This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here BR with Her Majesty La Lionne, aka Space Giver Merriam Webster dictionary defines thriller as a work of fiction or drama designed to hold the interest by the use of a high degree of intrigue, adventure, or suspense synonyms cliff hanger, hair raiser, suspenser, nail biter I don t know about other people, but IMO, this book has all the components of a psychological thriller It is interesting, suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat, especial BR with Her Majesty La Lionne, aka Space Giver Merriam Webster dictionary defines thriller as a work of fiction or drama designed to hold the interest by the use of a high degree of intrigue, adventure, or suspense synonyms cliff hanger, hair raiser, suspenser, nail biter I don t know about other people, but IMO, this book has all the components of a psychological thriller It is interesting, suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat, especially the second half.Yes, Your Majesty, it is the story of a relationship gone horribly wrong, because view spoiler no relationship should end in murder hide spoiler Yes, the narrative might be considered difficult and monotonous at times, but I actually found it soothing Yes, the characters felt robotic, but I prefer to think they settled into a comfortable routine in which he comes home from a hard day at work view spoiler where he lusts after his secretary hide spoiler and his partner greets him with drinks, a hot meal and very little conversation.The characters are complicated and come with a lot of baggage Todd is the embodiment of the Oedipus complexand Jodi is his best shot at being reunited with his mommy She is the perfect home maker, as pure in bed view spoiler she doesn t move, she just lies there hide spoiler as his mother was to him when he was growing up But as any man going through a mid life crisis, he needs a younger, dirtier girl woman to keep him interested in life So he goes ahead and impregnates his best friend s daughter.Natasha that s the home wrecker s name is everything Jodi is not young, chatty and willing to get married and have kids But you know what, Natasha Jodi grew up in a messed up family Whenever her parents used to fight, they would just stop communicating Her mother would stop talking to her father and at one time they didn t speak for a year.Could the title refer to Jodi s mom giving her husband the silent treatment Jodi uses silence as a passive aggressive weapon But she s a psychologist You d think she d practice what she preaches.I don t know Maybe it s the pent up frustration and lack of real communication between them, maybe Jodi just snaps, but when Todd unintentionally humiliates her and demands that she move out of their condo, she gets scared and is manipulated into following a friend s suggestion of view spoiler having Todd killed by hired gunmen Jodi isn t the only one who wants Todd dead Dean, the twinkie s dad, also hires some guys to kill Todd In all the confusion, it is Jodi s assassins that manage to take Todd out, but Dean is the one to pay in prison Now this was an awesome twist hide spoiler There are as many interpretations to all the events in this book Jodi s older brother abusing her younger brother, Todd s violent father and his loss of innocence as he was forced to hit him in order to defend his beloved mother etc as there are opinions on it so I won t exhaust them I ll just say that this psychological thriller that s right, I said it DID live up to my expectations Do not compare it to Gone Girl The only resemblance between them is that they are both very well written and the characters are complex and unique 5 stars RIP A.S.A Harrison Jodi and Todd take turns telling the story of the final months of their crumbling marriage Reasons for the low rating 1 It was NOT a psychological thriller A thriller would mean something thrilling happens during the book, right 2 Stop comparing books to Gone Girl As always, apples and orangutans The book wasn t completely horrible I was able to get through it pretty quickly However, it had some real lulls in the action with page upon page spent describing the most mundane activit Jodi and Todd take turns telling the story of the final months of their crumbling marriage Reasons for the low rating 1 It was NOT a psychological thriller A thriller would mean something thrilling happens during the book, right 2 Stop comparing books to Gone Girl As always, apples and orangutans The book wasn t completely horrible I was able to get through it pretty quickly However, it had some real lulls in the action with page upon page spent describing the most mundane activities and the big twists and turns at the end were very meh I found I didn t care enough about these characters to give a s t whether they lived or died Those are the key ingredients for a 2 star rating Sorry, but this is not a chilling psychological thriller It s a literary exploration of what happens when people get comfortable and let life just happen to them Parts of it were actually quite good But sticking the phrase a few short months are all it will take to make a killer out of her on the first page doesn t make a book a thriller, not when there s nothing else sustaining the suspense through the majority of the book It s not bad, but it s definitely been mis marketed Plenty of psy Sorry, but this is not a chilling psychological thriller It s a literary