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The Silent Wife (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

A. S. A. Harrison
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Chapter 1


It’s early September. Jodi Brett is in her kitchen, making dinner. Thanks to the open plan of the condo, she has an unobstructed view through the living room to its east-facing windows and beyond to a vista of lake and sky, cast by the evening light in a uniform blue. A thinly drawn line of a darker hue, the horizon, appears very near at hand, almost touchable. She likes this delineating arc, the feeling it gives her of being encircled. The sense of containment is what she loves most about living here, in her aerie on the twenty-seventh ?oor.

At forty-?ve, 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 inde?nitely in their imperfect yet entirely acceptable way. In other words, she is deeply unaware that her life is now peaking, that her youthful resilience—which her twenty-year marriage to Todd Gilbert has been slowly eroding—is approaching a ?nal stage of disintegration, that her notions about who she is and how she ought to conduct herself are far less stable than she supposes, given that a few short months are all it will take to make a killer out of her.

If you told her this she would not believe you. Murder is barely a word in her vocabulary, a concept without meaning, the subject of stories in the news having to do with people she doesn’t know and will never meet. Domestic violence she ?nds especially implausible, that everyday friction in a family setting could escalate to such a degree. There are reasons for this incomprehension, even aside from her own habit of self-control: She is no idealist, believes in taking the bad with the good, does not pick ?ghts, and is not easily baited.

The dog, a golden retriever with a silky blond coat, sits at her feet as she works at the cutting board. Every now and then she throws him a slice of raw carrot, which he catches in his mouth and joyfully grinds up with his molars. This vegetable toss is a long-standing predinner ritual, one that she and the dog have enjoyed from the time she brought him home as a roly-poly pup to take Todd’s mind o? his yearning for progeny, which sprang up, seemingly overnight, around the time he turned forty. She named the dog Freud in anticipation of the fun she could poke at his namesake, the misogynist whom she was forced to take seriously at university. Freud passing gas, Freud

eating garbage, Freud chasing his tail. The dog is endlessly good-natured and doesn’t mind in the least being an object of fun.

Trimming vegetables and chopping herbs, she throws herself bodily into the work. She likes the intensity of cooking—the readiness of the gas ?ame, the timer marking o? the minutes, the immediacy of the result. She’s aware of the silence beyond the kitchen, everything rushing to the point in time when she’ll hear his key in the lock, an event that she anticipates with pleasure. She can still feel that making dinner for Todd is an occasion, can still marvel at the stroke of fate that brought him into her life, a matter of rank chance that did not seem to favor a further acquaintance, much less a future of appetizing meals, lovingly prepared.

It came to pass on a rainy morning in spring. Busy with her graduate studies in psychology, waiting tables at night, overworked, exhausted, she was moving house, driving north on State Street in a rental van loaded with her household goods. As she prepared to change lanes from right to left she might have looked over her shoulder or maybe not. She found the van awkward, didn’t have a feel for it, and on top of this her windows were fogged and she’d missed her turn at the last set of lights. Given these conditions she might have been distracted—a question that later came to be much discussed between them. When he clipped her driver’s-side door and spun her into oncoming tra?c, there was a general honking of horns and squealing of brakes, and before she could pull herself together—before she fully realized that her van had come to a standstill and she was perfectly alright—he was screaming at her through her closed window.

“You crazy bitch. What in God’s name do you think you’re doing? Are you some kind of maniac? Where did you learn to drive? People like you should stay o? the road. Are you going to get out of your car or are you just going to sit there like an imbecile?”

His tirade that day in the rain did not give a favorable impression, but a man who’s been in a car crash is going to be irate even if it’s his own fault, which in this instance it was not, so when he called a few days later to ask her to dinner, she graciously accepted.

He took her to Greektown, where they ate lamb souvlaki washed down with cold retsina. The restaurant was crowded, the tables close together, the lights bright. They found themselves shouting over the din and laughing at their failure to be heard. What conversation they could manage was pared down to succinct phrases like, “The food is good . . . I like it here . . . my windows were fogged . . . if it hadn’t happened I would never have met you.”

