Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison ~ A Book Review

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison ~ A Book Review

This story begins with Jodi Brett, a 45 year old woman who has been with her significant other Todd for 20 years, musing in her kitchen as she makes dinner and looks out the windows of her high rise in Chicago with its view of the lake and evening sky, having no inclination that she is capable of murder.

I loved this book, which is told in alternating voices from the perspectives of Jodi and Todd. It did take me a few pages to acclimate to the sometimes overly descriptive writing style of Ms. Harrison, but once I got into the flow I found myself completely engaged.

The characters in the book felt real to me, not archetypes of the quiet suffering wife or the “cake ‘n too” philandering husband, but people that seemed familiar. Maybe it is because I’ve known these folks [absent murder to the best of my knowledge].

If the story seems familiar, it is because Silent Wife is an age-old story of young love, lust, comfort, infidelity, hurt, anger, lies, and retribution.  But in Silent Wife the story is told from a fresh perspective.

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