readers learn early on that Jodi is a killer in The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison, so the tension in the book is from watching an idyllic relationship unravel.  The point of view alternates between Jodi and Todd so all of the flaws in the relationship are revealed.  There is plenty of trouble below the surface, but they choose to ignore it and that eventually leads to disaster.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it quickly because I was sucked in from the very beginning.  The writing is rather quiet, but the tension is palpable.  Jodi and Todd are flawed characters, and not particularly likeable, but their outward success made them seem like the ideal couple for many years.  I found the peek into their relationship fascinating and thought provoking.

I’ve seen this book compared to Gone Girl more than once, and I think it’s an unfair comparison.  Both books explore the dynamics of a relationship gone awry, but the relationships, the characters, and the plots are very different.

I listened to the audio version of The Silent Wife which is narrated by Karen White and Donald Corren and I thought they both did a terrific job reading this 9 hour audio book.

I won this book in a contest on Everyday I Write the Book Blog.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
42 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2013 5:17 am

    I think I might be interested in picking this one up!

  2. September 12, 2013 6:56 am

    Oh good to know that the audio is good. I was hesitant about this one (because of the comparison to Gone Girl), but now I think might give it a try.

    • September 12, 2013 12:43 pm

      Don’t know what your feelings on GONE GIRL are but I think this is a much better book, Beth. Hope you do give it a try.

  3. sandynawrot permalink
    September 12, 2013 7:00 am

    Ti went crazy over this book, so I bought it on Kindle and it is of course sitting there waiting for me to read!

  4. September 12, 2013 7:14 am

    This sounds so good. I’ll have to check it out.

  5. September 12, 2013 8:08 am

    I liked this one too and agree, the audio was great. I also enjoyed all the Chicago references. The restaurants and buildings named are actual places.

    • September 12, 2013 12:09 pm

      Leslie, I’m glad to hear that the Chicago references were on target (and that you enjoyed the audio). I was curious as the author is Canadian, but she must have spent some time in Chicago.

  6. September 12, 2013 8:35 am

    I have this one on my tbr list and I’m looking forward to reading it. Glad you enjoyed it. I really dislike book comparisons, I don’t find it fair to the new author.

  7. September 12, 2013 9:00 am

    I started this one last night, and it’s a quick read I think! You’re right, Jodi and Todd are not particularly nice. Great review on this one.

  8. September 12, 2013 9:06 am

    Sounds like a page turner!

  9. September 12, 2013 9:22 am

    I really want to read this one. Glad to know the listening option is good, too!

  10. September 12, 2013 9:36 am

    I like listening to books with multiple narrators – this sounds like a good one!

  11. September 12, 2013 10:33 am

    Sounds like a quiet book that packs a punch. I’ll keep this one in mind.

  12. September 12, 2013 12:08 pm

    This book sounds intriguing. Wonderful review, as always!

    Kathy, I am amazed by the number of books you manage to listen to! I guess I am not as good at multitasking. I can only listen to audiobooks when I drive (solo).

  13. September 12, 2013 12:10 pm

    I really enjoyed this one but I am sad that the author passed away right after it published.

    I, too, do not see the comparison to Gone Girl but I guess for marketing purposes, it was mentioned to perhaps boost sales at the time.

  14. September 12, 2013 12:12 pm

    So glad you found that the audio worked, Kathy. This one worked quite well with two narrators, I thought, as it’s written in the first person from Jodi’s and Todd’s POV. It was a good way for me to work through it, too, as I didn’t have to be in Todd’s mind at all, I could just stay inside Jodi’s head (where everything is justifiable, of course!).

  15. September 12, 2013 12:26 pm

    Your review has me intrigued – sounds like this is a great book!

  16. September 12, 2013 12:33 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I don’t mind finding out ‘who did it’ or ‘what happened’, at the beginning of a suspense story, so long as the writing that pulls the loose ends together leading up to the discovery, is intriguing enough to capture and hold my attention throughout.