She didn’t go out on many bona ?de dates. The men she knew from university took her for pizza and beer and counted out their money. They’d meet her at the restaurant scru?y and unshaven, still in the clothes they’d worn to class. Whereas Todd had put on a clean shirt, and he’d picked her up, and they’d driven to the restaurant together—and now he was looking after her, re?lling her glass and checking on her comfort level. Sitting across from him, she was pleased with what she saw—the way he casually took up space and his air of being in charge. She liked the homey habit he had of wiping his knife on his bread and that he put down his credit card without looking at the bill.


“This perfectly pitched debut offers sharp insights into the grievances that accumulate over a long relationship, and the lengths to which a woman will go when her world collapses” SUNDAY TIMES

"Sharp, witty, dark as hell and totally engrossing... A worthy rival to Gone Girl in its psychological complexity and accomplishment" DAILY MAIL

"This will be the book everyone will be talking about by the end of summer, it will be the number one choice for book clubs and well-thumbed copies will be passed between friends and work colleagues with glowing recommendation... The term "must-read" is often bandied around and not always deservedly. The Silent Wife justifies the plaudit without question" SUNDAY EXPRESS

"The slow, murderous disintegration of a marriage is all too believable in A.S.A. Harrison's first - and final - novel... As the novel advances into treacherous territory, Harrison's elegant, incisive prose gets dirtier, more dangerous" OBSERVER

"It is inevitably being compared with last year's mega-hit, Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl... The Silent Wife is psychologically more interesting" THE TIMES

"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... Profoundly disquieting" GUARDIAN.CO.UK, US Summer Reads pick

"After Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, novels about toxic marriages are suddenly in vogue. The Silent Wife is the classiest of the bunch... A smart psychological chiller" MAIL ON SUNDAY

"A hit... and you can see why" THE SUN

"A sizzling debut and a chilling psychological thriller - 9/10" PRESS ASSOCIATION

"Beautifully written and superbly paced, not to mention full of ingenious twists. Fans of Gone Girl will love it" SUNDAY MIRROR

"Well plotted, fast-paced and hugely addictive" STYLIST

"Sharp, psychological and intricate, if you've ever wondered just how far you'd go if you had nothing left to lose, this will make you do a double-take" HARPER'S BIZARRE ONLINE

"SUPERB... As a novel about the dark side of marriage and relationships, it's better than Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. A must read" Sophie Hannah, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of KIND OF CRUEL

"Beautifully written and deeply unsettling, this darkly funny examination of what happens when you've got nothing left to lose is also brilliantly addictive. It left me almost breathless as I raced towards the devastating finale" S.J. Watson, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

"[A] deliciously wicked pleasure... A very clever, very funny comedy of manners spliced with a domestic thriller" Kate Atkinson, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of LIFE AFTER LIFE and CASE HISTORIES

"The characterization is exceptionally well done, the writing stylish and mature... this is a very accomplished psychological thriller" S.J. Bolton

"A terrific debut novel" Val McDermid, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of WIRE IN THE BLOOD

"This is an utterly compelling story, gorgeously written and with so many shocks and surprises... I raced through it. My highest recommendation" Tess Gerritsen, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of KEEPING THE DEAD

"[A] heart-thumping tale of deception" WOMAN & HOME

"This unsettling story of two people heading for catastrophe is impossible to put down... Will appeal to anyone hooked by Gone Girl" PRIMA

"If you enjoyed Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, you'll love this unsettling psychological thriller" SUN ON SUNDAY, FABULOUS MAGAZINE

"A brilliant tale of misreadings and desperate measures" SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE

"The best psychological thriller we've read this year... You'll be thinking about it for months to come" COSMOPOLITAN.CO.UK"

"So poised, so fully composed… If The Silent Wife is not quite so high concept as Gone Girl, it is more precise, plausible and unnerving and just as compelling… Don’t miss this one." London Evening Standard"

