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The Silent Wife: A Novel

The Silent Wife: A Novel

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by A. S. A. Harrison

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A chilling psychological thriller about a marriage, a way of life, and how far one woman will go to keep what is rightfully hers
Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward


A chilling psychological thriller about a marriage, a way of life, and how far one woman will go to keep what is rightfully hers
Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. 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. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.

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Publishers Weekly
Canadian author Harrison’s first novel is a smart, nuanced portrait of a dying marriage. Psychotherapist Jodi Brett is content with her tidy, tranquil existence—cooking for her husband, Todd Gilbert; walking the dog; seeing a few clients out of their gorgeous Chicago condo—while headstrong Todd works as a professional renovator. As Jodi sees it, they complement each other, and she doesn’t mind pretending to disregard Todd’s indiscretions (which he clumsily attempts to cover up) in exchange. Accepting the peccadillos of her adulterous husband is one thing, but when Todd takes his infidelity to the next level and tells her that he’s leaving her, the existence she’s clung to so dearly is destroyed. And Jodi will do anything to take it back. And she does. Harrison (Zodicat Speaks and three other nonfiction titles) breathes life into Adlerian psychology, and weaves theory into a heart-pounding thriller that will keep you up at night. Agent: Samantha Haywood, Transatlantic Literary Agency (Canada). (July)
Library Journal
Jodi has led a quietly ordered and opulent life with her partner, Todd, for the past 20 years. She considers herself to be a flexible and understanding better half, who reacts to Todd's indiscretions by cooking him his favorite meal to remind him of their stable home life. A psychiatrist, she perceives an insurmountable difference between herself and her clients, whom she thinks would benefit from accepting the low points of their lives along with the high ones. But the events that Todd is about to set in motion will test Jodi's limits to a harrowing degree and cause a secret that she buried long ago to resurface. Told in the alternating voices of Jodi and Todd, Harrison's novel is the story of what happens when the life we've worked so hard to achieve is exposed as an illusion. VERDICT Reminiscent of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, Harrison's (Zodicat Speaks) fiction debut is at once coolly detached and heartbreakingly accurate. Sure to be a hit with psychological-thriller fans.—Caitlin Bronner, St. Joseph's Coll. Lib., Brooklyn, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Harrison's first novel tells the story of a couple splitting apart, with alternating chapters featuring the viewpoints of the main characters. Jodi Brett and her longtime companion, Todd Gilbert, have been in a satisfying 20-year relationship. Jodi, a psychotherapist, works out of their expensive Chicago condominium, seeing two clients a day during the week and spending the remainder of her time taking classes in flower arranging, walking their golden retriever, Freud, and preparing gourmet meals. Todd, who worked his way up in independent development by flipping properties, had an unhappy childhood. Their comfortable life, marred only by his occasional straying eye, seems to suit them both, at least until he catches sight of Natasha. The daughter of an old friend, Natasha is no longer a pimply teenager with black nail polish and garishly dyed hair. Instead, she has turned into a curvaceous coed who becomes involved in a tempestuous relationship with Todd, the man Jodi thought would always be there for her. Now, Natasha is demanding that Todd leave Jodi and seems determined to make that happen, even if she has to resort to a few nasty tricks of her own. But Jodi isn't through with Todd, nor is she ready to roll over and play dead: In fact, if anything, she's prepared to make sure someone else meets that fate if that's what it takes to stop the events that threaten to disrupt her carefully ordered existence. Harrison, who in real life is also a psychotherapist, writes a neat atmospheric tale that examines life from both characters' points of view but sometimes works a bit too hard to cram extraneous detail into the story, particularly when it comes to psychotherapy and Jodi's present clients. While readers can probably get over a few mentions of Jodi's work, the Q-and-A style rendition of her own therapy and references to different schools of psychological thought may make readers' eyes glaze. Harrison pens a good, basic story stretched thin by unnecessary and distracting detail.

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"A.S.A. Harrison knocks it out of the park with her first novel The Silent Wife. With a spare, elegant, and deft hand, she paints two dueling psychological portraits of longtime live-in lovers who become putative killer and hapless victim in a tale that no one is likely to forget any time soon. I couldn't put this book down."—Elizabeth George, New York Times bestselling author of Believing the Lie
“What a deliciously wicked pleasure The Silent Wife was to read.  I love books where I can’t guess the outcome although I was rooting for Jodi all the way.  A very clever, very funny comedy of manners spliced with a domestic thriller.”—Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life and Case Histories
“Beautifully written and deeply unsettling, this darkly funny examination of what happens when you've got nothing left to lose is also brilliantly addictive. It left me almost breathless as I raced towards the devastating finale.”—S. J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep
“SUPERB… As a novel about the dark side of marriage and relationships, it's better than Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. A must read for anyone who is occasionally ruthless, reckless or psychologically weird - and anyone who loves clever books with depth and heart.”—Sophie Hannah, author of The Other Woman’s House
“Like a tiny crack in the windshield of destiny, The Silent Wife examines the ultimate shattering of a perfectly civilized marriage.  Intense, hypnotic, and thoroughly absorbing, Harrison challenges her characters to venture beyond their comfort zones, into a world where anything is possible, even murder."—Elizabeth Brundage, author of A Stranger Like You and The Doctor’s Wife
“A smart, nuanced portrait of a dying marriage…Harrison breathes life into Adlerian psychology, and weaves theory into a heart-pounding thriller that will keep you up at night.”—PW (starred review)

“This is an utterly compelling story, gorgeously written and with so many shocks and surprises that I raced through it to find out what happens next. My highest recommendation.”—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Gravity
"Reminiscent of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Harrison’s fiction debut is at once coolly detached and heartbreakingly accurate. Sure to be a hit with psychological-thriller fans."--Library Journal

