Friday, April 11, 2014

Book Club Friday-- The Silent Wife.

GoodReads Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts:  This book has been compared to Gone Girl, and it is similar in the fact that it's about how far a woman can be pushed by an adulterous husband before she reaches her breaking point and then ultimately the drastic measures that she takes.  But it was also very, very different.  I have a hard time writing this review because I want to describe how intricately woven the story is and how intense it is, but I can't go into much detail without ruining the story.  It's SO good-- possibly even better than Gone Girl.  From the very first page, you're told that her marriage has deteriorated so far that it has made her a killer, something she never thought she'd be.  The rest of the story is spent describing the events that led up to the murder and the aftermath.  It's a slow burning story building up to the twist at the end.

It may not be the book for everyone, but I absolutely loved it and definitely recommend it if you like suspenseful books or psychological thrillers.  And I'm incredibly sad that this is the one and only novel from A.S.A. Harrison before her death in 2013.