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 386 pages
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Clever, interesting 10 décembre 2013
Par Angela G
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A very good and clever point is being made about silence and memory. An engrossing story, at least for women readers as the story tilts on the side of the woman. A variation on the old story of the woman scorned...there is slowly an emerging feeling that both the man and the woman share in the responsibility for how things develop. The argument is sophisticated and eye -openers are coming one after an other, in small doses to the very end. The end makes sense or at least gives satisfaction and is coherent with the story...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A captivating cerebral psychological thriller...with subtle black humor 25 juin 2013
Par B. Case - Publié sur
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Open "The Silent Wife," by A. S. A. Harrison, and meet Jodi and Todd. They live in a gorgeous Chicago condo. She's a part-time psychologist working from home; he's a renovation expert and developer who makes enough money to provide them with an enviable and affluent lifestyle. They've not married, but have been living together for twenty years; their life has become an ongoing stable and emotionally satisfying routine of mutually met obligations and expectations. They have no children, so they each have sufficient time to indulge in whatever interests them. Jodi loves to play the perfect domestic diva taking care of Todd and Todd loves to be taken care of. Jodi loves doing her spa visits and Pilates sessions; Todd loves having sex with other women...and being confident that his accepting wife will ignore and forgive these dalliances. This is their routine. They seem ideally suited to it, and to each other...their lives in perfect balance. To readers, their relationship might seem unusual, and neither of them might be the type of people we'd like to have as friends. In fact, I am sure that many who read this novel will take an instant dislike to these two fictional antiheros. But of course, readers are not required to like these characters. Rather, what readers need to be able to do is to figure out how to understand them. Why? Because that's a good part of the pleasure of this novel.

In the beginning, we are told that this novel is all about a murder. Jodi will be the murderer and Todd the victim...and it will take only "a few short months" to "make a killer out of her."

So you might ask: with a novel that starts like that, how could it possibly be marketed as a thriller? Where's the suspense?

In fact, there's plenty of delight and surprise in this captivating cerebral psychological thriller. It's a thriller because we readers must ultimately understand and figure out the complex psychological unfolding of "the how" and "the why." And if you can see and understand the emotional dynamics of what is happening, you'll find a great deal of humor (oh yes, very black and subtle) all along the way. This is an intricate and impressive dance of inner survival where both characters keep stumbling no matter how hard they try to make the right move.

The book covers the few short months while this relationship is coming apart. In detail, we learn of the events that propel these two toward their fates. The story is told in alternating chapters from Jodi's and Todd's points of view. As readers, we exist in these character's minds. We are privy to their inner motivations, rationalizations, distortions, and self-delusions. But with two separate and very differing viewpoints, readers are left to figure out what really is going on. That's what's fun. That's part of the thrill.

The author expects her readers to have a high social IQ and a fair amount of arm-chair academic psychological knowledge...and what she figures readers may not know, she explains--of course not directly, but the psychological facts are there, hidden in the fabric of the storytelling. Perhaps you'll recognize these "lessons" when you see them, or perhaps you'll just pick them up subconsciously along the way. In either case, you should eventually start to understand how these characters are fated--by their pasts, and by their own specific and differing temperaments and character flaws--to affect what happens in their lives.

This is a very clever book--intelligent, compelling, and exceedingly well written. If my review has piqued your interest, you are probably one of those readers who will find this book as remarkable as I did. For me it was clearly five stars.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Perpetual State Of Denial 8 juillet 2013
Par prisrob - Publié sur
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I was never a fan of 'Gone Girl', and am glad I did not know that this novel, 'The Silent Wife' was being compared to 'Gone Girl'. This is an entirely separate novel, connected only by the season, a summer novel/thriller.

This novel was exquisite, it pulled me in entirely. It is a novel that can be read easily in one or two days. In fact, it is a novel that calls you. A relationship of twenty years, never a marriage, because neither felt it was necessary. Jodi Brett, a psychologist, with several degrees behind her name and Todd Gilbert, a developer, builder, with no degrees behind his name, met by accident. Jodi was moving and her moving truck struck Todd's truck in a blinding Chicago rain. Somehow in-between the yelling and accusations a relationship developed, and within a short time they moved in together. They had a perfect life, thought Jodi. A lovely apartment, expensive furnishings, good food, fast cars and good sex. The only issue was the never discussed liaisons that Todd had with other women. Jodi, ignored them, never addressed them, and lived in a perpetual state of denial.

