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The Silent Wife

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  102,313 ratings  ·  9,852 reviews
A chilling psychological thriller portraying the disintegration of a relationship down to the deadliest point when murdering your husband suddenly makes perfect sense.

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 Chicag
Paperback, 326 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Penguin Books (first published 2013)
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Berry It is well written but I found it a disturbing book full of flawed characters. I could not put it down but would not recommend it to my friends. The o…moreIt is well written but I found it a disturbing book full of flawed characters. I could not put it down but would not recommend it to my friends. The only character I really liked was the dog!(less)

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Newest pet peeve: When the marketing department in a publishing house decides it would be a great idea to promote just about any new psychological thriller as "The NEW Gone Girl" to sell the hell out of it. This seems unfair to me. If a person loved Gone Girl-they could be disappointed, and if they hated Gone Girl-they might not give it a chance.

I loved Gone Girl! I loved THE SILENT WIFE! THE SILENT WIFE is NOT Gone Girl. Yes, there are a few similarities. A toxic marriage, husband and wife n
Sorry, but this is not a chilling psychological thriller. It's a literary exploration of what happens when people get comfortable and let life just happen to them. Parts of it were actually quite good. But sticking the phrase "a few short months are all it will take to make a killer out of her" on the first page doesn't make a book a thriller, not when there's nothing else sustaining the suspense through the majority of the book. It's not bad, but it's definitely been mis-marketed. Plenty of psy ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
this book has been compared to gone girl, but that is a somewhat flawed n' lazy comparison. however, if your response to that book was any of the following:

Had a difficult time getting through this book-didn't really care for the characters

I hate the general misanthropy that infests most of modern fiction.

I prefer a book with at least one sympathetic character... and I couldn't stand any of these people.

unlikable people doing unlikable things

There wasn't a character you could even try to like!!
Elyse  Walters
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Update: This is a $1.99 Kindle special today --a great psychological mystery thriller --right to the very end of the book. If you have missed this one -- its GOOD!!!

I read this book yesterday ---
I thought it was a 'wonderful-creepy' -(even had me laughing) -mystery!

I tried to imagine my husband coming home night after night for 20 years --
KNOWING the guy was 'having-his-fun' from time to time on the side --
and never talking about it --
living with it --
Cooking him fabulous dinners...
He walks in t
***2 stars***

Out of respect for the author, who's no longer with us, I'll try to refrain myself from ranting like I usually do when I don't enjoy the book, and give only my honest opinion.

I saw this book mentioned in the article, when I was looking for a thriller to read. I was in the mood for something dark and twisted and stumbled upon couple of articles where this book was described as the "next big thing" and "this summers Gone Girl". But the thing that got me was this:

“With a spare, elegant
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Jodi and Todd take turns telling the story of the final months of their crumbling marriage.

Reasons for the low rating: (1) It was NOT a psychological thriller. A thriller would mean something “thrilling” happens during the book, right? (2) Stop comparing books to Gone Girl. As always, apples and orangutans.

The book wasn’t completely horrible – I was able to get through it pretty quickly. However, it had some real lulls in the action with page upon page spent describing the most mundane activit

Wow. This book -- flipping fantastic. But your enjoyment of it is probably going to hinge on the expectations you're carrying going in. Despite some superficial similarities -- The Silent Wife IS NOT Gone Girl. So if you loved Gone Girl and come seeking the same kind of tawdry, illicit, messed up thrills and shocking plot twists here you're probably going to be disappointed.

The Silent Wife is silent, as in very subtle. It's a train wreck that happens at 15 miles per hour as opposed to 120. B
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of psychological thrillers
This book contains one of the biggest dirtbags I've ever encountered in fiction. His name is Todd.

Here are some examples of what dirtbag activities he enjoys:
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Jennifer Masterson
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a good psychological thriller but it might not be for everyone.

"The Silent Wife" has already been reviewed to death so I will just say ONLY read this book if you can tolerate unlikeable characters! Todd and Jodi are horrible. It is mainly told in third person. For me this was a good thing. If it was first person I don't think I would have liked this book at all.