“A chilling portrait of a relationship gone terribly awry. Harrison takes the reader down a wickedly twisted path that has us at once rooting for and wary of the protagonists. A breathtaking story that will keep you reading well into the night and wide awake long after the final page.”—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence

 “A gripping story of deception, denial and double-edged revenge. The Silent Wife combines taut pacing and psychological nuance to haunting and memorable effect.”—Nancy Richler, author of The Imposter Bride

Meet the Author

A. S. A. Harrison is the author of four books of nonfiction. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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The Silent Wife 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 285 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wish these plot spoilers would learn how to write a review. A review is simply a few lines telling if you liked the book or not. You do not have to write a book report on it, this is not high school or college, where you have to give away every detail including the ending. You plot spoilers ruin it for other readers. And before some smart aleck says dont read them....i dont. But when you have to scroll past miles of posts where they tell every detail, you will see something that gives away the story, thereby ruining it for you. Please plot spoikers, have the decency to think of other ppl and stop ruining books by telling the entire plot line. Please stop it. Bn, please ban these ppl, please?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree! Please just give us a review not a darn book report!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did read "Gone Girl" and it ended with me wanting more. This book was awesome. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is dramatic and mysterious with a few unexpected twists. I enjoyed reading it.
Atthebeach More than 1 year ago
This is NOT, as some readers say, another Gone Girl. But it is pretty darned good. Not as much creepiness as Gone Girl; not as spine-shivering psychologically. But a good story with a bit of mystery and an ending that surprises even after you think you have it all figured out. It's not spoiling to say that I disliked the husband from the beginning and kept saying she had every right to kill him. It was surprising that her first attempt, such as it was, came so early in the book. And the story held on to me from there on out. The main character, Jodi, has many layers. It takes most of the book to see them all and understand why she handles things as she does. She's a psychologist and it's about psychology. Pretty interesting. Really worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well i was all set to read this, until i read the reviews. Please for the love of god, DON'T PUT SPOILERS IN YOUR REVIEW!!! Now I know what happens, stupid jackasses!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had a good flow, although it was a bit wordy towards the end. Harrison provides good descriptions throughout, making the reader feel as if they're living the lives of the characters. The ending had a twist to it & was a bit abrupt, but i've recommended it to others.
CS2222 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy psychological explorations into the mind. This is a fascinating peek into a damaged union, an exciting crime and psychological thriller that reveals the value of silence and time. A good plot, a lot of insight by an author who quite possibly lived it to get the details so right on. The is a very interesting read that is worth heeding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author uses a unique writing style and presentation of characters to paint a vivid canvas telling a familiar story of betrayal in a deeply personal and different way. A real page-turner through the end. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. A quick, page-turner. But to compare it to the masterpiece that is "Gone Girl" is a bit of a stretch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone said this is the next "Gone Girl", not even close! Was not surprised or even interested. The characters in this book are not all that interesting or deep for that matter. It was a challenge to finish, but I did hoping for that dramatic twist that never came to light.
Shauna19 More than 1 year ago
The Silent Wife was entertaining and had a interesting plot but, was a bit slow at times. In my opinion I wouldn't compare to this book to Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl because I feel Gone Girl's plot was more unique and original than The Silent Wife.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been compared extensively to Gone Girl, but it is much more of a psychological thriller. Yes it involves mystery and suspense, but it is all about what psychologically leads to a murder. I have to admit, maybe I enjoyed it because I am a psychology student so I understood all the psychology facts and references. With this said, it may have seemed a bit slow otherwise. Overall it was interesting and I had a hard time putting it down, but unless you are interested in the psychological aspects of humans, it may not appeal to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked Gone Girl and i liked the Silent Wife. Interesting twist to tell you the end of the book upfront. It was good to see how it unfolded.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book captured my interest from beginning to end. It is a well writen thriller for anyone who knows what it like to be in a complicated romantic relationship. As a soon to be pyschologist i also apprciated the way Harrison portrayed the womans professional life among her personal one. A must read, i promise after you're done you will be anxious to read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author takes the reader on a psychological journey into the hearts and minds of the main chatacters. You are able to see their raw thoughts and often warped logic. A terrific read that i would highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story and characters very much. It's a fun read - I think it's not serious enough for my book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A psychological thriller with many insights into the behaviors of the main characters .which not only kept me turning the pages but caused me to pause and ponder human behavior in relationship to our childhoods. Had everything, well developed plot and characters and mystery to boot. CherieSG
Mingskencik More than 1 year ago
The book peaks your interest in the first few pages and really is a hard book to put down. A very enjoyable read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had Avery interesting twist but overall was just okay.
SuseNJ More than 1 year ago
Superb book. Simply told, but with an underlying intense emotional depth for both Jodi and Todd, that develops quickly and extremely suspensefully. For the intelligent reader.
MahMah More than 1 year ago
Whoever it was who coined that old adage would likely agree with me that in the case of THIS story's 'WIFE'... silence is not only golden, but is totally life redeeming! For all women who are partnered with a Todd-like character (and who of us, much to our dismay, wouldn't LOVE to be?) the author of this book (may she rest in peace) has provided a smart guide on how to triumph in the end by the not so simple act of keeping ones fears and evil thoughts from erupting through ones mouth!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was not as good as I hoped it would be. Should NOT be compared to Gone Girl that book was soooooo damn good.
bmwill More than 1 year ago
This book was touted as this years Gone Girl,,,,,not even close. The characters were all deeply flawed, it was impossible to like any of of them. It was a struggle getting through it.