exploration of what happens when people get comfortable and let life just happen to them Parts of it were actually quite good But sticking the phrase a few short months are all it will take to make a killer out of her on the first page doesn t make a book a thriller, not when there s nothing else sustaining the suspense through the majority of the book It s not bad, but it s definitely been mis marketed Plenty of psychology Little to no thrill review copy received via NetGalley 2 stars Out of respect for the author, who s no longer with us, I ll try to refrain myself from ranting like I usually do when I don t enjoy the book, and give only my honest opinion.I saw this book mentioned in the article, when I was looking for a thriller to read I was in the mood for something dark and twisted and stumbled upon couple of articles where this book was described as the next big thing and this summers Gone Girl But the thing that got me was thisWith a spare, elegant 2 stars Out of respect for the author, who s no longer with us, I ll try to refrain myself from ranting like I usually do when I don t enjoy the book, and give only my honest opinion.I saw this book mentioned in the article, when I was looking for a thriller to read I was in the mood for something dark and twisted and stumbled upon couple of articles where this book was described as the next big thing and this summers Gone Girl But the thing that got me was thisWith a spare, elegant, and deft hand, she paints two dueling psychological portraits of longtime live in lovers who become putative killer and hapless victim in a tale that no one is likely to forget any time soon.Sounds good, doesn t it Some of the reviews said it was just as good as Gone Girl, others said it was even better So I dove in I personaly found this book extremely boring It s a story about a relationship gone wrong That s the only similarity to Gone girl.There was very little dialogue In some chapter there was no dialogue at all, apart from few lines of it when she was remembering something from her past Imagine reading a whole chapter 16 to 27 pages without a line of a dialogue I found wife s character robotic and uninteresting In the chapters told from wife s pov she goes on and on describing how she made dinner, washed the dishes, walked the dog, drove the car and endless descriptions of surrounding Almost in every chapter her husband comes home and she says Dinner is almost ready Can you make drinks Then we have her husband He is pretty much the same He comes home, eats and goes to bed, wakes up and goes to work They never talk about anything interesting They talk about her and his day at work, which I also found boring He says he cares about her, but I never felt it I felt no love or chemistry between them Not even in the parts from their past, were they just started dating You see that their relationship is falling apart, but I didn t feel the hate either The story was lacking emotions from both characters Give me something, hate, love, fear, heartache, sadness, something There was nothing trilling or suspenseful about their relationship and this whole story He is a cheating scumbag, and absolutely clueless to what s going on around him I thought the writing was monotonic Even the parts where something happened, where I should have gone WTH , were describes in the same tone as her washing dishes or walking a dog I didn t like that the ending was given away on the first page, suspense and mystery went with it A lot of her conversations with her shrink could have done with out Except from one part, the rest was completely irrelevant and added nothing to the story Same as her telling her husband about her clients or remembering her brother I didn t understand how that was relevant.I see that majority of readers enjoyed this book I did not I ve read quite a few psychological thrillers and I don t see this book as being one Yes, someone did die in the book, but it was written in a way that it didn t feel important or angsty A psychological triller should take a reader on an emotional roller coaster ride, should leave you guessing all throughout the book How can you do that if the ending is given away on the first page After I read the book, I felt tricked and cheated For the life of me I can t understand why this book is being compared to Gone girl It s simply a story about marriage gone wrong, that s all The book description implies that it s a dark and twisted read, and it s not I also don t get why the book is called The Silent Wife, view spoiler they aren t even married hide spoiler But I know my RB Alex loved it I m sure she have plenty of good things to say about it Here you can read her review, if she ever decides to post one.BR with Alex, aka Space Lover.If you ask me for space onetime 4.5Wow This book flipping fantastic But your enjoyment of it is probably going to hinge on the expectations you re carrying going in Despite some superficial similarities The Silent Wife IS NOT Gone Girl So if you loved Gone Girl and come seeking the same kind of tawdry, illicit, messed up thrills and shocking plot twists here you re probably going to be disappointed The Silent Wife is silent, as in very subtle It s a train wreck that happens at 15 miles per hour as opposed to 120 B 4.5Wow This book flipping fantastic But your enjoyment of it is probably going to hinge on the expectations you re carrying going in Despite some superficial similarities