The Silent Wife
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 reputat ...more
“The Silent…moreWith help from these comments I had to come up with questions for my book club, so with help from these comments I came up with these...
“The Silent Wife” -Kerry Fisher
The abuse from the stepdaughter was intense, how long is too long to put up with that?
Would you have handled the young stepdaughter differently?
Do you think Maggie should have thrown out the gold box?
What would have happened if she didn't?
When the stepdaughter tore apart Maggie’s sewing room what did you feel?
What would you have done?
It was mentioned that Lara’s father lived with them for a short period in the room where she was cleaning the windows to destress. She describes the view from there being Caitlyn and Nico’s bedroom. Did you then laterrealize then that that is how her father knew about the affair? And in his dementia, he kept THAT memory.
Anna always felt her sons were perfect, has anyone had an experience with a mother in law like her, or do you know someone like that?
Did you think it sad that there were so few friends involved in the story and it was kept so tightly with just the family?(less)
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Be careful what you wish for - you may get it. This is certainly true of Maggie, a woman from a less than desirable background; growing up on a council estate, a single mother, the daughter of single mother. All she has ever wanted is to be part of a close family, one of those families that do everything together, that support each other. When Nico asks her to marry him, she believes that this ...more
I absolutely loved this book!! You know it's an extraordinary story, when you don't want it to end. The characters are so well presented that you actually feel you are part of the family - some you love, some that irritate you, others that make you laugh while still others you want to scream at. I enjoyed each character for their own unique qualities but my favorite was Beryl. She was so down to earth, funny and sarcastically outspoken but not in brutal way. - - very ...more
There’s the domineering, strident Italian Mama, a real matriarchal character and the mother of two sons, Massimo and Nico. Both sons have married for the second time and the story is related from the points of views of their second wives, Lara and Maggie. L ...more
Maggie married Nico after his wife Caitlin died. Nico has a tee ...more
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Can a review consist of just some incoherent gibberish to show how much you’ve loved a book? How about a Kermit flail? No? Because quite frankly, I’m not at all sure how I’m supposed to put into words the emotional rollercoaster I’ve been on following this story of a dysfunctional and slightly cuckoo family.
It’s all incredibly relatable. Who hasn’t had to play happy families when sticking a fork in your eye sounds way more fun? Who hasn’t may ...more
One thing that I found especially difficult while reading was reading details surrounding Lara's life. I think this element of the novel will be difficult to read for quite a few people and features triggers for abuse (physical, emotional, an ...more
On the surface Lara's life looks perfect. Perfect husband Massimo. Perfect son Sandro. Lara knows something about Massimo. A secret she can never share.
Maggie is married to Nico. Nico is Massimo's brother. Nico has a daughter from his first marriage. Maggie discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret.
This is an emotional roller coaster to read. Gripping in parts with some good characters. Remember an ...more
Some of the writing was good which is why I have given it 3 stars.
The days of the traditional mum, dad and their 2.4 children have long gone now and family dynamics have changed dramatically du ...more
Apart from the lack of real drama there were some lazy inconsistencies: a character speaking in the first person who was apparently "thick" and "uneducated" but who used words like 'alacrity'; a regional swimming final that saw Brighton compete against Newcastle...
I don't know if this was rushed out to press in time fo ...more
The Farinelli's have lived on the same street for years. Their mother, Anna, lives in the childhood home alone. While the oldest brother, Massimo, lives with his second wife of 10 years, Lara, and their child Sandro next door to his youngest brother, Nico. Massimo is divorced from his first wife who did not want children. Nico is curren ...more
The Silent Wife is absolutely fabulous! It’s about families and the complicated webs that exist within them, about how people lie to protect themselves and others. I loved the way that Ms Fisher slowly revealed the family’s secrets and how she created such real and raw emotion along the way. The female c ...more
The story was decent, the writing a little less than decent, but it was a quick read with good, though infuriating, characters.
I was on the fence about whether to read this or not, but it has such a high rating, I went for it. Eh, I kind of wish I hadn't bothered.
I'd like to give it a 2.5, but since we can only do whole number ratings, I rounded it up to 3 because I liked it more than I didn't.
All families are crazy. This is what my great-grandmother used to say. Boy did she was right! Families are tricky, you are handled carefully weaved small threads, connections to all those people that share your name and blood – or not, and those little bonds get tangled, they loosen, they get older, they keep messing with your head. Families are a blessing. But families can also be a curse!
The Farinellis, a seemingly nice and happy big Italian family, know all about what a family is about. At le...more
As you can see from my rating, this book was just ok for me. It definitely had a lot of potential because of the subject matter, but it just never got too exciting to read. It actually took me much longer to read this book than I first anticipated. To be completely honest, I was a little disappointed in this book.
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This story sucked me in from the very first page and kept me glued until the ending. Real life was being a pain and kept me from reading straight through in one sitting, but if I hadn't been so crazy busy, I would have never put this baby down. Maggie was one of my most favorite heroines ever. She was sweet, compassionate, funny, and her inner monologues had me laughing my ass off. I adored Maggie's mother too-she was such a force of nature! Maggie put up with so much shit from ...more
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 ...more
For the most part, her character ...more
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'The Silent Wife' is the latest book by Kerry Fisher and one I've been so excited about. Back in 2015 I read Kerry's book 'The Island Escape' and immediately fell in love with her writing, the way she explores friendship and made me recognize parts of myself in both of her main characters. Needless to say then that I had such high hopes for 'The Silent Wife' and now after I've read it, I can say I wasn't disappointed.
As I'm already mentioning Kerry's bo ...more
This contemporary book is told through the eyes of two women. Maggie, newly married to Nico and competing with his first wife who passed away only a couple years ago. Her integration into his family is not going as well as she would have liked. Lara, married to Nico's brother, Massimo, is quiet, withdrawn and a prisoner in her own marriage. However, on the surface, ...more
I eagerly anticipated reading The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher after really enjoying her previous novel, After The Lie. There is always a little trepidation in reading the latest novel by an author you have previously enjoyed as you hope it will live up to the expectations you have. I am pleased to say that Fisher has delivered again with an enthralling book that is unputdownable.
Told in first person narrative by the two main characters Maggi ...more
The Silent Wife is a wonderful read. It is a terrific mix of emotion laced with humor. The main thrust of the story is the rocky road traveled by those thrust into a blended family situation. The field turns out to be even more treacherous when t ...more
Shortly before publication day rolled around, this book—previously titled The Secrets of Second Wives— was given a makeover. While I didn't dislike the original title and cover image, I have to agree that the changes were for the best. The new cover image is captivating; the new title succinct and just a bit mysterious.
I've come to expect characters who feel authentic and stay true to their roles in Fisher's book ...more