The Silent Wife

By A. S. A. Harrison, A.S.A. Harrison

The Silent Wife

 3.3 

The Silent Wife

6 Quotes    3.3 

A chilling psychological thriller depicting the breakdown of a marriage to the point where murdering your husband suddenly makes perfect sense. Todd Gilbert and Jodie Brett's relationship is at a crossroads. They've been together for twenty-eight years, and with no children to worry about, their... affluent Chicago lifestyle has been relatively unaffected. However, there has been little to hold it together, and beneath the surface, cracks are widening. He is a blatant cheater. DENITION IS ALL SHE KNOWS. He exists in two worlds at the same time. SHE enjoys settling scores. He makes the decision to play for the long haul. SHE no longer has anything to lose. Jodie realizes she stands to lose everything when it becomes clear that their precarious world could collapse at any moment. Only now will she realize how much she truly is capable of...

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The Silent Wife

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Quotes from The Silent Wife

The woman who refuses to object, who doesn’t yell and scream—there’s strength in that, and power. The way she overrides sentiment, won’t enter into blaming or bickering, never gives him an opening, doesn’t allow him to turn it back on her. She knows that her refusal leaves him alone with his choices.

She’s aware of her fondness for ledger keeping, a term that marriage counselors use to castigate their clients for keeping a running tally of who did what to whom, which is not in the spirit of generosity that supposedly nurtures a healthy relationship. The way she sees it, generosity is admirable but not always practical. Without some discreet retaliation to balance things out, a little surreptitious tit for tat to keep the grievances at bay, most relationships—hers included—would surely combust in a blaze of resentment.

As for herself, every morning on waking she gives thanks to the God she doesn’t disbelieve in. Although she can’t credit him with saving her, she needs this outlet for her gratitude.

It’s a known fact that in certain contexts people’s great strengths become their epic failings.

The experience you’ve had may be unwanted, may amount to nothing but damage and waste, but experience has substance, is factual, authoritative, lives on in your past and affects your present, whatever you attempt to do about it.

that to judge others was to willfully do them harm. Respecting differences, she gathered, went beyond simply making allowances; it meant giving up your blinkered perspective, your assumption that you are necessarily right and others necessarily wrong, that the world would be a better place if everyone thought as you did.

Reviews of The Silent Wife

While readers can probably get over a few mentions of Jodi’s work, the Q-and-A style rendition of her own therapy and references to different schools of psychological thought may make readers’ eyes glaze.

A. S. A. Harrison died of cancer at the age of 65 in April, before she could see her first novel published. She has left behind a terrific work of fiction.

The Silent Wife is one of those books you hate to put down. Harrison writes well with a light touch, but her touch is devastating nonetheless.

THE SILENT WIFE is so well-paced and reads so quickly that it’s easy to glide over important points that come back to explode behind you when you’ve all but forgotten about them.

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