The Silent Wife IS NOT Gone Girl So if you loved Gone Girl and come seeking the same kind of tawdry, illicit, messed up thrills and shocking plot twists here you re probably going to be disappointed The Silent Wife is silent, as in very subtle It s a train wreck that happens at 15 miles per hour as opposed to 120 But Jesus, if you re like me, and crave that slow inexorable build to a very bad destination that you can see waiting on the horizon absolutely unavoidable then this book is for you.Also, I was pleased to discover that The Silent Wife is a modern noir piece with its roots firmly planted in the old black and white film noirs of the 1940 s The pleasure derived from classic noir movies is the opportunity to be the voyeur and watch the nasty transgressions unfold before you It s the thrill of observing morally compromised characters carry out immoral acts greed, lust, and murder oh my From the get go, you know the strait laced, buttoned up Jodi is going to murder her common law husband Todd what a cheating, lying bastard asshole he is But it s HOW we get there that s the addictive, sexy part And there is a rewarding twist which I loved that gets slid in there at the very end This is a remarkable book, so well executed Tragically, it will be the last from this author, who died last year from cancer Update This is a 1.99 Kindle special today a great psychological mystery thriller right to the very end of the book If you have missed this one its GOOD I read this book yesterday I thought it was a wonderful creepy even had me laughing mystery I tried to imagine my husband coming home night after night for 20 years KNOWING the guy was having his fun from time to time on the side and never talking about it living with it Cooking him fabulous dinnersHe walks in t Update This is a 1.99 Kindle special today a great psychological mystery thriller right to the very end of the book If you have missed this one its GOOD I read this book yesterday I thought it was a wonderful creepy even had me laughing mystery I tried to imagine my husband coming home night after night for 20 years KNOWING the guy was having his fun from time to time on the side and never talking about it living with it Cooking him fabulous dinnersHe walks in the door Honey I m home Shall I pour the wine FUN BOOK This book contains one of the biggest dirtbags I ve ever encountered in fiction His name is Todd.Here are some examples of what dirtbag activities he enjoys view spoiler Having sex with women, including his pregnant soon to be wife while knowing full well that he likely is HIV hide spoiler view spoiler Hitting a pregnant woman hide spoiler view spoiler Having sex with his best friend s 22 year old daughter hide spoiler view spoiler Cheating on the woman he s been with f This book contains one of the biggest dirtbags I ve ever encountered in fiction His name is Todd.Here are some examples of what dirtbag activities he enjoys view spoiler Having sex with women, including his pregnant soon to be wife while knowing full well that he likely is HIV hide spoiler view spoiler Hitting a pregnant woman hide spoiler view spoiler Having sex with his best friend s 22 year old daughter hide spoiler view spoiler Cheating on the woman he s been with for over a decade with innumerable other women, and prostitutes hide spoiler view spoiler Immediately suggesting his mistress get an abortion when he finds out that she s pregnant with his child hide spoiler He does a lot of other dirtbag stuff, but those are the biggest offenses.I was spending the majority of the book hoping Todd would die view spoiler Luckily, he did hide spoiler Todd s wife Jodi is another kettle of fish This woman is a psychologist, but probably not the kind you and I usually think of She hand picks her clients she only wants ones who aren t too damaged She never goes to conferences She does no research She practices in her home.A lot of people claim that Jodi is a doormat because she chooses to stay with Todd, even though she knows he is a cheater, and cheats on her a lot with a lot of different women However, in my opinion, she is NOT a doormat at all She knows what she needs and wants from the relationship and she gets it This is not doormat behavior She puts up with his crap because he gives her all the things she needs and wants and I m not talking about just material stuff here She loves to cook dinner for him when he gets home this is something she truly enjoys She loves to have someone to snuggle, someone in bed next to her at night, someone to go to parties with etc I did not think that Jodi was a doormat for accepting Todd s cheating behavior.I DO think Jodi had a problem with being passive aggressive view spoiler Stealing his keys, and giving him the sleeping pills she found in his pocket were the biggest examples hide spoiler But I think that this was something she learned in her childhood, from her family It definitely isn t the best way to deal with things, but I could understand why she was doing it.A lot of people were angry upon reading the book because they were upset that Jodi view spoiler did not marry Todd hide spoiler But this didn t bother me, as I completely understood her motivations and reasoning I didn t think she was the smartest, most assertive person she ALWAYS buries her head in the sand instead of researching, planning, or acting but I could understand WHY she was this way.The characters although not exactly