review by Maryom
and Todd have lived together for over 20 years. They may not have the
legal paperwork but are effectively a happily married couple. They have
everything they could want - a fabulous apartment with
stunning lake views, Todd's built-from-nothing construction business,
psychotherapy practice, and a dog to replace the children they never
had. And if Todd 'wanders' once in a while? Well, this is something
Jodi's learned to ignore and live with so long as he always comes home
to her. But Todd's latest affair is turning serious and he's under
increasing pressure to leave Jodi. Will she find herself left high and
dry? How far will Jodi go to get him back... or get even?
Silent Wife is an intimate look at the workings of a long term
relationship - and its break down. Told from the alternating points of
view of Jodi and Todd, the story follows their thoughts and reasoning as
they struggle to come to terms with their changed circumstances.
Harrison cleverly balances both points of view so that although the
reader may veer towards Jodi's standpoint, Todd's version of events is
presented with the same level of sympathy. Both of them, though, come
over as people more driven by the pressure of outside forces than their
own desires. Jodi rather drifts along in her ivory tower not wanting to
really involve herself with everyday nitty-gritty. This way she finds it
possible to turn a blind eye to her financial position and Todd's
affairs; even the drastic action she ultimately decides to take is
suggested and carried out by someone else. While, for a man who's built
up his own business, Todd seems extraordinarily weak-willed when it
comes to personal matters; pushed one way by his girlfriend, pulled the
other by his old comfortable life.
It was less of a thriller than I'd expected but none the worse for it.
I don't like to compare book A to book B but the similarities between this and Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn are too hard to ignore. The Silent Wife has better
characterisation and a believable plot line firmly rooted in reality;
Gone Girl is more of a thriller but with over-the-top extremes of
emotions and actions. I definitely preferred The Silent Wife.
Maryom's review - 4.5 stars
Publisher - Headline
Genre - Adult
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