The Silent Wife – A.S.A. Harrison
*This article is spoiler-free*
I received this book through Goodreads giveaway. The cover image, the blurb on the back of the book and the title made me want to devour this book. This book is shelved as a psychological thriller / mystery book. In the blurb, we get a good idea that it is about a relationship involving a murder, the wife being the murderer. How it happens? That’s what we want to know.
This book was easy to get hooked on, and also knowing that a murder was going to happen made me want to keep reading for more all the time. The story is about a couple in their 40s living in Chicago in a beautiful apartment, living an ‘almost normal’ life, at first. The more you get to know the characters, the more you see how different they are. The book chapters alternate views between ‘Her’ side of the story and ‘His’ side of the story. That was something quite captivating about this novel, because I was always looking forward to knowing the view of the other character on the series of events. The story advances either way, and the author let’s you know clearly how events had impacted the character.
She is a psychologist, he is a building contractor. She is very smart, analyzes a lot, is very organized, but she keeps all of feelings inside. He acts on impulse, takes risks (that turns out good – most of the time?), outgoing, but is a cheater. The more I was reading, the more I was wanting her to actually kill him. It’s not that he is that bad, but after a while, their relationship annoys you. The characters are well thought, but I wanted to give them both a little kick in the butt.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, definitely. It is well written, well paced, and the story is good. Despite those characters, I’m happy to have read it.