THE SILENT WIFE by ASA Harrison
Available now from Blackstone Audio.
From the Publisher:
A chilling psychological thriller about a marriage, a way of life, and how far one woman will go to keep what is rightfully hers
Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the listener from page one and never lets go.
From the AudioFile review:
“Karen White gives Jodi a pleasant, reserved delivery–almost bland yet compelling–that perfectly suits this rather isolated wronged woman…Both performances beautifully support these two well-wrought character studies and set up a thoroughly satisfying payoff.”
From the Bermudaonion’s Weblog review:
“I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it quickly because I was sucked in from the very beginning. The writing is rather quiet, but the tension is palpable…I listened to the audio version of The Silent Wife which is narrated by Karen White and Donald Corren and I thought they both did a terrific job reading this 9 hour audio book.”
My recording experience:
I’ve been calling this book the “anti-romance”, and for me, anyway, it was a delicious alternative to the happy endings (which I do love), sort of a stringent palate cleanser. A.S.A. Harrison creates characters that are not full of hate, as you might expect by the plot summary, but who live in their own carefully constructed realities. As a reader, I was so immersed in Jodi’s world and logic, that every move seemed almost sensible. I hope I am able to take a listener on that journey with me!
It can be a challenge to share the narration of a book with another actor, but Donald Corren was a joy to work with. We recorded in our own studios, but sent each other samples of the characters (and I went first, so I did get to have “first dibs” on choices :)) so that our work would have that connection. I think this kind of novel told from two distinct points of view works well with two narrators, and Donald does a great job.
Finally, in researching this post, I was terribly sad to learn that the author died of cancer just as this book, her first novel, was about to release. So sad to lose a unique writing voice, and my heart goes out to her family.
Listen to a sample here:
- The Silent Wife: An extreme case of philanderer versus martyr (theglobeandmail.com)
- ‘The Silent Wife’: after infidelity, slow-burning revenge (seattletimes.com)