likable are well crafted The story is well crafted, although slow moving this isn t as fast paced or exciting as GONE GIRL Harrison s writing is gorgeous and sometimes she offers insight into human thinking or daily life that is stunning.This is a good book, an interesting book, and a rather dark, intelligent, psychological thriller This was a good psychological thriller but it might not be for everyone The Silent Wife has already been reviewed to death so I will just say ONLY read this book if you can tolerate unlikeable characters Todd and Jodi are horrible It is mainly told in third person For me this was a good thing If it was first person I don t think I would have liked this book at all.If you can tolerate horrible characters definitely read it It s a descent story that twists and turns and has an ending that This was a good psychological thriller but it might not be for everyone The Silent Wife has already been reviewed to death so I will just say ONLY read this book if you can tolerate unlikeable characters Todd and Jodi are horrible It is mainly told in third person For me this was a good thing If it was first person I don t think I would have liked this book at all.If you can tolerate horrible characters definitely read it It s a descent story that twists and turns and has an ending that is hard to predict this book has been compared to gone girl, but that is a somewhat flawed n lazy comparison however, if your response to that book was any of the following Had a difficult time getting through this book didn t really care for the characters I hate the general misanthropy that infests most of modern fiction I prefer a book with at least one sympathetic character and I couldn t stand any of these people unlikable people doing unlikable things There wasn t a character you could even try to likethis book has been compared to gone girl, but that is a somewhat flawed n lazy comparison however, if your response to that book was any of the following Had a difficult time getting through this book didn t really care for the characters I hate the general misanthropy that infests most of modern fiction I prefer a book with at least one sympathetic character and I couldn t stand any of these people unlikable people doing unlikable things There wasn t a character you could even try to like you probably won t like this book the above responses are the kinds of responses that frustrate me when i read them no one is asking for you to become friends with these characters they aren t there for you to like me and catherine earnshaw would probably not get along over drinks, but the strength of that character as written is undeniable characters exist as participants in a story you are free to judge them, like or dislike them, but to dismiss the antihero in literature is to deprive yourself of about half of the world s published texts.the comparisons between these books pretty much begin and end with the observation that this is a novel told in alternating narratives of a couple who have been together a long time, who together have a perfectly psychologically symbiotic but ultimately toxic relationship, but individually are not the best people.but nothing else is really sticking, comparison wise the writing in this one is fardetached there is a dreamlike quality to it, and while the amy of g.g is relentless and driven, here we have a woman in stubborn denial, and a man who isacted upon than acting okay, that last part might be similar this is a story about the complicity of complacency, as pat and faux etic as that sounds we have a childless couple who met, fittingly, when they were involved in a car crash together, and have been in a common law marriage for twenty years he is a serial philanderer, she is a practiced conflict avoider and turn a blind eye er and they have co existed this way for twenty years he gets to sleep around and still come home to a spotless house and a gourmet meal, she gets to lead a life with all the fine things she covets and gets to feel useful in taking care of a man who needs to be taken care of which is frustrating no matter who the woman is, but in this case, we have a woman with multiple degrees who is a practicing therapist heal thyself no she does spend a lot of time in her head they both do, and although they seem to have a certain degree of self awareness, they also both have a lot of self delusion and tunnel vision This is not her fault None of this is her fault She did her best to make it work with Todd She was tolerant, understanding, and forgiving She was not grasping or possessive Unlike the women you see on the Dr Phil show, who fall to pieces when the randy fellow happens to stray Boo hoo Women the world over have been putting up with far worse for centuries Soul mates is a nice idea but rarely borne out in practice Marriage coaches like Dr Phil raise the bar too high, teach women to expect too much, and end up breeding discontent We live alone in our cluttered psyches, possessed by our entrenched beliefs, our fatuous desires, our endless contradictions and like it or not we have to put up with this in one another Do you want your man to be a man or do you want to turn him into a pussy Don t think you can have it both ways She did not make that mistake with Todd She gave him plenty of space He had nothing to complain about This is not her fault this is the price she is paying for her twenty year indulgence of todd s behavior because with