If you can tolerate horrible characters definitely read it. It's a descent story that twists and turns and has an ending that
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alex by: La-Lionne
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Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Carol by: Delee and Gail
This is a disturbing book. Some might take pure delight in this.
The Silent Wife is a disturbing book. There is also something if not quite delightful, alluring in its unpleasantness. Disturbing as you can’t quite like anyone except, the dog, Freud, aptly named; or anything that transpires in this dark tale of a marriage or a non-marriage really. And yet I certainly found The Silent Wife compelling, reading on, wanting to see where this train wreck of a story would go. The Silent Wife is thought
Claudia Putnam
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I started out sorry I'd bought this book. I was looking for something that would be a break from the heavy stuff I'm otherwise reading and that would also be a cut above the usual escape fare (why is that so hard??).

The first couple of paragraphs were really tough. So recursive. There's a view of a vista, a delineation of a line, an arc that encircles, etc. I thought, well, the writer seems smart. Maybe this is deliberate and is meant to represent the character in some way, and indeed it does s
Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm so sad with the outcome of this book. The ending wasn't a surprise as many I know have said, yes it was out of left field, but not completely. I really wanted to love this book, but I didn't. I hated Todd, the husband was selfish and a complete and utter idiot. Jodi, the wife was so affected by her surroundings and her daily routine that she didn't see what was happening before her with her marriage. The whole time I read this I kept thinking, "the grass is only greener on the other side bec ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, usa
I only read this because my reception at work brought it in for me so i felt i had to. Normally i dont think i would pick up a book with that title or cover (yes i do judge them).

I hated both Jodi and Todd. It annoyed me that I didnt like either of them yet i couldnt stop reading the book. I found it really addictive and i dont know why.
I liked the story and how it ended. It was intense at times.
Jan Pelosi
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OK, when I can't put a book down, I simply must give it 5 stars. It's not a long book, so it was a 2 day read for me. I found this book completely fascinating. I loved the alternating voices between him (Todd) and her (Jodi).

Yes, Todd is a despicable character (as many men and their behaviors are); he's a serial cheater; a slime ball; but even he realized--just a wee bit I believe--that it finally caught up with him. Jodi was a strong woman who for reasons that we learn much later in the book be
Amanda Byrne
Jun 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book has to be the most disappointing book I've read so far this year. Had I picked it up in a bookstore and flipped to the first page, it's highly unlikely I would have bought it. I was expecting a completely different story than the one I felt was described in the blurb.

From the very beginning we know Jodi will kill Todd. This, in and of itself, kills some of the suspense. I'm guessing what the author was counting on to keep the reader turning pages were the events leading up to his murde
Melissa Herron
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Meh. This book was ok. It was intriguing enough to keep me reading and invested in the characters, but I felt like I spent the entire book waiting for something big, shocking, game changing to happen. The pace really didn't pick up until the last quarter.

The rest of this review is going to be full of spoilers - so don't read if you haven't read the book. Sorry. I'm not sure how to remove from my phone.

You have been warned.

Things I disliked about this book...

Maybe I missed something. But what
“In asserting that people don't change, what she means is that they don't change for the better. Whereas changing for the worse, that goes without saying.”
― A.S.A. Harrison, The Silent Wife

Of all the "compared to Gone Girl" books out there, I think this is the closest one to that although they really are two different books.

The Silent Wife is yet another book I reread recently. I am as impressed now as I was years ago when I read it. It's a great character study.

There is Jodie. And there is Tod
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Silent but deadly

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison was her debut novel and unfortunately her last as she died in 2013 in which she has left an incredible psychological thriller. This is no ordinary thriller either where we see the perpetrator and the detectives for them. This is far darker, far deeper inside the mind and is so engrossing it is tempting to rush through the book. I do not know how Harrison has done it but she has reached inside the mind to those dark deep well hidden depths we al
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads-won
**Received from Goodreads first reads giveaway.

This was a great psychological book. It is the story of a 20 year common law marriage (and both parties) falling apart. We witness the disintegration of their relationship through both Jodi and Todd's point of view. We see how they rationalize, excuse, cope and justify their behavior. Todd is a habitual cheater and Jodi is aware but never confronts him on it but always lets him know that she will be there for him waiting with elegant meals and pleas
I love books set in Chicago, one of my favorite cities. The Silent Wife and her common-law husband Todd live on Chicago's beautiful lakefront in an expensive condo. Todd is a wealthy business owner, who likes to stray like the tomcat he is, while Jodi quietly accepts, denies, and ignores his behavior. From page 1 we know she ends up killing his cheating ass, but we don't know how or when. There is not much action or dialogue, just a very suspenseful and methodical revealing of their individual p ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars !

