I felt this book was misrepresented as it is not at all similar to the novel Gone Girl. I found the story line to very dull and boring.
I'm not sure why reviewers and publicist alike are comparing this book with Gone Girl. I think the comparisons are creating less favorable reviews for The Silent Wife, because expectations aren't fulfilled. It's a good story on its own. I had to listen at 1.25 speed due to the slowness of Karen White's narration (it was torture at regular speed). A good listen overall at the increased speed.
I really enjoyed this book. As someone who LOVED Gone Girl I was intrigued to listen to something similar. The reviews of readers that said it was not as good as Gone Girl, made me hesitate in purchasing this book. I am so glad I went ahead and got it! It may not have been quite as good, but I think it was a solid, stand alone book that kept my interest and gave me the back and forth perceptive that I had enjoyed with Gone Girl.
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
The New York Times runs a regular feature called Bookends. On September 24, 2013, writers Mohsin Hamad and Zoë Heller discussed "Are We Too Concerned that Characters be 'Likable'?" I thought of that article as I listened to this book.
I didn't like a single character in A.S.A Harrison's "The Silent Wife" (2013). I was indifferent to some; disliked a few, like Cliff, the contractor; and I spent most of the book hoping for a murder suicide to put an end to Jodi and Todd, the couple at the center of this tale, but that isn't what happened. "The Silent Wife" is a book without a protagonist.
"The Silent Wife" is compared to Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" (2012), for good reason. Both novels are written predominantly in the present tense, fairly new in popular books. Both have alternating wife/husband chapters, which works exceptionally well in Audible format. Both are marketed as 'psychological thrillers', but that's not very accurate. "Gone Girl" is a mindf*** (sorry for the vulgarity, but I couldn't find a better word - that term means 'To intentionally destabilize, confuse or manipulate the mind of another person.'). "The Silent Wife" uses classic Adlerian psychology as a framework for a fictional story. Explainer: Alfred Adler (1870-1937), a psychotherapist colleague of Sigmund Freud, coined the term 'inferiority complex.'
Do I have to like the characters in a book to like the book? I didn't like Jay Gatsby of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" (1925) - or, for that matter, his beloved Daisy Buchanan - but I kept listening, and Gatsby stuck with me. I kept listening to "The Silent Wife" for the same reason - I had to know why other people were reading it so voraciously. Harrison isn't Fitzgerald by any means, but to be fair, Fitzgerald's lush, evocative writing would not have worked in the present tense.
There was a neat little twist at the end, so it is worth listening all the way through.
The title of this review is a nod to Edward Albee's play about a famously dysfunctional marriage, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" (1962).
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You couldn't predict
The characters start out flat and uninteresting, but at some point turn into real people with
interesting character flaws. That is when the book was really enjoyable.
It should make for an interesting book club!
Leaves you guessing. Unconventional and non predictable
Gone Girl or other works by Gillian Flynn
Wish there were more books by A.S.A Harrison. Sad me lost her so soon.
I purchased this book because it was advertised as being similar to Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. The only thing that made the two books similar was the male and female back and forth stories and infidelity. There were obvious twists and turns in this story. It did not hold my attention well. Also the female reader was choppy and her words seemed forced. It was not easy to listen to.
This book was okay. But that was it. Just okay. I have to say I enjoyed the husband's character - his complete selfishness and expectation that everyone should understand his point of view was hilarious. The hours spent listening to the woman's psychotherapy regarding her relationships with her siblings was excruciating. And I'm a psychologist!
I have not.
The performances were fine. Nothing spectacular.
No. There was definitely not enough going on for the constant drama and action demanded of today's movies or TV shows.
It's nothing like Gone Girl - not matter how much it's hyped.
I was so intrigued by this story, I just couldn't stop listening. Usually I only listen while I'm working out, but had to keep listening until I heard it all.
The plot kept me on the edge of my seat. I kept thinking how can she be this naive? How can he be such a creep? The ending really surprised me too.
The book had a great storyline with interesting characters.
The action the wife chooses to take on her husband and her lack of regret.