the twenty year inch he has been given, he has taken a county his new girlfriend half his age and the daughter of his oldest friend has become pregnant and is demanding marriage and todd is letting himself get talked into it, in his panting sex blindedness and his desire not for a child, but for an heir a desire stubbornly refused by jodi all these years.but this new relationship is unfulfilling natasha is much younger, muchdemanding, messy, judgmental, dismissive, critical, bossy everything that jodi is not and todd s fatal mistake is not in impregnating another woman, or even leaving jodi, both of which she has accepted, overcome, and developed solutions for, and not for his attempts to have it all to continue his sexual relationship with jodi despite his pregnant fianc e at home his mistake is in rocking the boat threatening the comfort of the domestic charade jodi has so carefully constructed when he tries to have her evicted from their condo you do not mess with a domestic goddess place of business their unspoken marital arrangement has always hinged on the rule that you do not bring that life into this life, and the first time he does, there are repercussions and she unsheathes her claws, but this bigger transgression is going to leave deeper scratches.because illinois has no common law recognition, jodi has no rights, despite her years of service, and her religiously maintained two patients a day practice is not nearly enough to support the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed, and jodi is absolutely devoted to routine At forty five, Jodi still sees herself as a young woman She does not have her eye on the future but lives very much in the moment, keeping her focus on the everyday She assumes, without having thought about it, that things will go on indefinitely in their imperfect yet entirely acceptable way.and our girl is gonna protect that routine with all she s got.todd is a bizarre study he is pure self indulgence The indwelling presence was strong in him in his younger years in his childhood as he learned to distinguish himself from his parents, when he broke free and discovered the world at large, the exhilaration of it, and then as he found his feet in business and felt his power and his blamelessness, and when he first encountered Jodi, and through her the substance of communion He s a lover in love with the world, and when he s in form the world gives back It s how he wants to live every minute of every day He wants it all unwrapped He wants to look the barefaced mystery in the eye, be a participant, immersed not an observer, a packager, a regretter.This is not the way some people see it Jodi, for one But you can t live your life by other people s rules he does not understand why jodi is caught off balance by his canceling of her credit cards, or by his attempts to evict her, and while he is very self involved, his self awareness has its limits Seated on his stool after such a long absence he succumbs to a tender devotion, a reverence for this welcoming sanctuary with its quaint accoutrements and rituals, its shakers and strainers, goblets, flutes, and snifters, pickled onions and lemon twists, distinctive paper coasters, a different one for every drink, its buzzing congregation, and the secular priest behind the bar performing the time honored rites It makes him think of the church he used to attend with his mother, who raised him Roman Catholic, or tried to He never could get his head around the old man in the sky, but he was smitten from the start with the glamour and mystique of it the solemn processions, colorful robes, smoking censer, chanting and singing.He connected with the mystery and the rapture, and now he inhibits the bar at the Drake in much the same way.he has enough awareness to make the connection between the tokens of spirituality to the ritual of the bar, but he doesn t take it that one step further the things he appreciates and needs in his relationships are the very same domestic rituals, and natasha cannot provide them for him he needs the drink waiting for him at home, the folded newspaper, the elaborate meal he needs the walking of the dog and the view from his castle and without that, he falters his faltering comes in the shape of stasis, of being bullied by natasha into things he doesn t really want to do, into falling into old habits when he feels cornered, into letting his life live him and not taking a stand and waiting until the day he moves out to tell jodi he is leaving, and being baffled by her reaction he becomes hesitant and malleable.and the prey that hesitates is the prey that gets eaten.the gg comparison is a little misleading, the synopsis is a little misleading, but all in all i found this book fascinating and frustrating and thought provoking which is all a book should ever be expected to do.come to my blog Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in theirmarriage Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in theirbeautiful 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 andbreathes denial He exists in dual worlds she likes to settle scores He playsfor keeps she has nothing left to lose Told in alternating voices,TheSilent Wifeis about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a coupleheaded for catastrophe, concessions that cant be made, and promises that wontbe kept Expertly plotted,this debut novelensnares the listenerfrom page one and never lets go