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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A. S. A. Harrison knocks it out of the park with her first novel, The Silent Wife. With a spare, elegant, and deft hand, she paints two dueling psychological portraits of longtime live-in lovers who become putative killer and hapless victim in a tale that no one is likely to forget any time soon.”

    Elizabeth George, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A very clever, very funny comedy of manners spliced with a domestic thriller.”

    Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Superb…A must-read for anyone who is occasionally ruthless, reckless, or psychologically weird—and anyone who loves clever books with depth and heart.”

    S. J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is an utterly compelling story, gorgeously written and with so many shocks and surprises that I raced through it to find out what happens next. My highest recommendation.”

    Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author

  • “I gobbled it down in one sitting, and because of the wonderful writing, I did not feel one speck guilty.”


  • “This summer’s sleeper hit.”

    New York Times

  • The Silent Wife is a boning knife of a novel, sharp and quick.”


  • The Silent Wife is a quick-witted marital pas de deux featuring a psychotherapist and her philandering husband.”


  • “The surprises keep coming, pager after quiet page…Harrison writes well with a light touch, but her touch is devastating nonetheless.”

    Guardian (London), a US Summer Reads Pick

  • “This perfectly pitched debut offers sharp insights into the grievances that accumulate over a long relationship, and the lengths to which a woman will go when her world collapses.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Harrison has spun a masterfully suspenseful tale in which the main plot point is given away from the beginning—no easy feat. It’s a story of the end of a marriage, the end of love, and how long buried secrets can cast a long shadow.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Harrison’s The Silent Wife is a clean, understated thriller.”


  • “That final revelation from Harrison, who, regrettably, died before she could see her debut novel published, inflicts the stealth damage of an icepick to the carotid artery.”

    New Republic

  • “Utterly absorbing…The secret of this novel’s spell lies not in ingenious twists but in its meticulous plausibility. You probably know—and may even be—someone very much like Todd or Jodi, which makes their relentless tick-tock toward doom all the more riveting.”


  • “A smart, nuanced portrait of a dying marriage…Harrison breathes life into Adlerian psychology and weaves theory into a heart-pounding thriller that will keep you up at night.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Harrison’s novel is the story of what happens when the life we’ve worked so hard to achieve is exposed as an illusion…At once coolly detached and heartbreakingly accurate. Sure to be a hit with psychological-thriller fans.”

    Library Journal

  • “Karen White gives Jodi a pleasant, reserved delivery…that perfectly suits this rather isolated wronged woman. Donald Corren somehow gives Todd a warm, likable persona, which is essential to the balance, since Todd’s innocent satisfaction with himself in spite of his total betrayal of Jodi and others is otherwise enough to make you long for his head on a pike. Both performances beautifully support these two well-wrought character studies and set up a thoroughly satisfying payoff.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, June 2013
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A 2013 Vogue Pick for Summer's Best Mystery Reads
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 CWA New Blood Dagger
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About the Author

A. S. A. Harrison (1948-2013) is the author of four books of nonfiction. She lived in Toronto, Canada.