The Silent Wife
A NovelPaperback - 2013
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mawls Mar 06, 2014
This one received a lot of comparisons to Gone Girl, but I didn't think it lived up to that kind of hype. It's an interesting look at a marriage gone wrong and what happens when you keep emotions and the past bottled up.
By all accounts Harrison's sleeper hit is this year's Gone Girl. Let's see: couple's relationship is on the outs, check; psychological thriller, check; keeps you guessing, check. The next Gone Girl? Perhaps. Definitely worth checking out if you're looking for an engaging read with twists and turns.
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The cover of this book bills it as another "Gone Girl". It really isn't, but it was a good read nonetheless. Jodi is the wife of a real estate developer in Chicago. Her husband, a serial cheater, falls for and impregantes the daughter of his best friend. Told thru the eyes of both Jodi and Todd, the story unravels the emotional rollercoaster of both characters. I became totally absorbed in the story. The authors writes Jodi as a tad emotionally aloof, which is who she really is. Todd is played as a man ruled by basal instincts - even though he cheats on Jodi, he deeply loves her. Some unrealistic events bring the story to its climax, but, for the most part, the characters were probably more believable than those in Gone Girl.
The story of a shaky marriage which reaches a crisis point when Todd gets his friend's daughter pregnant, and his wife Jodi is persuaded to hire a killer. Makes you reflect on the importance of communication and honesty in any relationship. I like the way it is told from both his and her perspective, and the way you don't know how it will end until the final pages.
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