The Silent Wife (A. S. A. Harrison)

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A chilling psychological thriller about a marriage, a way of life, and how far one woman will go to keep what is rightfully hers.

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. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.

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This book was excruciating. I should have known that from the minute I seen the caption “So much better than Gone Girl!!” on the back of the book *face palm*. Gone Girl wasn’t good, I should have known from that point on. Authors, when you have people blurb your book, and they put anything relevant to Gone Girl on the cover, I won’t read it. I’ve learned my lesson. Please stop doing it!

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My biggest complaint with this book was I wanted to know how the story ends, I knew it just HAD to be good but then I got to the end and was left with a blank stare on my face. Really? That’s the ending you’re giving me? Where is the twist? The OMG factor? The “how did that happen!?!” moment? Not to mention I was already irked off enough because this book is marketed as “thriller” and “suspense” but there was none of that. It was a basic book. With a basic ending.

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Another thing I didn’t like was the random scenes thrown in throughout the entire book. Scenes that played no relevance to the plot. None at all. I got to the end and said “okay, so what was the point with blah blah blah?” Spoiler alert: THERE WAS NO POINT.

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When you read the blurb, you’re expecting a chilling and high suspense novel but the story itself is not that. The story was boring. Point blank. No climax, no plot, no story line, boring characters, dull. The title? How is Jodi a silent wife? She very much was vocal and present, I don’t get it. I’m still lost. How do you like a book with not one but two unlikeable characters? I have no idea.

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