Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Silent Wife

Book: The Silent Wife
Author: Kerry Fisher

Lara’s life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can’t tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage.

Maggie is married to Massimo’s brother Nico and lives with him and her troubled stepdaughter. She knows all of Nico’s darkest secrets – or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret about Nico’s first wife Caitlin. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep silent to protect those she loves?

For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price.-Goodreads

A heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping read for fans of Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain. -Goodreads

Review: Told in alternating narratives, we follow Maggie and Lara. Maggie is a single mom from the wrong side of the tracks who marries Nico, a widower with a teenage daughter. His first wife passed away from cancer and Maggie struggles to live in first wive's shadow and house. She is not bonding with her stepdaughter and Nico is passive aggressive. Oh, and she has to deal with a mother-in-law who loved his first wife, thinks Maggie married Nico for his money and has a house key she uses whenever she wants. 

Lara lives across the street from Nico and Maggie with her husband Massimo, a successful accountant and their young son. She's a stay-at-home mom who seems to have the perfect life. 

I think I've read too many books where the "perfect life" turns into something more sinister. There was nothing 'wrong' with this book per say, there was just nothing new here. It was predictable on every level and boring. At times I found myself actually annoyed with Lara's son, even though I understood why he acted the way he did. I think this book would have been stronger if it was written completely from Lara's point of view and started farther back in time to when she first met Massimo. Although there were a few flashbacks and reasons as to why she wouldn't leave him, I never really bought into it. 

Overall, not my favorite book. This was a book club selection and everyone enjoyed it except for two of us. 

Grade: 2/5

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