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    Silent Wife

    Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison is barely put downable. I have read it in the car by the light of my cell phone (while someone else was driving, of course) and stayed up way too late for a couple of nights reading the alternating 'Him' and 'Her' chapters about the disintegration of a twenty year relationship. Sounds alot like 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn, right? It is in the alternating chapter writing style and it is an equally excellent thriller. It is, though, an entirely different and engrossing real time psychological thriller about deception, denial, naivete, and simmering resentments that leave no character unscathed. This debut novel of Harrison's was published as a paperback original rather than a hardcover but do not let that deceive you about the excellent writing and storytelling within. I relished the thought of Harrison's next novel but discovered, quite sadly, that she died in April just weeks before this book was published. She did, though, have the satisfaction of reading some excellent and well deserved reviews before her passing. I may just have to read this one again. And again.

    Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison is barely put downable.  I have read it in the car by the light of my cell phone (while someone else was driving, of course) and stayed up way too late for a couple of nights reading the alternating 'Him' and 'Her' chapters about the disintegration of a twenty year relationship.  Sounds alot like 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn, right?  It is in the alternating chapter writing style and it is an equally excellent thriller.   It is, though, an entirely different and engrossing real time psychological thriller about deception, denial, naivete, and simmering resentments that leave no character unscathed.  This debut novel of Harrison's was published as a paperback original rather than a hardcover but do not let that deceive you about the excellent writing and storytelling within.  I relished the thought of Harrison's next novel but discovered, quite sadly, that she died in April just weeks before this book was published.  She did, though, have the satisfaction of reading some excellent and well deserved reviews before her passing.  I may just have to read this one again.  And again. 

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    Angela Guinther
    Carnegie West Branch Manager

    Recent Reads: Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth. The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture by David Mamet, and Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter: Scaling Back in the Century by Lloyd Kahn
    You might find her: Working out at Edgewater Park and enjoying the lake, or cooking up recipes from some of her favorite cookbooks
    Loves: Concerts, and lots of them. Just this year she saw nearly 10, with Madonna being her favorite of all time.