Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Jodi and Todd Brett have been married for twenty years. Their relationship has gradually settled into a passionless rut. Even though they have become less and less emotionally connected, Jodi is satisfied with the comfortable routine of life together in their urban condo, walking the dog, cooking delicious dinners and sipping martinis. In spite of the fact that Todd is a chronic cheater, Jodi has convinced herself that as long as she turns a blind eye to his adulterous habits, nothing has to change. But when Todd makes the decision to leave Jodi for his pregnant mistress, Jodi’s carefully constructed illusion slowly evaporates. As her mind begins to crack, she dares to consider the unimaginable.

In a style reminiscent of Gone Girl, Harrison's The SilentWife alternates between the points of view of Jodi and Todd, creating a dark suspense. Harrison’s writing is simple but sumptuous, and it’s easy to empathize with both characters as their lives steadily spin out of control and hurtle past the point of no return. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, try He’s Gone by Deb Caletti, another chilling novel involving a married couple who harbor unsavory secrets.

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