The worst thing I can say about The Silent Wife is that it does not paint an uplifting picture of long-term relationships; the rest is a treat. The wife of the title is not, in fact, a wife, but a long-term girlfriend, a legal detail that will being great grief to her non-husband after he carefully avoids telling her that he is getting married to his much-younger other girlfriend, who is pregnant to boot, while carelessly allowing others, from his lawyer to his fiancee’s outraged father, share the news with her. She seethes, tries her own avoiding strategy, and plots her revenge. There’s much to remind the reader of Gone Girl, although this story’s strength is more in the exploration of psychological worlds than in the twists of the scenario.
And a great, underplayed book cover to boot!