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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (25 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472209346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472209344
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.9 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A.S.A. Harrison is the author of four nonfiction books. The Silent Wife is her debut novel, and she was at work on a new psychological thriller when she died in 2013. Harrison was married to the visual artist John Massey and lived in Toronto.

Photography ©John Massey

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This perfectly pitched debut offers sharp insights into the grievances that accumulate over a long relationship, and the lengths to which a woman will go when her world collapses (Sunday Times)

'This summer's blockbuster novel' (Celia Walden Daily Telegraph)

'Utterly believable, complex, and compelling' (Jojo Moyes)

Well balanced, painfully perceptive and very dark, The Silent Wife is as riveting as a slow-motion car crash (Guardian)

Beautifully written and deeply unsettling, this darkly funny examination of what happens when you've got nothing left to lose is also brilliantly addictive. It left me almost breathless as I raced towards the devastating finale (S.J. Watson, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP)

This will be the book everyone will be talking about by the end of summer, it will be the number one choice for book clubs and well-thumbed copies will be passed between friends and work colleagues with glowing recommendation... The term "must-read" is often bandied around and not always deservedly. The Silent Wife justifies the plaudit without question (Sunday Express)

SUPERB... As a novel about the dark side of marriage and relationships, it's better than Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. A must read (Sophie Hannah, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of KIND OF CRUEL)

The slow, murderous disintegration of a marriage is all too believable in A.S.A. Harrison's first - and final - novel... As the novel advances into treacherous territory, Harrison's elegant, incisive prose gets dirtier, more dangerous' (Observer)

Sharp, witty, dark as hell and totally engrossing... A worthy rival to Gone Girl in its psychological complexity and accomplishment (Daily Mail)

The Silent Wife is so poised, so fully composed, so inward in its knowledge of its characters, it's unmistakably the work of a writer who had finally discovered her true talent... If [it] is not quite so high concept as Gone Girl, it is more precise, plausible and unnerving and just as compelling... Don't miss this one (London Evening Standard)

It is inevitably being compared with last year's mega-hit, Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl... The Silent Wife is psychologically more interesting (The Times)

The Silent Wife is one of those books you hate to put down. Harrison writes well with a light touch, but her touch is devastating nonetheless... Profoundly disquieting (

After Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, novels about toxic marriages are suddenly in vogue. The Silent Wife is the classiest of the bunch... A smart psychological chiller (Mail on Sunday)

'A gripping psychological thriller' (Saturday Magazine, Daily Express)

A hit... and you can see why (The Sun)

Beautifully written and superbly paced, not to mention full of ingenious twists. Fans of Gone Girl will love it (Sunday Mirror)

A sizzling debut and a chilling psychological thriller - 9/10 (Press Association)

Well plotted, fast-paced and hugely addictive (Stylist)

Sharp, psychological and intricate, if you've ever wondered just how far you'd go if you had nothing left to lose, this will make you do a double-take (Harper's Bazaar online)

[A] deliciously wicked pleasure... A very clever, very funny comedy of manners spliced with a domestic thriller (Kate Atkinson, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of LIFE AFTER LIFE and CASE HISTORIES)

The characterization is exceptionally well done, the writing stylish and mature... this is a very accomplished psychological thriller (S.J. Bolton)

A terrific debut novel (Val McDermid, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of WIRE IN THE BLOOD)

This is an utterly compelling story, gorgeously written and with so many shocks and surprises... I raced through it. My highest recommendation (Tess Gerritsen, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of KEEPING THE DEAD)

[A] heart-thumping tale of deception (Woman & Home)

This unsettling story of two people heading for catastrophe is impossible to put down... Will appeal to anyone hooked by Gone Girl (Prima)

If you enjoyed Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, you'll love this unsettling psychological thriller (Sun on Sunday, Fabulous Magazine)

A brilliant tale of misreadings and desperate measures (Sainsbury's Magazine)

Reminiscent of Gone Girl in that it's written in the alternating voices of the couple, it's every bit as addictive. You'll be thinking about it for months to come (

A.S.A. Harrison knocks it out of the park with her first novel The Silent Wife. With a spare, elegant, and deft hand, she paints two dueling psychological portraits of longtime live-in lovers who become putative killer and hapless victim in a tale that no one is likely to forget any time soon. I couldn't put this book down (Elizabeth George)

A chilling portrait of a relationship gone terribly awry. Harrison takes the reader down a wickedly twisted path that has us at once rooting for and wary of the protagonists. A breathtaking story that will keep you reading well into the night and wide awake long after the final page (Heather Gudenkauf)

Original & absorbing (Big Issue)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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85 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 July 2013
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Well, the publisher's blurb describes this as `shocking and compelling' - I have to say that I was neither shocked nor compelled. The set-up is an interesting one: Jodi and Todd have been together for 20 years, they supposedly love each other but Todd is a serial philanderer and Jodi pretends not to notice. Then his latest affair with a girl young enough to be his daughter brings everything to a head.

