Monday, 19 May 2014

The silent Wife

The Silent Wife
   This book is called a psychological thriller.  It certainly contains a lot of psychology, since the protagonist is a psychotherapist.  However, it didn't appear to be a thriller.  The language and feel of the book lacked suspense. In fact, the ending is announced on the second page: "a few short months are all it will take to make a killer out of her." Perhaps it could be called a psychological drama.
A.S.A. Harrison
   I read it on a three- day bus trip.  It kept my interest in spite of all the chatter and other bus distractions.
   There was considerable psychological theory- Freud and Adler, in particular.  Both Jodi, the protagonist, and her "husband" of 20 years had serious issues from their childhood and it seems that they were just playing out their parents' mistakes.
  There were some surprises, but also some dead ends.  Rather interesting and gets better on reflection.

The author, Susan Harrison died of cancer, at 65, before the book was published. She lived in Toronto.

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