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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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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-08-14
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "ENJOYED THIS BOOK. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A FIVE STAR"
    Where does The Silent Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    AMONG THE TOP HALF


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    TODD. HE WAS SUCH A MACHO. NOT MY FAVORITE CHARACTER TYPE. BUT I LIKED LISTENING TO HIS SELF CENTERED SELF.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    MANY UNTIL THE BOOK GOT RUINED BY THAT MURDER.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    KING FISH GET CAUGHT


    Any additional comments?

    NO MATTER HOW THE BOOK ENDED I WOULD HAVE LOVED IT UNTIL THE MURDER. I THINK THE MURDER MUDDLED THE STORY AND RUINED IT IN THE END. THE AUTHOR SHOULD HAVE JUST LET LIFE GO ONE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JC Western Maryland 03-06-14
    JC Western Maryland 03-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Definitely not Gone Girl"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No - I'm glad I got it on a offer and didn't waste extra money on it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White and Donald Corren ’s performances?

    No - Karen White was hard to listen to...her reading was strangely stilted to the point of annoyance. I would get disappointed when it was her turn to speak because she was so hard to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters..all of them...were unlikable. Too much arbitrary descriptions of things that had no bearing on the storyline. I was disappointed in this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim FRONT ROYAL, VA, United States 02-07-14
    Kim FRONT ROYAL, VA, United States 02-07-14
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    "I was so disappointed in this book I returned it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The entire story just wasn’t good and I do not recommend it


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

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None the book was a waste of money.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Silent Wife?

    all not worth making it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gwendolyn Oklahoma City, OK, United States 01-22-14
    Gwendolyn Oklahoma City, OK, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2010

    Crazy red head who's head over heels about family, friends and life in general!

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    "Silently Deceptive!"

    I love a book that catches me by surprise and this one definitely did! I'll not spoil it for anyone but I will say I was pleasantly surprised by the twist in this story. The story is written from both his and her perspectives and I like knowing what all the characters are thinking. Its physiologically challenging and makes you really think about life after a 20 year relationship. The leading man, Todd, is a complete jerk but I think is written much more like a real man than most women want. The reader gets a good perspective on how some men truly think through his character. I wanted to scream at Jodi on several occasions to stop being such a push over but she really come through for me in the end. The story overall is about the digression of a relationship, an affair with a younger woman and the eventual marital separation (with a twist!). If you're looking for something to break the monotony of your usual pace, I recommend this read. I hope you too will be surprised.

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    Mameyes Minneapolis 01-21-14
    Mameyes Minneapolis 01-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "a fun quick read!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Silent Wife the most enjoyable?


    the narrators, esp Karen White, were fantastic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silent Wife?


    there were many, they came creeping... i suppose several at the end (which i wont give away)


    What about Karen White and Donald Corren ’s performance did you like?


    the tension and timbre of their voices. excellent performances


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly ELIZABETHTOWN, KY, United States 01-16-14
    Shelly ELIZABETHTOWN, KY, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "sooooo slllooowww...."
    Would you try another book from A. S. A. Harrison and/or Karen White and Donald Corren ?

    no


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. S. A. Harrison again?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Karen White and Donald Corren ’s performance?

    Could not stand Karen Whites voice... put me to sleep!


    Any additional comments?

    this book was slow and very drug out... end was very disappointing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erica R. Bates 01-16-14

    Love being lost in a story!

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    "Predictable Problem"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but before they read "Gone Girl" that way they are not let down by the end.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The end was such a let down after all the build up through out the book. Almost made me mad I had invested the time but I did enjoy the story up until then.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea BOSTON, MA, United States 01-14-14
    Andrea BOSTON, MA, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Anticlimactic"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the plot was very anticlimactic


    Would you be willing to try another book from A. S. A. Harrison? Why or why not?

    No


    What three words best describe Karen White and Donald Corren ’s performance?

    Karen especially sounded bored as she read the story, I think it was supposed to be "in character", as the character herself was boring, but it was difficult to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. R. Bush 01-14-14
    J. R. Bush 01-14-14
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    "Got better as it went along - speed up audio"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Performances: too slow. Also, it was really hard because neither of the characters were very likeable.


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

    N/A


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White and Donald Corren ’s performances?

    No.


    Did The Silent Wife inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    To those who compare to Gone Girl - I think you're at serious risk of offending Julia Whalen and Kirky Heybourne - they are WAAAAAAAY better narrators. I guess it's because she/he format that people think they are similar - but I love GG and this was only ok. At the end I did want to know what would happen, but the suspense and character development just wasn't there.

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    tapleigh new canaan, ct, United States 01-11-14
    tapleigh new canaan, ct, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow I hated this book"
    What would have made The Silent Wife better?

    I should have clued in when I first started listening to this book and thought, "the actress sounds so bored reading." The actress seemed utterly bored to death and I don't blame her. This story was a snore and I couldn't wait to be over.


    What was most disappointing about A. S. A. Harrison’s story?

    The story was stale, boring and pointless.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was boring and read in a bored way throughout the whole book.


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

    Boredom and annoyance that I wasted money on it!


    Any additional comments?

    I will never read another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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