Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Review: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Title: The Silent Wife
Author: A.S.A. Harrison
Publisher: Headline
Pages: 384
Genres: Thriller, Psychological

The Silent Wife

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 Chicago lifestyle. But there has also been little to hold it together, and beneath the surface lie ever-widening cracks. 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. When it becomes clear that their precarious world could disintegrate at any moment, Jodie knows she stands to lose everything. It's only now she will discover just how much she's truly capable of...

I am perplexed why this book has so many unfavourable ratings, I thought it was pretty good. 

The book spotlights the messy dissolution of a twenty-odd year relationship between Todd and Jodi. The reader is told very early on that the guy is murdered by his 'wife' and what follows is a fascinating portrayal of two very different mindsets. Jodi is fairly satisfied with her life with Todd, they have no children, never married and so their days consist of comforting routines and familiarity; the problem is that Todd wants more. 

This book is just so fascinatingly psychological, (perhaps I am biased because I have a massive interest in psychology) but damn I found it gripping. Todd is infuriatingly dense and so typically going through the 'mid life crisis' but I could understand how he felt and why he felt that way. However, Jodi was extremely relatable to me, at first she is a character that needs to be given a slap but by the end of the book she became a sympathetic figure. 

What was so great about this book is that the situation that Jodi and Todd find themselves partaking in is so common, everybody knows a couple whose relationship has broken down in a very similar fashion. I like how both characters are portrayed as 'grey', there isn't a clear villain here which mirrors real life and breathes realism into the story. 

I would highly recommend for anyone that wants to read a disturbing portrayal of a breakdown of a relationship.


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