This was a taut psychological thriller that was well-researched and with a slow unfolding of the dynamics of two very narcissistic individuals....the wife (a psychotherapist with obsessive tendencies) and the husband (immature businessman) and the slow death of their marriage that was fragile and empty to begin with.

Both characters were quite unlikable but they were infused with a complexity that compelled you to read forward and see what would happen next. I also liked the Adlerian a
♡ Kim ♡
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
The beginning of the book had my emotions roaring. At one point my boyfriend threatened to throw the book out the window because even though he is nothing like Todd, I was so upset with Todd that I unleashed on the boyfriend about how stupid guys can be by taking a good thing for granted. Then I started to focus on Jodi’s behavior, and how she basically allowed this to happen. Needless to say, the relationship was screwed up, but it somehow worked out for them. I loved this book until the end, b ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: boring

I don't mind a book that's a slow burn. The Girls by Emma Cline was one of my favorites because I found the characters fascinating. But The Silent Wife just wasn't interesting enough to keep ME interested. Jodi was so bland and naive! It was hard for me to feel sorry for her. Neither she nor Todd had any sort of personality or chemistry. I'm fine with the blurb giving away the ending, I just wanted to go along for the ride to see how it came to that ending. But the ride was slow and a major disa
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Sadly this book did not reach the level of expectation I had for this novel. A decent read but not the exceptional one I had hoped.
Psychotherapist Jodi Brett is happy with her life, cooking for her husband, Todd Gilbert, working hours that suit her and walking the dog. She lives a fairly serene life while her husband Todd works as a professional renovator and has affairs. Jodi turns a blind eye to his extra marital relationships but all changes when he tells her he is leaving. Her life is turned
Apr 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
I really shouldn't read blurbs, because they raise expectations too high. Calling this akin to Gone Girl makes some sense: we have dual points-of-view, we have a husband and wife in a "meh" marriage with problems, and there's a murder (the wife, Jodi, actually says that she never thought she'd be a killer somewhere in the early stages of the book). Are the narrators unreliable? No idea. I read 30% (per my Kindle's reckoning) and gave up.

Where this differed from Gone Girl for me was that I didn't

Jodi Bret and Todd Gilbert - who have been together for twenty years - live in a posh Chicago condominium and enjoy the good things in life: a lovely home; expensive cars; fine dining; evening walks along the lake; etc.

Jodi is a trained psychotherapist and maintains an office in the condo. She sees a couple of patients a day, and spends the rest of her time working out, reading, walking the couple's dog Freud, seeing friends, shopping, cooking gourmet meals, etc.

Todd is a successful developer
Quick review for not such a quick read, but still a captivating one. I'll admit I picked up A.S.A. Harrison's "The Silent Wife" because it was rec'd to me by my library for follow-up reads to Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl". I'm not going to evoke any other comparisons to the latter work other than that mention, because this book is a whole different ballgame, but I can see why the comparison comes about.

"The Silent Wife" is one of those books that is definitely hit and miss. The characters are flaw
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Meh. First of all, the comparisons to Gone Girl are... weird. The books have only the slightest similarity. There is simply not as much at stake here as the book implies. There is one really interesting thing, that Jodi and Todd aren't actually married, and I would have liked to see more done with that. Todd was far more fleshed out than Jodi. The underlying pathology revealed toward the end to "explain" Jodi and her outlook is just handled so shallowly and is a bit clichéd. This is a fast, enjo ...more
Catherine McKenzie
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A tightly wound psychological drama that I read in one sitting. Recommend.
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A. S. A (Susan) Harrison’s previous books include Orgasms (Coach House Press, 1974), Revelations, with Margaret Dragu (Nightwood Editions, 1987), and Zodicat Speaks (Viking Penguin, 1996). The Silent Wife is her debut novel and she was at work on a new psychological thriller when she died in 2013, aged 65. Harrison was married to the visual artist John Massey and lived in Toronto.

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