Author: A.S.A. Harrison
Published: 2013 by Headline Publishing Group, a Hachette UK Company
Read: November 2013
Categories: Fiction, contemporary, crime
Why it made it to the top of the pile: I read some fantastic reviews of this book, comparing it favourably to Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, which I enjoyed earlier this year.
Trivia Tidbit: While this is Susan (A.S.A) Harrison's first novel, she published a non-fiction collection of interviews with women, called Orgasms, in 1974. She died in April 2013, just prior to the publication of The Silent Wife.
Full Disclosure: Purchased
The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Jodi and Todd, allowing the reader access to each of their thoughts, crucial in understanding the motives of unreliable narrators. They are not particularly likeable protagonists, but there are elements of vulnerability in both of them that allow the reader to care (if only a little) about their fate.
Witnessing the breakdown of this relationship feels like watching a car crash. You can see the oncoming vehicle, but no amount of shouting can stop the slow-motion impact. The novel is cleverly written, and is best described as an unsettling psychological thriller. Cheating husbands, beware the silent wife.