3 Star rating
The Silent Wife
By A. S. A. Harrison
ISBN# 9780143123231
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie


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. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go. (Goodreads)


This book is seriously kinda creepy. No joke. Impending murder? Committed cheater and denying wife? “Throes of dissolution”? Reminiscent of Gone Girl? Yeah, I’m starting to think that this is up the “creep Valerie out” alley.

Warning: do not read past 9 pm without someone by your side. It’s not a very good book to read as a good night story, but I’m not speaking from experience.

I hate how this book has no likeable characters at all. Everyone is just so greedy or sinful or terrible in some way. Todd’s perverted, Jodi’s cold, and everyone else is like that or worse. Honestly, I’m starting to like the food better than I like the characters. I don’t like the portrayal and the message this sends. Please, A.S.A. Harrison, put an angelic person in!

Intriguing yes, but I won’t reread this book.

Don’t expect me to reveal much, but the ending was extremely disappointing. While it did make sense, it’s not the most satisfying ending I’ve read. It’s  just too chilling and not lighthearted enough.