The problem is very little actually happens. And what does is related in a very mannered and distancing style that grated with me. This is an extract from the first page: `At forty-five Jodi still sees herself as a young woman. She does not have her eye on the future but lives very much in the moment, keeping her focus on the everyday... she is deeply unaware that her life is now peaking, that her youthful resilience is reaching a final stage of disintegration'. The whole book is written in this style, drawing attention to an omniscient narrator who tells us everything that the characters are thinking and feeling, with hardly anything being dramatised or `shown' to us.

The writing is spare and elegant but it kept me at arm's distance from the characters - perhaps a good thing as they're both deeply unpleasant. Todd is portrayed as a leering, lecherous, Neanderthal, and Jodi is a psychotherapist who avoids treating genuinely ill or troubled people.

So I'm afraid I found this a slow, tedious and, ultimately, pointless read - 3-stars is generous but the technical aspects of the writing warrant it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Mar. 2014
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A beautifully written novel. Unfortunately it kept itself distanced from me because the central characters are so hard to like and so little happens. The Silent Wife is the study of a marriage as it implodes; man finds younger woman and leaves childless wife after many years together. What happens next is a story of revenge, jealousy and a weak man becoming little more than a pawn in a strategic game played out between two women. There's little that reflects the fire and claws that would naturally ensue in that situation. Maybe because the wife's a psychotherapist she's written to reflect a clinical, detached attitude?. I expected, wanted, to feel real empathy for her and I couldn't. There's a tendency for the author to 'tell' the reader what the character is thinking/feeling/doing rather than develop them as people which adds to the overwhelming feeling of distance and non - attachment. I can only repeat what I said at the start; the standard of writing is clever and intelligent. The method of story telling didn't appeal to me at all.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 July 2013
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Ok, so I both loved and hated this book in equal measure. The story, that of a marriage disintegrating slowly but surely and told from the point of view of both of the partners, is compelling indeed. However the more I read on, the more I realised that I had no sympathy for either of them. Frankly they deserved each other! Sometimes though, having a book peppered with completely unlikeable characters works - and in this case it did. Instead of rooting for one or the other, I just found myself fascinated by the psyche of both...and actually getting quite cross with the pair of them. Jodie is a doormat. Yes she is. She runs the home with super efficiency, puts up with her husband's philandering and generally just enables him in his quest to do exactly what he likes. Todd doesnt know what he wants. He wants Jodie at home doing her thing, but he also wants to have the freedom to stray. And for some unfathomable reason, for a long time it works for both of them. Until Todd meets a woman who knows what SHE wants and from there this half life that both Jodie and Todd have been leading is going to come to a head....

The beauty of this book is that I didnt really know where it was going to end up. Both the major players have huge emotional issues and are seemingly unable to form coherent thoughts on what it is they think should be happening. The breadth of misunderstanding between the pair of them is amazing. And yet, it seems realistic. Hearing from first one then the other, seeing each different event from their individual points of view, works extremely well. Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive....that saying is oh so true here. Comparisons have been made to "Gone Girl". No. Sorry. Not sure where that came from, in my opinion it doesnt do either novel any good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Swarfield TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 July 2013
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This is as chilling journey into the darker side in a marriage that will appeal
to all thoses that were hooked by Gone Girl. In fact I would go as far as to say
that this has the edge.

Jodi and Todd are an affluent Chicago couple whose relationship is fast unravelling
and falling apart big time. Whilst Todd is a dedicated cheater and committed to
deceiving his wife, Jodi is in absolute denial about this, and the tale is told in
alternating voices, this unsettling story of two people heading for a train crash
of catastrophic proportions is absolutely impossible to put down.

Tragically the author of this first class novel passed away before she had the chane
to see her debut novel published, it is a fantastic book - unputdownable.
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