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Publisher's Summary

Lara's life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage.

Maggie is married to Massimo's brother Nico. She knows all of Nico's darkest secrets - or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret about Nico's first wife Caitlin. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep a lie to protect those she loves?

For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price.

©2017 Kerry Fisher (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Definitely not a mystery or page turner

I didn’t return the book so it was good enough to listen to the end. But clearly not as advertised. Kept waiting for a twist. There was none.

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Tedious....ending not worth the time to get there!

Any additional comments?

Certainly a relevant theme: emotional and physical abuse, and its affect on a woman's sense of self-worth. But as a female listener with personal experience, I lost my patience with the characters' long, tedious passages of self-reflection that didn't advance the plot. Not only was there 1 protagonist in first person, instead, there were 2 women given equal emphasis. It was actually hard to invest in either one! Don't waist your commuter listening time with this book.(FYI: the title is a weak representation of the story, and the cover graphic has absolutely nothing to do with the plot.)

114 of 120 people found this review helpful

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Loved it

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

My audio books are usually in the non-fiction category since I prefer to read my fiction, but after the glowing reviews I had seen for this book, I decided to get it. I could not stop listening to it! The narrator was terrific and her English accent was perfect for the setting of the book which was in London. The characters were complex and the plot had some unexpected twist and turns. 5 stars all the way.

What did you like best about this story?

Complex plot, well-developed characters and unexpected turns

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

Yes - but at 9 hours in length - I couldn't!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Clever Read

Clever story of Italian family set in Brighton England, made all the more enjoyable by the reader Emma Spurgin-Hussein, whose British accent makes the characters come alive. Great story for any woman who has ever married a bully and fun story for anyone trying to understand why women stay with men long past the "due date"

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Super fun listen

I knew nothing about this author but the book looked interesting so I bought it with zero expectations. Well, I already bought another book from this author and I'm looking forward to reading it. The silent wife it's great story. Not too dark but not too light. All the characters are real and relatable, the story has some twists but nothing totally out there and the narrator is great.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Great book, easy to listen to.

Fisher makes you believe how people can be manipulated and become oblivious to reality. Not a boring moment!

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  • Richard
  • Milwaukee, WI, United States
  • 09-09-17

Just OK

The book was well crafted and the writing was clear and intelligent. But the story just didn't seem that important or interesting. Just another domestic melodrama...

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  • Jerri
  • Volunteer State
  • 07-21-17

Best Book I has read/listen this year !!

This book is great. I usually shy away from novels of female spouse abuse, because I have been there. But a good friend said I would love it. She was so right, completed in one session. The hope , inspiration, joy , and love made this novel great. Best book I have read all year and usually listen/read five books a week. That God for retirement, wish I had time to read more when I was younger. Worth the credit to listen or money to buy digital book, I did both.Thankyou Ms Fisher!

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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An entertaining story but narrator disappointing

I enjoyed the story about some interesting family dynamics and the lives of two sisters-in-law, who were both second wives under different circumstances. However, the Audible narrator was very disappointing. The chapters alternated between the two different main characters, but not only did the same narrator read both parts, but there was nothing at all distinguishing in her voice between the two characters. It was often difficult to tell who was talking.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant humor tucked into the cracks.

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

Well-presented example of a battered woman using wry, but brilliant humor. This is an interesting approach to handling a devastating subject since battered women do not tell their secret.

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

Oh, i'm not sure to which other book I would compare this just now. It's not a self--help book, but does give cause for thinking about the tone of subject matter, well after finishing the book.

What does Emma Spurgin-Hussey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

British accent of Emma Spurgin-Hussey is delicate and true; thus, putting a glow on the story. Her quick change-of-character is appreciated and DELIGHTFULLY accurate! The ability to 'read' with correct VOICE is SO EDIFYING and clear for envisioning the players-- heightening the part being spoken. Plus Miss Spurgin-Hussey is able to maintain the character! Excellent talent, thank you. Miss Spurgin-Hussey speaks more rapidly than is customary for me @ 75, so listening with earbuds was a good and satisfying solution. We began the book on car surround speakers, then Bose (smaller, mobile speaker), but found we were missing some of the quips, the quick-witted side comments, thus, finally using a splitter with (expensive earbuds) was perfect.

Who was the most memorable character of The Silent Wife and why?

For me, Maggie! Using point of view by the two women gave a complex, but excellent addition to the style.

Any additional comments?

This little book was definitely a surprise for me also. You will note, the same comment by another reviewer, which compelled me to purchase The Silent Wife. Since listening, I find my mind returning to characters to think about them. The mark of a pretty delicious book. Well done!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Frances Locke
  • 09-21-17

Better analysis of coercive control than The Archers!

Everyone said the BBC had done a great job with the Rob/Helen story - but this was much better and deeper. But also funny - really witty and fantastic style. I laughed but was deeply moved. Couldn't stop listening. Great story. Thank you.

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  • D. Henry
  • 09-13-17

Fantastic rread!

Excellent storyline. Characters were clear and imaginable. Couldn't wait to listen to more of it!

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Samantha
  • 08-23-17

I loved this book!

I bought this audio book as an impulse buy to listen to on a six-hour drive in my car (courtesy of attaching my phone through the aux cable). I was mildly interested during the first chapter, but that emotion quickly changed to enraptured. The author has an incredibly satisfying attention to detail when describing her characters' quirks, mannerisms, memories etc etc. The homage paid to working class life and joys through reminiscences of Maggie's mum's flat were fabulously familiar to someone who grew up with all my relatives being from a similar background.
All of the characters, despite being incredibly unique, were believable and impossible not to empathise with (except one who deserves no empathy, But I won't spoil who that is). I am usually very good at predicting twists and turns in books, but this definitely had some complete OMG moments that had me open-mouthed at the wheel on the M6 North. I don't think this novel could ever be called predictable :)
I will definitely be reading more by Kerry Fisher now! And I hope that Emma S-H narrates more books, because she is fabulous!

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. J. J. Le M
  • 09-11-17

Loved my first audio book!

Great story, brilliantly narrated! Wasn't sure I'd enjoy listening and concentrating to an audio book but it was effortless and thoroughly enjoyable. Would highly recommend!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • SHARON LUNNON
  • 07-23-17

Great read

Not the usual book that I use to read but captured from page 1, will definitely be reading more books by Kerry Fisher

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Aprilend
  • 05-07-17

Two women- one family.

Bought this audio for a long car journey and ended up making excuses to listen to it- gardening, walking dogs, bed time......
Not a thriller, or weird or any of that kind of thing. Just a good read (listen to).
The chapters alternate between two characters whose lives seem perfect to eachother but who both have their own issues.

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  • LalaBean
  • 09-19-17

An interesting easy listen.

I enjoyed this family tale with all it's twists and turns. It's a great holiday book and in part, was difficult to switch off.
Sadly, it was slightly spoilt by the narrator's awful Italian accent and I feel it would be much improved by not trying to imitate the accent at all.

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  • sharlene lewis
  • 09-07-17

Engaging

The book was beautifully written and beautifully read . Absolutely amazing and love the ending , just goes show no one family is perfect .

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary Thompson
  • 09-10-17

Emotional family drama

One of those books you don't want to put down. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, eager to learn what happened next throughout the book.

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  • Hazel
  • 08-12-17

fabulous

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the different charcaters. I believe that everyone needs a Maggie in their life.

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  • Heidi
  • 10-16-17

Perfect holiday read

I accidentally stumbled across The Silent Wife when browsing Amazon’s monthly deals, and ordered it on Audible for my upcoming holiday. It turned out to be one of those random purchases which worked in my favour, as the story and characters soon drew me in.

This is a slow burning drama, focusing on family and husband-wife relationships, and there were a few intriguing dynamics being explored here. Since I was the same age as Francesca when my mother died and my father married again, I could draw quite a few parallels between our lives, and it was interesting to get a different perspective. Fisher’s writing is lively and evocative, capturing my attention from the very first page. I especially liked Maggie’s tongue-in-cheek voice, which provided a few laugh-out-loud moments, but also some reflection points. Some of her observations about her step-family were hilarious as she doesn’t hold back! Lara, the other narrator, provided a good contrast and it was refreshing to see this character change as the story went along.

There are many different themes being explored through the eyes of these two very different women: death, remarriage, domestic violence, and cultural differences are just a few issues that drove the storyline. The Farinelli family truly were a force to be reckoned with, and I found myself gnashing my teeth in frustration a few times. The story did flag a little bit for me in the later half and perhaps needed a bit more action or a twist to move it along. Luckily I was listening to that part of the book on a train and found it entertaining enough to provide a narrative to the landscape flashing by. Had I read it in print it may not have been enough to keep me interested right until the end as the resolution was fairly predictable for me. I’m not sure what happened to the promised “twist that will take your breath away” because I thought it all worked out a bit too neatly –something unexpected would have made it more memorable.

All in all, The Silent Wife was a light, enjoyable book for me whilst providing some food for thought with the themes it explored – a perfect holiday read.