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

The Silent WifeWhat’s it about?

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 affluent Chicago lifestyle could disintegrate at any moment, Jodie knows everything is at stake. It’s only now she will discover just how much she’s truly capable of…

My thoughts

Here’s another book that I’ve waited too long to read and unfortunately slightly let me down a little.

I like my thrillers to be fast paced and without wanting to sound cliched, a page turner but this just wasn’t either.

It’s told in turn in Him and Her chapters which was good, I like that it gives an insight from both sides into the marriage and inevitably its destruction. I didn’t find it to be a thriller at all in the conventional sense, each other’s plotting is about as thriller-ish as it gets.

As I was reading I was just getting more and more frustrated as neither of the main characters have anything likeable about them and you soon learn what a completely selfish character Todd is, thinking he can have it all; Jodi and an affair and that it would all be ok and Jodi is just as annoying being quite weak willed and just happy to put up with it.

It’s very slow to get started and nothing really happens till the sleeping pill scene and then it’s not what you think, I was hoping that this would deliver more. The pace doesn’t really pick up till part two which is all Jodi but it’s still full of more pschyo therapy talk relating to Jodi’s work but it was just too much and a bit boring.

Overall, I actually think I’ve read a different book to those quoted on the front cover and no where near deserves the Gone Girl comparisons I’m afraid.

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  1. 8th November 2014 / 11:59 am

    I’m with you on this one. I bought it after reading Gone Girl, but was pretty disappointed. I didn’t care about either character and the pace was so slow….

  2. 8th November 2014 / 12:35 pm

    I had this down as a book I wanted to read for quite a while but I’ve read too many reviews like yours which made me decide this wasn’t for me.. I hope your next read has more action.

    • 8th November 2014 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Cleo. I do too!

  3. 8th November 2014 / 1:57 pm

    I read this absolutely ages ago, and really liked it. I got it cheaply on Amazon, and I had no expectations, which is a good thing, I think. Since then of course it’s been put out in paperback, and (like everything else!) been given the Gone Girl comparisons…which means many readers are disappointed, as it’s a much slower book.

    • 8th November 2014 / 3:25 pm

      This is the thing with social media and reviews available at your fingertips, it can spoil your reading experience. I try to stay away from reviews and comments for books I have yet to read but it’s nearly impossible.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂

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