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Todd and Jodie have been together for more than twenty years. They are both aware their world is in crisis, though neither is willing to admit it.

Todd is living a dual existence, while Jodie is living in denial. But she also likes to settle scores. When it becomes clear their affluent Chicago lifestyle could disintegrate at any moment, Jodie knows everything is at stake. It’s only now she will discover just how much she’s truly capable of…

A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife is her first and last fiction novel. She passed away in 2013. At the novel’s zenith it was marketed as that year’s Gone Girl. It is again about a toxic marriage and a story told in unsettling alternating voices. Unlike Gone Girl, I couldn’t feel sympathy for anybody – both are awful people and they deserve each other. This one doesn’t rely on twists and turns to tell its story. So for me, it wasn’t much of a page-turner. However the beauty here is the prose – sharp, witty, slow, methodical, elegant and incisive. It manages to deconstruct the characters to their core which is as murky as hell. Harrison does tend to engage in lengthy description, but once I start to fall in love with her prose, I was all in.

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