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Author: Susan Crawford Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780062388568
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A stylish psychological thriller in which a woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend

Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor Celia is brutally murdered. To Dana’s horror, she was the last person to see Celia alive. Suffering from mania, the result of her bipolar disorder, she has troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia’s death.

Her husband’s odd behavior and the probing of Detective Jack Moss create further complications as she searches for answers. The closer she comes to piecing together the shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her … or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again?

A story of marriage, murder, and madness, The Pocket Wife explores the world through the foggy lens of a woman on the edge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Pocket Wife is haunting, gripping, and lyrical—a book you won’t want to put down. Susan Crawford is a bright new star.”

    Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of To Dwell in Darkness

  • “Not a word is wasted in Susan Crawford’s fast-paced, thrilling debut. As Crawford explores the boundaries of memory and sanity, the suspense steadily gathers, and in her skilled hands, readers will be left guessing until the very end.”

    Lori Roy, Edgar Award-winning author of Bent Road

  • “As Dana continues to spiral out of control, her accelerating mania clouding her perceptions, Crawford manages for the most part to sidestep cliché and preserve her leading lady’s spunk, humor, and dignity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Descriptive, lyrical prose creates an intimate and visceral read that is both a solid mystery and a fast-paced psychological thriller.”

    Library Journal

  • “Because the tale is told primarily from Dana’s sharp but manic perspective, suspense develops around her possibly unreliable interpretation of events. This is a gripping, character-driven mystery that would pair well with Sophie Hannah’s The Truth-Teller’s Lie.”


  • The Pocket Wife is an exceptional literary thriller debut that sensitively portrays a woman struggling with bipolar disorder, and the horrific possibility that she’s a murderer. Engrossing, thrilling, and page-turning all the way through, this is one you won’t want to miss!”

    Chevy Stevens, bestselling author of Still Missing

  • A March 2015 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell has won multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Odyssey Award for narration. She was been named a “Best Voice” by AudioFile magazine and in 2018 was inducted in Audible’s inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame.