The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison

I like the setting in Chicago with all it’s familiar places such as the Loop, Navy Pier, Printers Row,  and the Drake Hotel.
I like the backdrop of psychology not only in the heroine’s profession, but also in the exploration of Adler’s three life goals. “That Adler’s school is pragmatic and socially atuned is nowhere quite so evident as in his three main life tasks, which he identified as hallmarks of mental health: 1) the experience and expression of love, 2) the development of friendships and social ties, and 3) engagement in meaningful work.” (p. 130)
I like the way the reader is a casual, but engaged, observer. Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl felt like it was constantly playing tricks on me for the sake of keeping me guessing. A. S. A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife has a crescendo slowly building to a completely unexpected, but believable, conclusion.
I like reading about strong women and seeing how they’ve coped with life’s adversities. Even if it is in a way I wouldn’t choose for myself.
I first heard of The Silent Wife when I read about it on Nadia’s blog, A Bookish Way of Life. Our reading likes are so compatible, and this book which came highly recommended by her is no exception. Read it for a thriller, read it for its multi-layered plot, and read it to see all the ways in which this wife is silent.

21 thoughts on “The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison”

  1. Bellezza, thanks 🙂 And, I totally agree, our reading likes are compatible – I love it! Its nice to know that I won't be the only one hating or loving a book. I'm so glad you liked The Silent Wife – I figured you would (plus, I thought you would enjoy the Chicago setting). It was definitely a much better read than Gone Girl!


  2. There sure are a lot of “wife” books out right now, aren't there? I'm reading The Aviator's Wife (very good) and recently finished The Paris Wife (decent). I wonder if I'd enjoy this. I do love a good thriller. I'll pick up a copy and give the back blurb a read.

    Hope you're enjoying your summer break. I rode my bike for the first time in months this past weekend. Heading out again this evening!


  3. Of course, you, Andi and I all concur about Gone Girl! This was just the read I needed for a thrill between other more somber novels I have ahead. Thanks for telling about it.


  4. When you said The Aviator's Wife at first I thought you meant Anita Sheeve's The Pilot's Wife! There are a lot of wife books about, but this one is quite different than any I've read for awhile. I think you'll like it.

    I rode for about an hour yesterday: it's been lovely and cool here, with a remarkable (and welcome) lack of humidity. Wish we could ride together although you'd probably kick my ass. 😉


  5. I'll have to add this to my list of 'to reads'! The quote you selected alone has me intrigued. I'm going to have a lot of books to read if I keep following your blog. 🙂


  6. I've read both The Pilot's Wife and The Aviator's Wife. And until this moment, I didn't even see a connection, but oh, there sure is one! Have you read Shreeve's? I don't want to give anything away…

    I doubt I'd kick your ass. I've only ridden once since last October. I'm as slow as molasses! But it was a lovely ride. Low humidity here, too. It was almost cool as we sat out on our porch, enjoying strawberries and vanilla ice cream while watching the neighbors blow up the 'hood. 😉


  7. I just read that this author passed away. This is the blurb from

    I devoured — and loved — THE SILENT WIFE, a debut novel by A. S. A. Harrison. She had been scheduled to be on one of the panels I attended at the American Library Association (ALA) Conference last weekend, but I was sad to learn that she passed away in April from cancer. Joe Hartlaub had this to say about THE SILENT WIFE last week in his review: “THE SILENT WIFE is so well-paced and reads so quickly that it’s easy to glide over important points that come back to explode behind you when you’ve all but forgotten about them.” I heartily agree; this slim novel about a relationship headed for dissolution and the wife's plan for revenge — which is told in alternating chapters of “Him” and “Her” — is so well-crafted. It should be a book talked about all summer!


  8. I saw this blurb/review on today, too. I knew the author had suddenly died, which is sad in many ways besides not getting the accolades she deserves for such an interesting book. I hope you have a chance to read it.

    By the way, I've been scouring he library for a Deborah Crombie book after you reviewed one of her mysteries. I don't know which one to start! Can I just jump Into the series?


  9. Personally, I'd start at the beginning. I may still have the first two in my box of books to give away and would be more than happy to send them to you. Let me know. BTW, the first is A Share in Death, followed by All Shall Be Well.


  10. I would love to receive the first two Crombie books! Our library, with its three branches, never seems to have wha I want. How about if you and I set up a library next to a bike path? I'd love to send you Beth Hoffman's book, Looking For Me, if you don't have it. I'm just finishing it up, and I know how much you liked Saving CeeCee Honnicut. Her latest is quite an enjoyable read. xo


  11. I've read a few reviews of this book but it's yours that has convinced me to read this book! I especially like that the story builds to an unexpected, but believable end. I always like reading about strong women who deal with adversity and soldier on. The Chicago setting is good, too. NYC is my first choice of setting but Chicago's a good second!
    Great post…thank you!


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