This denial seemed to be a state for both of them. Each of them had a difficult, abusive childhood. OnlyTodd spoke of his. Jodi kept her issues covered, deep denial, that seems strange for a therapist. They lived an altered life,an altered existence. Todd got what he wanted, whenever he wanted, and, Jodi, got what she wanted, she thought. Jodi dressed in expensive beige pants and white shirt while at home,and this seems to be her existence, beige. Just right, no highs, no lows, until something occurs that brings everything crashing.

Couples who talk above the fray, but never really discussing their feelings. Too afraid to show what is really going on? On the surface, the perfect couple, below the surface, what has this alliance wrought? Love is apparent, but where is the love, really?

The author, I have read, died before her novel was published. Her first novel, exquisite writing. I could see and feel the characters, their surroundings, their emotions right there, but not shared with each other. This is the novel I would recommend, surprising in some sense, but so right, to the core!

Recommended. prisrob 07-08-13
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The perfect marriage? Umm, not quite... 2 août 2013
Par Larry Hoffer - Publié sur
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I'd rate this book 3.5 stars.

Let's get this out of the way first. Despite what the marketing of this book may say, The Silent Wife is not "this year's Gone Girl." And truth is, that's both good and bad. I wasn't as much a fan of Gillian Flynn's best-seller last year, so I can't say I wasn't entirely disappointed that this novel didn't share many of the same characteristics. However, I wish that The Silent Wife had a little more of Gone Girl's page-turning suspense.

Jodi Brett and Todd Gilbert have been together for more than 20 years. Their relationship began in an auspicious way--the two were both involved in a car accident--but the two have supported each other greatly. Jodi has watched as Todd has become a self-made man, starting from restoring and rebuilding a Chicago townhouse from the ground up, to running his own construction business. And Todd encouraged Jodi's studies in psychotherapy and her counseling business, listening to stories about her clients (with all pertinent details hidden, of course).

Todd has ensured the couple never wants for any creature comforts--they live in a beautiful waterfront condo high up on the Chicago skyline, take fun and relaxing vacations, and enjoy fancy dinners and entertainment. And Jodi is the perfect wife--nurturing, supportive, always there with the perfect dinner and their well-behaved dog.

Sure, their marriage isn't perfect. Whose is? Jodi has turned a blind eye through the years to Todd's extramarital dalliances, because at the end of the night, Todd always comes home to her. And while Todd may seek the comfort of other women from time to time (professionals and others), Jodi is his one true constant and he can't imagine actually leaving the life they've made together.

But things have hit a rough patch. When Todd tells Jodi he is leaving her for a younger woman, she can't quite believe he'd be willing to jeopardize the comforting, stable stasis of their marriage. Although Todd feels fulfilled by his new love, and the prospect of a new life, he can't quite shake the thought of being away from Jodi forever, either. However, when Todd's new girlfriend makes it clear he needs to end things with Jodi, he does, although Jodi isn't all that interested in tolerating this.

For their entire relationship, Jodi has been the quintessential silent wife. But she's not willing to turn a blind eye any longer and let Todd destroy the life she has come to depend upon. Shifting between Jodi and Todd's perspectives from chapter to chapter, The Silent Wife is the story of two reasonably intelligent people who find themselves in unfamiliar territory, which causes them to make some reasonably dumb mistakes. While early on in the book you're told what happens, the way the story unfolds is interesting and even somewhat surprising.

I thought the The Silent Wife was an interesting and somewhat compelling read. Jodi and Todd are complex, flawed characters, neither of whom generates a great deal of empathy in the reader, although they're not the odious characters in Gone Girl. This is a story we've seen again and again in books, movies, and television, although A.S.A. Harrison has put some intriguing spins on the story.

All that being said, however, this book felt a little too clinical and distant, and the resolution of the story didn't engage me as much as I would have hoped. While it certainly was interesting to see how the story was going to unfold, just when I expected things to hit a different level of passion and suspense, it didn't. Perhaps that was reflective of the stable life that Todd and Jodi had built for themselves, but it left me a little cold, which was disappointing, because these were two tremendously interesting (if not entirely sympathetic) characters.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Engaging 25 juin 2013
Par Julie Merilatt - Publié sur
The reason I enjoyed this book so much was because I could totally relate to the main character Jodi. She's non-confrontational, takes comfort in the simplicity of daily routine, and is determined to live an uncomplicated, comfortable lifestyle with her husband. Todd, on the other hand, takes for granted the serene world Jodi has created for him. When his extramarital affair leaves him no choice to abandon his ideal life with Jodi, something breaks in her. Todd's selfishness and his desire to want the best of both worlds backfires on him when Jodi seeks the ultimate revenge.