    The premise for this story sounds quite deep, with two very troubled main protagonists, set fair on a course for self-destruction and the destruction of each other, long before the inevitable happens and one of them snaps!

    Great review, you sold this one to me,

    Yvonne

  17. lab1990 permalink
    September 12, 2013 12:37 pm

    Oh wow, this sounds intense. I love that you know Jodi killed her husband in the beginning and the suspense comes from finding out WHY if you will. Interesting.

    Lauren from http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  18. September 12, 2013 12:46 pm

    SO glad you reviewed this one. It deserves all the good press it’s getting. I enjoyed it much more than GONE GIRL. Another book that should be a big hit with book clubs especially since it came out in paperback.

  19. September 12, 2013 1:25 pm

    This sounds good! I love a book that just sucks you in!

  20. September 12, 2013 3:14 pm

    Sounds really good. THANKS for your review.

    Elizabeth

  21. September 12, 2013 3:21 pm

    I haven’t read Gone Girl, and I’m intrigued by this one.

  22. September 12, 2013 3:40 pm

    It does sound interesting

  23. September 12, 2013 5:30 pm

    JGlad you enjoyed this so much! I just added to my list! Still haven’t decided on Gone Girl though.

  24. September 12, 2013 6:09 pm

    I downloaded this one last week…and can’t wait to read it. Especially after reading your review! Thanks….

  25. September 12, 2013 7:25 pm

    Glad that the audio was good. Need to see if the library has the audio.

  26. September 12, 2013 7:53 pm

    I cannot wait to read this one. I’ve been hearing so much about it!

  27. September 12, 2013 8:18 pm

    I have this one on my ipad to read. Didn’t even think to check to see who the narrators were for The Silent Wife ~ I love listening to Karen White read! Her and Joshilyn Jackson are probably 2 of my faves. But so glad you enjoyed this one ~ means I’ll probably like it too 😀

  28. Patty permalink
    September 12, 2013 8:55 pm

    I loved this book!

  29. September 12, 2013 10:45 pm

    I’m so glad that you differentiated it from Gone Girl. I wouldn’t want to read that one again but this one looks interesting.

  30. September 13, 2013 8:06 am

    This has been on my radar for a while, but I haven’t read Gone Girl yet. I’m glad to hear that they are different.

  31. September 13, 2013 11:34 am

    This has brought up one of my pet peeves – comparison of one book to another, especially in blurbs on the cover. Each book that I would be at all interested in reading is unique. If it is another “who knows what” forget it. I’ll read the original.

  32. September 13, 2013 1:07 pm

    Thanks for your review. I’ve been curious about The Silent Wife.

  33. mstermind1 permalink
    September 13, 2013 3:46 pm

    It has been a while since I was tempted to pick up a new fiction book … I have so many unread books on my shelves right now… but this one sounds too good to pass up. Thanks for a such a great review.

  34. September 13, 2013 6:37 pm

    This does sound good. I can kinda get the Gone Girl comparisons from the description, even though they are obviously very different books.

  35. September 14, 2013 4:05 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read this one and didn’t even think about picking up the audio. Now that I know it’s a good one, I might go that route. Thanks!!

  36. September 15, 2013 5:11 pm

    I thought this one was very good, but it went in and out in its intensity. I understand the comparison to Gone Girl, but I’ve made no claims. LOL

  37. September 16, 2013 12:52 am

    I think I would really enjoy this one. The only thing that may get me to dislike it is if she kills him because he’s abusive. I think that storyline, no matter how based in reality it may be, can never compare to the real thing, and it’s been done to death.

  38. September 16, 2013 4:04 am

    I really enjoyed this one too – but I agree the comparison to Gone Girl is a bit unfair. The authors have very different styles and the mystery doesn’t work the same way. Glad to hear you liked it too though!

  39. bookingmama permalink
    September 16, 2013 10:02 am

    I read this one at the beach and still need to review it!

  40. September 23, 2013 3:21 pm

    This is in my list! I’m pretty sure my library has the audio so I’ll listen to it. Glad you liked it.

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