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The Silent Wife: A Novel | [A. S. A. Harrison]

The Silent Wife: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

A chilling psychological thriller about a marriage, a way of life, and how far one woman will go to keep what is rightfully hers....

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 listener from its opening lines and never lets go.

©2013 A. S. A. Harrison (P)2013 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Katherine M. Houston HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 08-12-13
    Katherine M. Houston HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story


    Has The Silent Wife turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Russell Springs, KY, USA 09-03-13
    Diana Russell Springs, KY, USA 09-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Very enjoyable listen"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 01-18-14
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!

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    "Who's Afraid of the Silent Wife?"

    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).

    [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    ann beautiful Colorado 01-09-14
    ann beautiful Colorado 01-09-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't compare this book to Gone Girl"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marylou United States 11-12-13
    Marylou United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2013

    Hello, I enjoy participating in 2 book clubs and this website makes it easier with my busy schedule as a Realtor for Keller Williams.

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    "It was a slow start..."
    If you could sum up The Silent Wife in three words, what would they be?

    You couldn't predict


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Fairlawn, Oh, United States 09-08-13
    Kristin Fairlawn, Oh, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Chilling."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Leaves you guessing. Unconventional and non predictable


    What other book might you compare The Silent Wife to and why?

    Gone Girl or other works by Gillian Flynn


    Have you listened to any of Karen White and Donald Corren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Shocked


    Any additional comments?

    Wish there were more books by A.S.A Harrison. Sad me lost her so soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Elwood, IN, United States 08-29-13
    Renee Elwood, IN, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed, Not What I Expected"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-25-13
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "No Gone Girl here!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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!


    If you’ve listened to books by A. S. A. Harrison before, how does this one compare?

    I have not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performances were fine. Nothing spectacular.


    Could you see The Silent Wife being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. There was definitely not enough going on for the constant drama and action demanded of today's movies or TV shows.


    Any additional comments?

    It's nothing like Gone Girl - not matter how much it's hyped.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Concord, California 07-01-13
    Amazon Customer Concord, California 07-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    What did you love best about The Silent Wife?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Karen White and Donald Corren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh 06-14-14
    Leigh 06-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "So much better than Gone Girl"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silent Wife to be better than the print version?

    Don't know since I did not read the print version. Was nice to have to male and female voices defined. It gave the characters some personality that I might not have heard otherwise.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The girl. Can't remember her name now but she seemed like a firecracker.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending. Surprising!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was recommended as an "if you liked Gone Girl, you will like this" type of book but I actually read it first and then followed with Gone Girl. This book was so much better that it made me really dislike GG. I listened to 19 hours of a crappy story and wouldn't give up since I used one of my precious credits on it. Save yourself the trouble and just listed to this book instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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