The Silent Wife

(4 Posts)
hollyisalovelyname Sat 19-Apr-14 10:07:48

Anybody read it. Your thoughts please.

Cheboludo Sat 19-Apr-14 14:42:09

I wasn't keen on it. I think my expectations were too high but it just felt quite flat and uneventful.
I think the publishers, editors and fellow authors did a wonderful job in pushing the book and honouring the author after she died pre-publication but, unfortunately, I didn't think the book stood up to that hype.

IslaMann Sat 19-Apr-14 14:52:52

I agree Cheboludo. If she was still alive the book wouldn't have been so hyped. I found none of the characters likeable and found it hard to raise any empathy.

Cheboludo Sat 19-Apr-14 15:27:52

Yes, Isla, it was difficult to really care what happened to any of them.
I've read novels with unlikeable characters that have been brilliant books (eg The Dinner, Notes on a Scandal, We Need to talk about Kevin) but in those books there was a real desire to find our exactly what happened. Thinking about it, the 3 I mentioned all have unreliable narrators of sorts, maybe that's what the Silent Wife was missing (for me)

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