The Silent Wife
A. S. A. Harrison
What’s beneath the surface of a seemingly happy relationship? What makes it work and where are the flaws? Jodi Brett and Todd Gilbert have a smooth way of being together and it’s worked for twenty-some years. They’ve never officially married, but it doesn’t matter. This is a marriage and they have a nice rhythm, live a very nice life and have everything they want.
Then we get to know them a little better. Todd is a big person with a big personality. He’s made a success of himself in real estate, flipping office buildings in Chicago. He loves Jodi, but he likes a lot of other women too. Jodi works part-time as a psychologist, seeing patients in their home. She loves Todd. She likes taking care of him and making their life nice and comfortable. She likes the routine of their life and she looks the other way because she’s settled.
Then things begin to happen and the balance is upset. What comes next is a look at how far a person will go to make things right and fair.
Harrison has written a great story and I enjoyed every word. Her characters are fun and, despite the dark side of the plot, strangely likable. The story unfolds in a comfortable and humorous way. I liked their life, their condo, their conversations and what they ate. I liked the nice way they had with each other. I think she does a terrific job introducing these characters.
I like the way Harrison builds suspense and then returns to the plot, giving the reader a taste of what’s to come. The story moves at a very good pace and still provides a solid background.
Through therapy sessions that are a required part of Jodi’s training, Harrison explores Jodi’s character, her childhood and the events that shape her. Harrison helps the reader understand these characters by applying psychological theory to their backgrounds. This element adds a nice layer to the story.
There are surprises and twists all the way to the end and that makes it work. I wish I could have read it in one sitting!
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