The Pocket Wife

The Pocket Wife

by Susan Crawford


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A stylish psychological thriller with the compelling intrigue of The Silent Wife and Turn of Mind and the white-knuckle pacing of Before I Go to Sleep—in which a woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend.

Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor Celia is brutally murdered. To Dana’s horror, she was the last person to see Celia alive. Suffering from mania, the result of her bipolar disorder, she has troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia’s death.

Her husband’s odd behavior and the probing of Detective Jack Moss create further complications as she searches for answers. The closer she comes to piecing together the shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her . . . or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again?

A story of marriage, murder, and madness, The Pocket Wife explores the world through the foggy lens of a woman on the edge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062362858
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Susan Crawford grew up in Miami, Florida, and graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in English and a minor in psychology. She later moved to New York City and then Boston before settling in Atlanta to raise three daughters and work in the field of adult education. A member of the Atlanta Writers Club and the Village Writers, Susan teaches at Georgia Piedmont Technical College and dabbles in local politics. She lives with her husband and a trio of rescue cats in Atlanta, where she enjoys reading books, writing books, rainy days, and spending time with the people she loves.

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Cassandra Campbell began doing voice overs as the voice for Calvin Klein's Italian commercials. This was followed by commercial and documentary recording in both English and Italian. She has recorded many audiobooks and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie(R) Award nomination. As an actress and director, she has worked at the Public, the Mint, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stagewest, Theatreworks, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Millmountain Theatre, the National Shakespeare Company, and the New York Fringe Festival.

