The Silent Wife, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller. 'The slow, murderous disintegration of a marriage is all too believable...As the novel advances into treacherous territory, Harrison's elegant, incisive prose gets dirtier, more dangerous' Observer Soon to be a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman.

Fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will love The Silent Wife. Having nothing left to lose changes everything. Todd and Jodie have been together for more than twenty years.

They are both aware their world is in crisis, though neither is willing to admit it.

Todd is living a dual existence, while Jodie is living in denial.

But she also likes to settle scores. When it becomes clear their affluent Chicago lifestyle could disintegrate at any moment, Jodie knows everything is at stake.

It's only now she will discover just how much she's truly capable of...Shocking and compelling in equal measure, THE SILENT WIFE is a chilling portrayal of two people in turmoil and the lengths they will go to in order to protect themselves.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780755399864

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This book cover is literally splattered with hype about what to expect from its pages - "totally engrossing", "the book everyone will be talking about", " many shocks and surprises.." - so much so, that I was positively excited about reading this book. However, I felt a distinct anti-climax and a profound sense of disappointment upon reaching the very predictable end of this book.It is the story of Jodi and Todd - 20 years "married" and now in a very bad and dark place. we are told on the back cover that Jodi is the killer and Todd the victim (surprise spoiler number 1) - so no compelling shocks there. Jodi is the mild mannered, domestic goddess keeping house and home for Todd while he engages in wholesale promiscuity as a serial philanderer. Again, no real surprises about what happens when Todd leaves Jodi for the pushy, and now pregnant daughter of one of his friends.To say that I didn't like this book would be unfair - I did like it, it was quite a good read and the quality of writing was excellent - but for the sake of an honest review, it has to be said that it did not live up to all of its hype. For me, less hype would have equalled less disappointment - and perhaps a better star rating.

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This novel is an easy read with each chapter being headed 'her' or 'him'. As this suggests the story is told in turn from alternate viewpoints.I found that the book read rather like a psychology self help book, especially in the sections when 'The Silent Wife' Jodi is retrospectively in session with her therapist, and this seeps into the rest of the novel creating some repetition here and there. This is also inevitable I suppose when the same story is being told from two standpoints.I enjoyed the book and would probably recommend it but I really don't think it lives up to the hype in the blurb on the covers - back and front! I have previously read much more 'engrossing' and 'compelling' books that really did have me 'racing through [it] to find out what happens next'. But then you don't have to take my word for it!

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