The book is narrated in alternating chapters, "Her" and "Him." In Todd's chapters, he does nothing but make excuses for himself in an attempt to justify his destructive actions. The most interesting aspect of Jodi's narrative is her psychotherapy background. Her knowledge of human behavior gives her an amount of patience, even denial that can often make her seem aloof. Jodi's staunch complacency made me admire her, but also doubt her. She's an incredibly complex character trying to navigate the world that she created and Todd has shattered. The revelations Jodi comes to in her self-assessment are alarming. She retreats to a dark place within herself as the conclusion unfolds. The end is intense and thought-provoking and I appreciated the undefined outcome that the author presented.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A deceptively simple novel made of layers so thin that you almost don't realize they are there 1 juillet 2013
Par Bookreporter - Publié sur
You might occasionally pick up a book that is deceptively simple in its premise yet is multi-faceted, comprised of layers so thin that you almost don't realize they are there. THE SILENT WIFE is one of those books, a debut novel by A. S. A. Harrison. Not a prolific author by any means, Harrison published three nonfiction works over the course of three decades. I was stunned to learn that she passed away earlier this year while working on a second novel and before she could witness the appreciation that her first work of fiction is bound to garner over the next several weeks.

Keep in mind that THE SILENT WIFE might be confused at first for a romance novel. To an extent, it is; but it's the book's unpredictability, the feeling that one has no idea what will happen next, that kicks it into the thriller genre where it stays firmly ensconced.

The novel is divided into two sections: "Her and Him" and "Her." The first alternates in third-person-present points of view between "her" (Jodi Gilbert) and "him" (Todd Gilbert). Together for over 20 years after meeting during an automobile accident (the book is nothing if not loaded with subtle metaphors), Jodi and Todd have a materially comfortable life with satisfying roles. Todd is a developer, transforming tired and old vacant buildings into showcases; Jodi is a part-time psychotherapist, with insightful nicknames for her patients and stories aplenty. While the physical aspect of their relationship has cooled somewhat (not an unusual state, to be sure), they still enjoy each other's company, with Jodi delighting in preparing exotic dinners for Todd and making sure that everything is just so. Todd likes to surprise Jodi with expensive and thoughtful gifts.

It is clear from the beginning that Jodi loves Todd and that, yes, Todd loves Todd, too. Jodi winks at his frequent but very temporary infidelities, accepting that it is simply something that men do. Todd, in turn, takes some minor pains to never bring his indiscretions home or embarrass Jodi. However, Jodi is not an emotional wallflower by any means. While she does not see Todd's flings as a wrong that needs to be righted, she is not above an occasional revenge response of her own that takes form as something other than infidelity. Things work out very well between them until Todd becomes involved with Natasha, a college student who is the daughter of one of his best friends. Natasha, despite her somewhat tender years, lures Todd away from Jodi and convinces him to marry her. Jodi understandably is shattered, but then Todd takes things a step or two beyond her tolerance level. She plots a revenge, and revenge it is, whether she cloaks it in the form of self-preservation or otherwise. But can she carry it out? And, ultimately, does she?

Please understand: everything that I have just related is a marked oversimplification. There is much that is hidden that I cannot give away. To name but one: During one of the "Her" sections early on, Jodi drops a bombshell about her relationship with Todd that functions as a pivot for her actions during the entire novel. This relates to the crux of the story in that Jodi gave Todd everything he wanted, except for one thing --- and that decision, that withholding, comes back to bite her. Was she wrong to deny him the one thing he wanted, perhaps most of all? No, not necessarily. When we learn the reason for her denial, we find that Jodi, who seems to be the more reasonable, or normal, of the two, isn't without her own very significant issues.

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. Does it end happily? I will leave that up to you. Regardless, this is a story that will stay with you long after you've read the last page.

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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