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The Silent Wife 

by A.S.A. Harrison (Penguin Canada)

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We are truly living in the era of the domestic thriller. I can't very well talk about The Silent Wife without comparing it to the (also) bestselling Gone Girl, both for the (sort of) shared subject–victimized wife becomes murderous villain; adulterous husband gets his due–as well as the he-said/she-said format. It works well in both books, and here the emphasis is not on mystery but on plumbing the depths of despair, betrayal and the danger that lurks in the domestic cocktail that is the damaged psyche and the broken heart combo. Harrison writes with conviction approaching radical feminism in places, but it is inside of her characters that the true plot lies. A revenge fantasy for all jilted women, The Silent Wife is a serious page-turner. Sadly, Harrison passed away earlier this year–I'm sure this would have been the first of many incredible novels.

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