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The Silent Wife

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  67,994 Ratings  ·  7,555 Reviews
The Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

Having nothing left to lose changes everything.

Todd and Jodie have been together for more than twenty years. They are both aware their world is in crisis, though neither is willing to admit it.

Todd is living a dual existence, while Jodie is living in denial. But she also likes to settle scores. When it becomes clear their aff
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 21st 2013 by Headline (first published January 1st 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…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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Karen Green
Apr 01, 2014 Karen Green rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
At the moment, I am wearing my book reviewing outfit of jeans and a t-shirt, but soon I will change into some sweatpants to take a nap on the couch under the window that looks out onto the sprawling landscape of my driveway. Then I will put on a smart pair of yoga pants and a crisp k-way jacket to get some groceries. When I get back, having bought only food that I enjoy because that's who the world revolves around, I will change into my coffee-making outfit consisting of whatever little dress st ...more
Delee
4.5

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
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karen
Jun 13, 2013 karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!
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Charleen
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
La-Lionne
***2 stars***
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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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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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
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Trudi
4.5

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
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Jennifer Masterson
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
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Carmen
Jan 02, 2014 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Alex
Aug 08, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alex by: La-Lionne
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Claudia Putnam
Jul 08, 2013 Claudia Putnam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carol
Jul 26, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mandy Crider
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
Frankie
Oct 30, 2014 Frankie 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 Jan Pelosi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Paul
Jan 24, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Melissa Herron
Sep 27, 2013 Melissa Herron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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☮Karen
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
Amanda Byrne
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
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♡ Kim ♡
Feb 07, 2014 ♡ Kim ♡ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, 2016-challenge
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
Rose
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
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Laura
Apr 08, 2013 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kristen
I originally gave this book four stars which seemed generous based on my overall annoyance with the book and it's two main characters. However, on the flip side, I couldn't seem to put the book down and I breezed right through it. I thought the ending of the book was rushed in order to tie everything in a neat little bow and that disappointed me. I spent 80% of the book getting to know the characters and then all of a sudden the big plot twist happens and it was completely rushed and not very be ...more
Becky
3.5 Stars

"She hasn't said a word but she has him on the run."

I love silence. There's a certain amount of power in it. I wish that I had the ability to say everything by saying nothing, but that is not one of my talents. I wish that my love of silence could be stronger than my love of being fucking right, but alas, I'm opinionated, and I have no problem sharing my opinions. I have no problem standing up for myself and what I think is right.

Unlike Jodi, our main character. She absorbs. All of the
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Cher
Aug 04, 2013 Cher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-misc
I hate that everyone keeps comparing this to Gone Girl (as I am right now doing, ahem), because they are as different as apples and oranges. They are both about a miserable marriage and told through the perspectives of each spouse, but that is where the similarity ends. Gone Girl is truly a psychological thriller with wild and crazy plot twists. For me, The Silent Wife was more of a psychological character study of two very fascinating, but unlikeable people. You are essentially watching a marri ...more
Sharon Kendrick
Oct 24, 2013 Sharon Kendrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Compelling, insightful and superbly written - THE SILENT WIFE is one of those rare books I simply couldn't put down. Full of black humour and painfully acute observations, it's a thriller, the dissection of a relationship, and an unflinching examination of life - all rolled into one.
Catherine McKenzie
A tightly wound psychological drama that I read in one sitting. Recommend.
Heather Bokon
Sep 04, 2013 Heather Bokon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2013
I am having no luck with books right now! And can we please stop with the Gone Girl comparisons?? Every book is not the Gone Girl.

Jodi & Todd's marriage has hit a rough spot. To put it mildly. Todd has been cheating on Jodi, his cliched 20-year-old mistress is pregnant (and the daughter of his best friend). These are 2 of the most self-absorbed, delusional people I have ever read. Jodi receives a call from the best friend, the mistresses father, alerting her to the affair. She decides to sa
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Alissa Patrick
3.5 Stars.

For a book that doesn't really have a lot going on in terms of action/plot, I kind of dug it. It's about a terrible crumbling marriage and the affects it has on both parties involved. I think this was another "GONE GIRL" comparison (GOD I AM HATING THOSE... STOP IT PUBLISHERS!). This is not GG. The only way it's close to GG is that both characters are shitty people. Todd by far is the worst and you wish that he ends up getting his ass kicked. Jody is just a sock puppet who is so whiny
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Ashley Chua
Love the subtle writing, the focus on the character's personalities and flaws, and the underlying psychological issues. Was a bit let-down by the ending, though, it felt anti-climatic, but I also admire the way the twist was handled. Once again, very subtle, not a lot of shock incorporated, and it fits well with the tone of the book.
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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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