The Silent Wife is a story where you begin knowing the ending. Jodi is the killer and Todd, her cheating husband, is the victim. Through the 300+ pages unfolds a tale told in alternating viewpoints as Todd falls deeper and deeper into his affair and Jodi maintains a silent, stoic face of denial even as the last straw is about to break the camel’s back.
I had heard great things about this book and took the opportunity to finally get to it as part of Penguin Canada’s Daily December Delights feature. The Silent Wife is a thought-provoking suspense thriller that raises some interesting topics of discussion on psychology and relationship dynamics. I found that I both felt for, and loathed, Jodi for her detached state of denial. It’s an eyebrow-raising dynamic that she chooses to maintain such apathy in the face of the mounting evidence.
It’s a relatively simple concept, in essence a he said/she said narrative, with the alternating points of view. However the pacing and revelations that the characters divulge over time work fantastically to tell the story in this manner. Enough is revealed in each voice that makes the reader piece together what’s going on on their own as well as leave enough out to keep the mystery alive.
Truly, I can’t believe I hadn’t read this sooner. The Silent Wife has been compared to Gone Girl, and I can see the comparison however I actually felt more compelled with this novel. That being said, fans of the novel by Gillian Flynn will also devour this book by the late A.S.A. Harrison.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4 /5 stars)
Available: June 25, 2013
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A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Read as part of Penguin Canada’s 2013 December Daily Delights.