The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 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 hersJodi 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 listener from page one and never lets go.
Publisher: Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781482911572
Additional Contributors: White, Karen

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val18
Oct 05, 2016

The dynamic was interesting. I enjoyed the joint narration. It kept me interested, but in the end left me wanting. Perhaps knowing the final outcome before you even dive in doesn't help in this case. I rated it with two Stars, which to me means, "I should have read/listened to something else... but I'm no worse for the wear."

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chocha
Apr 16, 2015

I kept waiting for something to happen but all I got was a lot of descriptive narration about not much at all.
BORING.

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JudithE
Feb 28, 2015

Interesting. I didn't like either person a huge amount, but I found their disparate views on the same situation realistic and insightful, and i didn't mind if either one died or went to prison.

Cdnbookworm May 12, 2014

This novel tells the story in two voices, a man and a woman who have lived together for more than twenty years. Jodi is the female voice and works part-time out of her home as a therapist. She has taken numerous cooking classes over the years and makes their home a welcoming one for Todd. Todd has created a company that began with renovating buildings, and now also develops new buildings. He works hard and plays hard and his serial affairs are something Jodi is aware of and accepts quietly. She knows that he always comes back to her, and that they don't reflect on how he feels about her.
Despite Todd's marriage proposal years ago and their long relationship, the two have never actually got married, and that is at the root of the issues that arise on Jodi's side of this story. Jodi, as a psychologist is an advocate of Adler and believes that as long as she abides by his standards, her life will be a good one. The Adler School "emphasizes the human need and ability to create positive social change and impact. Adler held equality, civil rights, mutual respect, and the advancement of democracy as core values" and this is the life Jodi believes she has led.
But Todd's latest relationship is different, because the object of his affair is now pregnant and wanting to marry him. Jodi's legal rights don't stand up to this. Todd comes across here as a man used to having everything, and just going along with the flow. Because Jodi is in denial and Todd's lover, Natasha is being demanding, Todd succumbs to everything Natasha is asking of him, and yet still believes that he can have a relationship with Jodi.
When one of Todd's actions finally awakens Jodi to reality, she finds that she is capable of actions that she would never have envisioned for herself.
This is a story of a relationship disintegrating and the two players making the moves that seem inevitable.

smc01 Feb 20, 2014

An intense psychological study of a marriage. Todd isn't very likable but it's fascinating to read about what motivates him. Jodi is a complex character that the reader wants to understand. The readers for this audio edition are terrific. I listened to it whenever I could. Compared to Gone Girl, this novel is far superior in its writing, story line and character development.

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dorothyalmas
Nov 20, 2013

Two empty people who probably deserve each other.
Not worth too much of your reading time in my opinion.

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