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
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.
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.
Maybe books written after this one. The author needs to pare down her descriptions and focus on developing the plot more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Add some actual tension. Dullsville.
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!
Name one. How about the secretary. Pointless.
I wish I hadn't paid for this book.
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.
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.
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.
The book had a great storyline with interesting characters.
The action the wife chooses to take on her husband and her lack of regret.
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