Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Both are at the mercy of their unrelenting wants and needs, and both are unaware that the path they are on is careening toward murder. 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, oblivious of the destiny they are jointly creating, caught in the thrall of disaster unfolding. Chapter by chapter, the narrative evolves from their alternating perspectives. 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. The alternating voices pitch the reader back and forth between protagonists in conflict who are fighting for self-preservation, both of them making deeply consequential mistakes, behaving in ever more foolhardy ways, losing at the games they’re playing. The Silent Wife is a finely wrought, emotionally charged psychological thriller 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 doesn’t let go.
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Couldn’t put it down
A thought-provoking reflection on love, sacrifice, resentment, comfort and duty in relationships. A cue to appreciate everything couples take for granted in one another. Helpfully written from each perspective, it gives a window into motivations and the consequences of unspoken assumptions. It’s a story I’ll read more than once and likely gain new nuggets of detail each time.
Boring and unnecessarily detailed
I really wanted to like this book, but was left disappointed. It is excruciatingly detailed, there is just so much unnecessary diatribe that I found myself skipping over entire pages just to get to the point. It just drags on and on and on. The characters were unlikeable. There was little to no dialogue. In short - there was nothing interesting or enjoyable about this book and I had to force myself to finish it.