Book review: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
Jodi and Todd were together for nearly over 20 years. But things are not as they appear. The miscommunication and secrets from both of them make this book interesting. I’m sure many couples share this kind of situation….but not so much! Let’s see the reason behind my words.
She’s the silent kind that does not react when difficult situations occur, preferring to apply the method of ignoring the elephant in the room. He complains about the situation because he likes the thirst in their home. What he does outside the house is different: he likes women and always has a few at his disposal.
Their lives change completely when Todd’s relationship with his oldest friend’s daughter goes to the extreme. The girl wants to get married to Todd and to bring their child into the world, pushing him to become all official.
You know what they say: quiet waters are more dangerous! Jodi tries to kill Todd, but things get a strange twist.
My opinion about the The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
The story is realistic. It just presents the situation of a couple reaching the threshold of a crisis of consciousness, eager to change something. The husband Todd is a weak, easy-to-handle character who likes to believe he has control. He lets himself to be carried by the wave hoping for things to settle for itself.
The wife Jodi conceals a difficult past that her conscience has hidden well in these years. In desperation of the cause she makes serious decisions for herself, but especially for Todd.
The book gives a realistic picture of the relationship of an old couple and how this is changed by the action of external factors. The characters are very clearly outlined.
The reader manages to identify and live every moment of the story described by A.S.A. Harrison. The action is cursive, complete and very well described, punctuated by epithets, metaphors and well-chosen comparisons.
The end is a bit surprising, but not unexpected. Somehow … I feel a relief that everything ended in that way. (I’m not telling you that because I don’t want to break the effect of the book).
The book is rather psychological, everything is settled around the characters. The action is presented from the perspective of the lives of these characters, not from the author’s perspective.
But … the way in which the action takes place is, in large part, that which partially leads to acute boredom. If I did not want to find out the outcome, I would have quit about 2-3 times.
The feeling you have when reading the book is that everything seems calculated, calm like the silence before the storm. After you defeat the desire / instinct to leave the book, everything goes well and curiosity is satisfied.
You live alongside Jodi the heavy moments when she finds painful truths and makes tough decisions. You’re going to want to beat Todd so badly and you’re so happy when you find out what’s wrong with him.
Although it’s recommended as a thriller genre, I tell you honestly that it’s not at all a suspense book. There are dramatic moments, but not some scary.
The silent wife it’s a psychological book that perfectly reproduces the character of people’s patterns in the society we live in, about a household’s routine:
– ignorant wife, but who makes strong decisions when it comes to being unable to hide;
– the dual husband who hopes things will go the same way regardless of his actions
– naive mistress wishing to become a wife
– people around who act like the eagles on your limbs when they see you on the ground
– some real friends who are close to you and who would do anything for you, but everything ends when you get money
The story is focused on characters, not on action.
The book can be read very quickly despite the lack of virulent actions, perhaps because the sudden changes in the situation keep the reader’s attention.