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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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    Cacy 05-20-15
    Cacy 05-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

    I did not enjoy this book. I was expecting a mystery/thriller type of story but it was neither. It was very hard to get into and never really hit a climatic point. After reading books like A Girl On A Train, this was very disappointing.

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    AgnesB USA 05-02-15
    AgnesB USA 05-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the next Gone Girl"
    What disappointed you about The Silent Wife?

    One of the most disappointing things was the extreme overuse of extraneous details. It felt like the author was just trying to show off her vocabulary, prove her "creativity," or pad the book to make it longer. Beautiful details when necessary to the story and plot are great, but this author did not use them judiciously.

    Also, it drove me bonkers that she got so many things about Chicago/the United States wrong. I'm a lawyer and immediately picked up on the fact that she's not American because she said the Chicago lawyers' stationary called them "barristers and solicitors." Nope, not here in the U.S. We are attorneys or lawyers. You have to go to Australia, UK, Canada, etc. to find some barristers or solicitors. And you need to have J.D. (Juris Doctor) not an LLB(?). The descriptions of Chicago also reeked of someone who is not familiar with the city.
    Sorry, A.S.A Harrison, but nobody knows every nook and cranny of Chicago. It's far too big and there are plenty of neighborhoods a middle-aged douchebag in a Porche(!) would never dare to drive. Before writing your next book please run a few google searches to learn something about the country where you're setting the story.


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

    Maybe books written after this one. The author needs to pare down her descriptions and focus on developing the plot more.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Both of the narrators were pretty mediocre. They weren't the worst I've heard but they did detract from the story. The female narrator had a tedious cadence. I tried to talk myself into believing that it was her interpretation of Jodi's methodical nature and her believe that she was particularly introspective. Perhaps the narrator interpreted that to mean Jodi thought a lot before she spoke and spoke slowly/monotonously? I don't know. Maybe I'm giving the narrator too much credit. Speeding up and more inflection would have helped.
    The male narrator was equally painful to listen to. He just seemed to be trying way to dang hard. His style was riddled with over-pronunciation and it made it feel very, very fake and disingenuous.


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

    Most of the middle part where they just meander around, not together, but not committed to a course of action. That part took way too long. Some interspersed action could have spiced it up. Instead we were just treated to long monologues from inside their heads on Todd's indecision and Jodi's delusion.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is most definitely not the next Gone Girl. This book is much slower paced, the writing is overdone, and seems to just be an amateur effort all around. I'm going to keep looking for the next great summer thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Taylor 04-29-15
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    "This is NOT Gone Girl…"

    This is being promoted as the next Gone Girl. However, the only thing it has in common is the dual perspective. This is a decent book, but in no way is this in the same realm as GG.

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    HailtoTheVictors Royal Oak MI 04-01-15
    HailtoTheVictors Royal Oak MI 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So boring"
    What disappointed you about The Silent Wife?

    I read that it was a thriller similar to Gone Girl or the Girl on the Train. Wrong. It was so dull, the story went nowhere and I couldn't care less what happened to these people.


    What could A. S. A. Harrison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Add some actual tension. Dullsville.


    Did Karen White and Donald Corren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Isn't there a better way in audiobooks for them to show two people talking? Jody: xxxxx, Richard:..... How about having two people read that section. So annoying!


    What character would you cut from The Silent Wife?

    Name one. How about the secretary. Pointless.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I hadn't paid for this book.

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    Laine 03-14-15
    Laine 03-14-15
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    "Ehh okay."

    It was a decent story. However, I feel like the climax came too late. It was a BIG build up, and then it happened. Then it just kind of ended with not as much explanation as I would have liked. Definitely wish the author would have written the ending/resolution in more detail.

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    Victoria 03-09-15
    Victoria 03-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting"

    I did not care for the female reading this book. Her voice was monotone and seemed uninterested. Other than that it was good. Sorry female reader. If this was your intention then good job. Really not trying to be mean. Have listened to many female readers and enjoy it.

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    Denen A. Norfleet 02-23-15
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    "Nothing like Gone Girl"

    I bought this book based on audible's description that it was a great book for people who loved Gone Girl. The only similarity between the two stories is that they are both told from two points of view, the husband's and the wife's. This story however, was dull, predictable, and just plain boring.

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    HolmesRN 01-16-15
    HolmesRN 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    Grabs you from the start. I couldn't put it down. The reading is stellar too. Interesting perspective one chapter his perspective, the next hers.

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    nyc10128 NEW YORK, NY USA 01-15-15
    nyc10128 NEW YORK, NY USA 01-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Not so silent wife!!"

    psychology and the "therapy sessions" of the book was the best part. I thought it was a little predictable. An easy read.

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    Brenda Clarksville, TN, United States 11-07-14
    Brenda Clarksville, TN, United States 11-07-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Surprising how far we can go from love to hate"
    What made the experience of listening to The Silent Wife the most enjoyable?

    The book had a great storyline with interesting characters.


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

    The action the wife chooses to take on her husband and her lack of regret.


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