The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"A chilling psychological thriller about a marriage, a way of life, and how far one woman will go to keep what is rightfully hers. Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. 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. 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. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is 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"--Publisher's Web site.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2013
ISBN: 9780143123231
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 20 cm


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A friend recommended The Silent Wife after I enjoyed reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

The story is told in alternating voices of main characters, Todd, and his common-law wife Jodi. The couple’s seemingly perfect relationship, which includes flourishing careers and a luxury waterfront condo, unravels in the aftermath of Todd’s adulterous lifestyle.

Both characters are unlikeable. But the author’s meticulous account of Jodi’s unspoken turmoil, set against the picture perfect view from the calm of her tony surroundings, kept me turning the pages.

It is unfortunate that this Canadian author passed away from cancer just months before her first novel was published. (Submitted by TS).

May 30, 2018

I think I would have really loved this movie but - no cc.

Mar 25, 2017

Picked up this book after reading the back, started reading it and briefly considered returning it. Then it turned up on my Pinterest feed and after reading the reviews that stated it could be compared to Gone Girl (which I loved) I decided to give it another go. In my opinion it isn't really a lot like Gone Girl aside from what other reviewers have said about it being written from a his and hers perspective. I didn't find Todd or Jodi particularly unlikeable and while a little slow at the beginning, I found it did pick up halfway through. I am still left wondering about the Jodi/Darrell/Ryan side story, which left me confused. I would in no way qualify this book as a "thriller" but with what some consider to be a twist at the end, this is a decent book.

Mar 08, 2017

A top-notch read. It is bit slow to get going but by the middle it has picked up momentum and there is a great twist at the end.

Dec 14, 2016

It was just ok.

simeonite Aug 11, 2016

It was okay.

Apr 01, 2016

This was no "psychological thriller". It put me to sleep rather than keeping me engaged. Everyone in the book was messed up and complacent in life so I didn't feel sorry for anything that happened to them.

Jan 26, 2016

This was an odd, but compelling story. I actually raced towards the ending. I'm the kind of person who wants to smack unreasonable people, but it was interesting, if not a literary masterpiece. I liked the HER/HIM insights. I like to know what makes people tick.

Dec 12, 2015

Strange topic, or rather, the approach to it, as how is described. To understand what is at stake - not just the course of events - this book should be read carefully. The author used quite intricate turns, replete with various psychological delving into the soul of the personages of the narrative. I would say that this book is not for every reader. You can love it or hate it. I realized only after finishing reading that author passed away in 2013 from cancer.

Oct 08, 2015

The writing was excellent in the same manner that Edgar Allen Poe's writing is. The view from the apartment window describes the weather and the scene, but in a way that reflects what is going on inside the rooms. Like Poe, the story is depressing and repulsive but addictive. I knew nothing good could possibly come from the behavior of Todd and Jodi and yet the method of switching from Her to Him and seeing both of their blindnesses leading to the crumbling of their lives drew me in. I had to see it to the end, but the end was unsatisfying really.

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Jun 10, 2014

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May 19, 2015

The cover of this book bills it as another "Gone Girl". It really isn't, but it was a good read nonetheless. Jodi is the wife of a real estate developer in Chicago. Her husband, a serial cheater, falls for and impregantes the daughter of his best friend. Told thru the eyes of both Jodi and Todd, the story unravels the emotional rollercoaster of both characters. I became totally absorbed in the story. The authors writes Jodi as a tad emotionally aloof, which is who she really is. Todd is played as a man ruled by basal instincts - even though he cheats on Jodi, he deeply loves her. Some unrealistic events bring the story to its climax, but, for the most part, the characters were probably more believable than those in Gone Girl.

siammarino Jun 11, 2014

The story of a shaky marriage which reaches a crisis point when Todd gets his friend's daughter pregnant, and his wife Jodi is persuaded to hire a killer. Makes you reflect on the importance of communication and honesty in any relationship. I like the way it is told from both his and her perspective, and the way you don't know how it will end until the final pages.


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madison382 Mar 22, 2014

Death should be a seduction, not a rape.


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