The Silent Wife is one of those books I pre-ordered and much anticipated, only to never actually get around to finishing the darn thing. That is, until a week or so ago. It was one of the books on my summer reading list that I really wanted to buckle down and finish. And honestly, it was an unexpected surprise. The comparisons of this to Gone Girl are completely superficial, so if you’re looking to pick up a fast-paced thriller I wouldn’t suggest as this as my number 1 choice.
If you ARE looking to pick up something with a whole lot of psychological intrigue, however – this would be the one.
For those not familiar with this book, I’ll summarize it to say it’s about a failing marriage and the hidden truths behind our actions. The main characters are Jodi and Todd, who live a rather posh lifestyle in Chicago where everything should be perfect. And I say should, because they have all the ingredients for a happy marriage, but yet some fault of character steps in that drives a wedge between them.
I found this story quite riveting. Not in the traditional plot twist thriller way, but in the revelation of these characters through the book. The characters are quite flawed, which personally I like. You also feel you can’t always rely on them – especially when it comes to them doing the right thing. Another thing that was a bit of fun is how swap sides through the story. At various points you’ll be Team Todd and at other points Team Jodi. In the end, you know that there is no victim between them, with both equally as guilty for their fate.
Like I said, I really did enjoy The Silent Wife. It got to the point where I couldn’t put the book down just because I was so wrapped up in these characters. It’s definitely a mind-bending story and I was crushed to learn that the author has sadly passed away, losing the battle with cancer. Her writing is entrancing and I would have loved to read more of her work.
Now that the weather is turning cool, I think it’s prime time to get into the habit of curling up inside with a good book. Definitely add The Silent Wife to your fall reading list. I guarantee you will love it. Plus, it has been picked up to be a film – with Nicole Kidman set to play the lead. It’s always fun to read the book before seeing the movie, right? 😉
Happy reading loves!