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Publisher's Summary

A stylish psychological thriller with the compelling intrigue of The Silent Wife and Turn of Mind and the white-knuckle pacing of Before I Go to Sleep - in which a woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend.

Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor, Celia, is brutally murdered. To Dana's horror she was the last person to see Celia alive. Suffering from mania, the result of her bipolar disorder, she has troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia's death.

Her husband’s odd behavior and the probing of Detective Jack Moss create further complications as she searches for answers. The closer she comes to piecing together the shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her...or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again?

A story of marriage, murder, and madness, The Pocket Wife explores the world through the foggy lens of a woman on the edge.

©2015 Susan Crawford (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Diana
  • United States
  • 03-24-15

Best "who done it" this year!!!

Would you listen to The Pocket Wife again? Why?

Yes, most definitely. Great story line. 5 + Stars!!! A must read!

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

The Pocket Wife is in a class by itself, although I think Stephen King would like this book, although it's not a horror story. To me, Susan Crawford writes very much like King. This is a true compliment!

Which scene was your favorite?

When Jack Moss confronts Leanora.

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

"Don't Judge a Book by it's Cover"

Any additional comments?

Cassandra Campbell does a SUPERB job of narrating this audiobook.
Looking forward to Susan Crawford's next novel.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Maddening nonsense... I may not make it!!

I have never written a review before finishing, but I am exactly half way through this book now, and I may not be able to finish.
There is a bit of a storyline, and some unlikable characters so far, but mostly just crazy gibberish. I am trying to hang in there, and IF I do, and IF it improves in the 2nd half... I will edit my review.

**2nd half update**
I made it, and the 2nd half was definitely better than the first.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Bipolar Murder Mystery

This book does for bipolar disorder what Alice LaPlante's riveting Turn of Mind did for Alzheimer's; it gives you a window into the mind and thinking of an individual with the disorder who is also uncertain as to her own role in the murder of a friend and neighbor.

The writing is solid, the characters interesting and invested with depth and feeling. I give the overall experience 3 1/2 stars to 4 stars, despite the somewhat cloying, affected, grating, overly precise articulation of the narrator.

This book held my interest all the way through, and although the ending felt a little contrived, the same can be said for many, if not most murder mysteries, especially those full of surprises and plot twists.

I would recommend this book highly to any fans of psychological suspense.

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Can't stop listening!

What made the experience of listening to The Pocket Wife the most enjoyable?

The story kept me going right down to the very end.

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

The writers ability to describe feelings, thoughts and in the moment experience rivals Steven King's talent. Not a detail was overlooked ,no questions hung in the air at the end.

What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Cassanadra did a great job keeping the characters separate with different voices and accents as well as expressing their frame of mind. I was never distracted by wondering which character was talking.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I've been staying up to midnight listening and could hardly leave it alone.

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WOW! Was NOT expecting that ending!

Oh boy, I missed some major hints, which were revealed to us later on. WOW! Totally blown away by this book. I was scared of how it would end and I would hate it, but I was wrong. A MUST READ

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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This one was a little strange.

I do not know if the narrator was reading this in such a depressing monotone to flow with the story but, I almost did an exchange because of it.
I did keep listening to the end however, I never did find the excitement that I normally do in thrillers.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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No suspense in this novel

Kinda long and drawn out. Didn't have me wanting more. Took all I had to just get thru it

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Captivating

the best novel I have read. wonderful excited kept me on the edge of my seat I couldn't stop listening

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  • 08-11-17

Took a while to get into it

It felt formulaic at first and a not super engaging for me. But then I really got into it maybe 1/3 of the way in

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Couldn't keep my interest

Maybe it's me but, I couldn't get into the story. Too many references to madness, and not enough character development early in the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful