The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780143123231 (paperback)
0143123238 (paperback)
Branch Call Number: FIC HARRISON
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 20 cm

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Todd Gilbert and Jodie Brett are in a bad place in their relationship. They've been together for twenty-eight years, and with no children to worry about there has been little to disrupt their affluent Chicago lifestyle. But there has also been little to hold it together, and beneath the surface l... Read More »

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... Read More »

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 ex... Read More »


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 25, 2020

The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison is a novel told in alternating voices and involves a marriage full of unfulfilling promises and a couple headed for catastrophe. The reason why I give this novel a 3-star rating is that it was well-written as a whole; however, I did find the characters to be somewhat disturbing and flawed. I couldn’t stand any of the characters, as I felt unsympathetic for all of them since each character was doing unlikeable things. Overall, the storyline represents a relationship gone wrong. I did not like how there was limited dialogue incorporated in some chapters and throughout the whole novel itself. The story is said to be thrilled and full of suspense, but there was not any of the such when it came to particular relationships. In general, I was able to get through this novel reasonably quickly. Still, there were many flaws, one big one being those moments that should have been considered as “twists and turns” were not angsty enough, and just didn’t seem all that important or exciting. I would not recommend this novel to my friends or readers that are looking forward to reading something related to suspense or thrill, because it will probably disappoint them. 3/5 stars
@Bookland of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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LBSJ
Apr 24, 2020

Compelling

ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 23, 2019

I liked the audio book version of this suspense/ thriller, the narration was great. I was captivated right until the end with its fast paced story and alternating "his" and "hers" chapters. I found it interesting how deeply flawed every character was and yet it did not stop me from very much enjoying the story in all its twists and turns.

A friend recommended The Silent Wife after I enjoyed reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

The story is told in alternating voices of main characters, Todd, and his common-law wife Jodi. The couple’s seemingly perfect relationship, which includes flourishing careers and a luxury waterfront condo, unravels in the aftermath of Todd’s adulterous lifestyle.

Both characters are unlikeable. But the author’s meticulous account of Jodi’s unspoken turmoil, set against the picture perfect view from the calm of her tony surroundings, kept me turning the pages.

It is unfortunate that this Canadian author passed away from cancer just months before her first novel was published. (Submitted by TS).

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slarsen
May 30, 2018

I think I would have really loved this movie but - no cc.

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Kmum1
Mar 25, 2017

Picked up this book after reading the back, started reading it and briefly considered returning it. Then it turned up on my Pinterest feed and after reading the reviews that stated it could be compared to Gone Girl (which I loved) I decided to give it another go. In my opinion it isn't really a lot like Gone Girl aside from what other reviewers have said about it being written from a his and hers perspective. I didn't find Todd or Jodi particularly unlikeable and while a little slow at the beginning, I found it did pick up halfway through. I am still left wondering about the Jodi/Darrell/Ryan side story, which left me confused. I would in no way qualify this book as a "thriller" but with what some consider to be a twist at the end, this is a decent book.

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twa
Mar 08, 2017

A top-notch read. It is bit slow to get going but by the middle it has picked up momentum and there is a great twist at the end.

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HPL06105
Dec 14, 2016

It was just ok.

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val18
Oct 05, 2016

The dynamic was interesting. I enjoyed the joint narration. It kept me interested, but in the end left me wanting. Perhaps knowing the final outcome before you even dive in doesn't help in this case. I rated it with two Stars, which to me means, "I should have read/listened to something else... but I'm no worse for the wear."

simeonite Aug 11, 2016

It was okay.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 23, 2019

Other people are not here to fulfill our needs or meet our expectations, nor will they always treat us well. Failure to accept this will generate feelings of anger and resentment. Peace of mind comes with taking people as they are and emphasizing the positive.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 23, 2019

Life has a way of taking its toll on the person you thought you were.

madison382 Mar 22, 2014

Death should be a seduction, not a rape.

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pattyloucor67
May 19, 2015

The cover of this book bills it as another "Gone Girl". It really isn't, but it was a good read nonetheless. Jodi is the wife of a real estate developer in Chicago. Her husband, a serial cheater, falls for and impregantes the daughter of his best friend. Told thru the eyes of both Jodi and Todd, the story unravels the emotional rollercoaster of both characters. I became totally absorbed in the story. The authors writes Jodi as a tad emotionally aloof, which is who she really is. Todd is played as a man ruled by basal instincts - even though he cheats on Jodi, he deeply loves her. Some unrealistic events bring the story to its climax, but, for the most part, the characters were probably more believable than those in Gone Girl.

siammarino Jun 11, 2014

The story of a shaky marriage which reaches a crisis point when Todd gets his friend's daughter pregnant, and his wife Jodi is persuaded to hire a killer. Makes you reflect on the importance of communication and honesty in any relationship. I like the way it is told from both his and her perspective, and the way you don't know how it will end until the final pages.

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