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The Pocket Wife 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
CoppertopBC More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended this book to me. I'm not usually the psychological thriller type, but there are bi-polar issues in my family, so the idea of a self-medicating bi-polar main character  was too good to pass up. The book was a real roller coaster ride and by the end of the first paragraph I had signed on for the whole trip. Yes, the book kept me guessing till the very end, but I also appreciated the author's ability to portray a character who is right on the edge of crazy, and how she maintains her sanity for the sole purpose of finding out if she killed her friend. Also, it felt a bit more literary than a typical "find the murderer" fiction. I liked that. Maybe I'm a thriller reader after all!
48GIRL More than 1 year ago
If you liked Girl On A Train and Gone Girl, you'll like this book. Very good book, very quick read.
lindyLW More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, couldn`t put it down, I was up till 3 am reading and finished the next morning. A truly great mystery, I can`t wait for her next book. It kept you turning pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well-written novel that holds the reader's interest from start to finish. I couldn't put it down!
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
The Pocket Wife is a standalone, psychological thriller/mystery novel written by Susan H. Crawford. This is her debut novel...and what a debut!! Throughout my reading experience, I remained invested in this story and its characters. My favorite elements of this book were the complexity of the characters's lives and the various relationship dynamics going on. It was sad but also immensely engaging! The main character, Dana suffers from mental illness and the parts of this story that were shared through her perspective were frighteningly fascinating! Her manic episodes result in memory problems, reality distortion, and paranoia for poor Dana. It doesn't take much to get her to a breaking point when she just doesn't know what’s real and what’s not. But she knows she was very likely the last one to see her friend alive and now she just has to explore the potholes of her memory for a clue as to what really happened. While she struggles through the daily fog in her mind, the detective assigned to the case, Jack, has his own stressors that are shared through his individual perspective. Both Dana and Jack are likable characters, but with their combined stress in this book, the reader is sure to be at risk for going a bit crazy themselves as everybody involved becomes an easy suspect. As the end neared, I did figure out who the killer was (and btw, the fact I was right surprised me to no end because I am usually embarrassingly blindsided). I typically stay in the dark during these types of books but maybe it’s a good sign I finally figured it out for once...or maybe it was just a lucky guess - the latter being the most probable haha. Although now having experienced a mystery novel both ways, I have to admit I enjoy the surprise factor much better!  Overall, I thought The Pocket Wife was a great book and I would recommend it to fans of the genres listed. Experiencing this story via audio was enjoyable and the level of suspense was enough to keep my earphones in during every available moment. Give it a try! My favorite quote: "The col­ors, the conversations, everything is much more vibrant and inclusive, as if opening a book releases genies trapped inside. The scenes and people between their covers sometimes seem more vivid than real life, with their sunny, pearl-toothed characters, the witty con­versation, the handsome stranger squeezed into a subway car or knocking about on the street. Sometimes, when she finishes a book at record speed, Dana feels a slight letdown, as if a good friend has hung up the phone in the middle of a conversation." I just love that quote, don't you?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this up to read on a cross-country trip and found it to be very good. The story-line kept my interest and nothing was too schmaltzy--except finding the kitten. I wasn't overly surprised by the ending, but wasn't expecting it either. Maybe I'm getting complacent. Anyway, it's a good weekend read, and not too much psycho goimg on.
Cecilia_Dominic More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I critiqued this book while it was in process and received a copy from the author. This did not affect my review or rating, especially since it changed a lot between the group and publication. As a psychologist, I found Crawford's portrayal of bipolar and main character Dana's descent into a mixed episode to be very compelling and vivid. The mystery is also well-done, and the characters are round and interesting. I recommend this one who's looking for a mystery/suspense with a different twist.
dheinz More than 1 year ago
This was a very well written book. I could not put it down! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susan Crawford's The Pocket Wife is one of those rare books that combines compulsive readability, an intriguing plot, and beautifully constructed language. The Pocket Wife follows Dana Catrell, who suffers bipolar disorder, as she tries to piece together the mystery of who killed her neighbor, Celia. She was murdered during one of Dana's blackouts, and Dana can't be sure that she wasn't responsible for the killing herself. With her beautifully wrought language and knack for keeping us guessing, Crawford will take you a fascinating journey you won't soon forget.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Dana Catrell has struggled with bipolar disorder since college. Her son is grown, away at college, and her relationship with her husband has changed…and not for the better. Her husband, Peter, treats her as if she isn’t important and can be tucked away in a pocket to deal with later. When her neighbor, Celia, is found murdered, Dana realizes she was the last to see her alive and because she’s swinging up into a manic period, her memory of that night is fractured at best. Dana’s impending descent into madness has her unraveling at the seams and she can’t trust anyone – not even herself. Detective Jack Moss is in charge of the murder investigation and he comes with his own baggage which could affect this case. However, as he searches for the truth he may be the only lifeline Dana Catrell has in this world. THE POCKET WIFE is a mystery which hinges on the hazy recollections of a woman who isn’t sure if there is a monster within her or one waiting and watching in the shadows. It’s obvious to anyone who has bipolar disorder that Dana doesn’t take care of herself and spends too much time self-medicating which results in the wild swings which take her from the heights of mania to the depths of depression. This doesn’t lend well to her being a reliable witness, let alone a reliable person overall. As Dana desperately tries to reconcile the truth with the fiction her mind has created, she may just run out of time. THE POCKET WIFE is an engaging mystery with robust characters and a good twist at the end.
csmmom More than 1 year ago
This was just ok. It had a weird dual POV that was not consistent. The main narrator was unreliable which made for a decent mystery but I didn't really like the story or the writing style. I've read better mystery stories than this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not really comparable to Girl on the Train. About 76% of the way I knew who the killer was and the other 24% was just willing myself to finish the book. Overall I'd give it an "ehhh" out of 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Kept me completely enthralled throughout. Couldn't put it down! Loved it so much, I already bought the author's next novel, 'The Other Widow'. I'm waiting to read it on an upcoming vacation- can't wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No spoilers. Just an average thriller for me. It took me a little while to get into but once I did, it kept me turning the pages. The author does a good job of pointing the finger at alot of suspects and I had a hard time deciding who to trust. I did figure it out about 80% of the way through, although it wasn't revealed until the last few pages who the killer was. A little far fetched, but that's typical for this type of story. I would recommend if you like untrustworthy narrators, but not quite on par with the girl on the train or other big psychological thriller hits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't agree with the review about if you like GIRL ON A TRAIN (very good book by the way) that you'll like this book also. It was good but not fabulous. A bit slow in some parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great character development with just the right amount of twists and turns throughout the story, Unfortunately my nook version screwed up the page sequence near the end for about 6 pages or so, i was still able to make sense of the page mess up and I liked the ending.
TaraDGoodyear More than 1 year ago
Book: The Pocket Wife Author: Susan Crawford Grade: 4.53 out of 5 The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford pulls you in right from the start when Dana Catrell awakes from a drunken, groggy slumber to learn her friend and neighbor two doors down has been brutally murdered. The writing is sharp, the plot full of intrigue, and Ms. Crawford paints a very realistic picture of the perfect housewife who isn't so perfect after all.  Dana Catrell leads the picture-perfect life just a short drive outside of Manhattan. On the surface, her biggest struggle is dealing with her empty home since her son went off to college. However, when Celia is murdered and Dana was possibly the last person to see her besides the murderer, Dana finds her life spiraling out of control. She is questioned by police, and her husband, Peter, doesn't seem remotely affected by the fact that there is a killer on the loose. In fact, Peter isn't affected by much - including his wife.  Dana knows her mind is her worst enemy, but could she really be a murderer? The problem is Dana doesn't remember and the one person who cared enough to help is dead. Dana, in a full-blown manic episode, decides to investigate her friends murder, believing she will solve what Detective Jack Moss seems to be having trouble figuring out. Can Dana find out if she is the one to blame before Detective Moss closes in? Will her husband step up and help her solve this unspeakable crime, or is it too late for them too? Susan Crawford weaves a gripping, psychological thriller where every character needs something from someone else. If you're looking for a page turner this summer that's got guts, grit, and gusto, check out The Pocket Wife. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding, couldn't tear myself away from it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of those novels that once started must be read, interrupted only by necessity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really dragged. I only finished it because I hate to start a book and not finish it but it was a struggle!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tellafriend More than 1 year ago
A quickly paced literary coup within its genre whose characters, despite their many challenges, manage to waltz rather than jitterbug, gliding gracefully by, rather than tripping over, one another. From the protagonist's cheating hearted husband and his tarty unnamed mistress number one (or was it number two…?) to Detective Jack Moss, the most resolute champion any bi-polar damsel-in-distress-under-suspicion-of-murder protagonist could hope for, to Dana, (the bi-polar damsel-in-distress-under-suspicion-of-murder) whose inner dialogue carries much of the action, envelops a well-crafted cast of characters with a wry, off-balanced, sense of humor and so much heart, murderess or not, I couldn't help but root for her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great twist. Really keeps you guessing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not horrible but didn't keep me up wanting to read like most murder mysteries do. I thought it would be better with the reviews it got.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago