The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher

The Silent Wife

A heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping read for fans of Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain Lara's life looks perfect on the surface---gorgeous doting husband, Massimo; sweet little son, Sandro; and the perfect home. But Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else, or everything he has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage...

Details The Silent Wife

TitleThe Silent Wife
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Reviews The Silent Wife

  • Sue
    THE SILENT WIFE by Kerry Fisher was previously titled The Secrets of Second Wives. I loved this book. It is the story of two women who are second wives of two brothers in an Italian family. This novel explores the psychological issues of second marriages, and the hardships and darker sides of a marriage. The novel is set in 2016, in the Brighton area of the UK.Laras life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little ...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher was previously called 'Secrets of Second Wives', a title I much prefer.Be careful what you wish for - you may get it. This is certainly true of Maggie, a woman from a less than desirable background; growing up on a council estate, a single mother, the daughter of single mother. All she has ever wanted is to be part of a close family, one of those families that do everything together, that support each other. When N...
  • Donna
    Oh my, where do I begin ?!?! I absolutely loved this book!! You know it's an extraordinary story, when you don't want it to end. The characters are so well presented that you actually feel you are part of the family - some you love, some that irritate you, others that make you laugh while still others you want to scream at. I enjoyed each character for their own unique qualities but my favorite was Beryl. She was so down to earth, funny and sarca...
  • Elaine
    What a great, very different, novel this is! Welcome to the Farinelli family from Brighton - it has a great collection of characters who are brought to life in the pages of this story, some of whom youll love but others youll definitely not!Theres the domineering, strident Italian Mama, a real matriarchal character and the mother of two sons, Massimo and Nico. Both sons have married for the second time and the story is related from the points of ...
  • Sarah Joint
    Beautifully written and heart-wrenching. The ending left tears in my eyes. I was completely engrossed in this book and couldn't stop turning pages. It's a very absorbing story about love and family. A reminder that the "perfect couple" (you know the one) you envy isn't always as perfect as they seem. That overly affectionate husband you wish your own would take clues from may be hiding a dark side. And even though you yourself may be envious of s...
  • Petra
    In The Silent Wife (or 'The Secrets of Second Wives' as it was formerly called, and which btw I prefer) Kerry Fisher explores the dynamics of second marriages. She looks at the complicated relationships with step-children, the in-laws, and the regular reminders of the wives/mothers who were first. Told in the alternating voices of Maggie and Lara, this was a poignant story of what women are prepared to go through for their families. Maggie marrie...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    The Silent Wife was a really exciting and enjoyable read. As at today (Sunday 9th April 2017) this book is sitting in #1 spot for family sagas on Amazon UK and #2 in others. It's a bestseller! This book really has some characters that make the book strong - those that are in the light, and those that live in the dark and those that like to fool you and fluctuate between the two. A new wife is trying to be accepted into a large close-knit family w...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    This was an interesting read for me. Prior to reading, I didn't know whether it would be more of a thriller versus mystery or suspense. I would say that this novel leans more towards the side of mystery and suspense (even if some of the events are horrific).One thing that I found especially difficult while reading was reading details surrounding Lara's life. I think this element of the novel will be difficult to read for quite a few people and fe...
  • Eva
    My reviews can also be found at www.noveldeelights.comCan a review consist of just some incoherent gibberish to show how much youve loved a book? How about a Kermit flail? No? Because quite frankly, Im not at all sure how Im supposed to put into words the emotional rollercoaster Ive been on following this story of a dysfunctional and slightly cuckoo family.Its all incredibly relatable. Who hasnt had to play happy families when sticking a fork in ...
  • leslie hamod
    A psychological thriller which enters the darkest recesses of the human psyche. The reader is subjected to a voyeuristic look into the basis of human behavior through witnessing the dissolution of a twenty year relationship. The author used an incredible knowledge of psychological theories to develop and carry out a plot so subtle and frightening that it must be read. So impressed by the reality of human behavior and character development before ...
  • Louise Wilson
    3.5 stars. The Silent Wife was formerly called The Secrets of Second Wife's .On the surface Lara's life looks perfect. Perfect husband Massimo. Perfect son Sandro. Lara knows something about Massimo. A secret she can never share.Maggie is married to Nico. Nico is Massimo's brother. Nico has a daughter from his first marriage. Maggie discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret.This is an emotional roller coaster to read. Grippi...
  • G.J.
    Well I am afraid this was nothing like I had hoped it would be ! Gripping ? Emotional ? Unexpected twists ? Nope, sorry, it was a decent family saga type book , nothing more in my view. The characters, especially the men, were stereotypes and the plot had more holes than a Swiss cheese !Some of the writing was good which is why I have given it 3 stars.
  • Judy Collins
    A special thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review to follow.
  • Lucy Walker
    This book wasn't gripping, or a page-turner, it was tedious. I kept going because it promised "a twist that would take (my) breath away" but I'm still not sure what the twist was. Apart from the lack of real drama there were some lazy inconsistencies: a character speaking in the first person who was apparently "thick" and "uneducated" but who used words like 'alacrity'; a regional swimming final that saw Brighton compete against Newcastle...I don...
  • Joanne Robertson
    I do love a twisty family drama, one full of secrets and lies that you read with just the slightest tinge of smugness as you can see what is about to happen miles before our poor characters do. But Kerry Fisher always managed to pull something delectably different out of the bag and here she managed to throw a few curveballs, keeping us in our toes right to the very end!The days of the traditional mum, dad and their 2.4 children have long gone no...
  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
    The Silent Wife wasn't bad, wasn't great, it was just OK.The story was decent, the writing a little less than decent, but it was a quick read with good, though infuriating, characters.I was on the fence about whether to read this or not, but it has such a high rating, I went for it. Eh, I kind of wish I hadn't bothered.I'd like to give it a 2.5, but since we can only do whole number ratings, I rounded it up to 3 because I liked it more than I did...
  • Debbie
    Absolutely awesome read! And yes, it's one of those you cannot put down and won't want to put down. The farther I got into the book, the more I was into the book.The Farinelli's have lived on the same street for years. Their mother, Anna, lives in the childhood home alone. While the oldest brother, Massimo, lives with his second wife of 10 years, Lara, and their child Sandro next door to his youngest brother, Nico. Massimo is divorced from his fi...
  • Paula Sealey
    I continued to the end of this book, but I wouldn't describe it as 'gripping' like a lot of other reviewers, or indeed, it's own advertising did. Maybe this skewed my enjoyment a little, as I'd built it up to be something more interesting than the rather slow and predictable family drama it actually was. It's a reveal of what goes on behind closed doors for Lara and Maggie, married to two Italian brothers. The characters are cliched and there rea...
  • Darcie Boleyn
    Kerry Fishers writing always draws me in from the first page and grips me until the last. I need to clear my schedule before starting one of her books because I know I wont want to put it down.The Silent Wife is absolutely fabulous! Its about families and the complicated webs that exist within them, about how people lie to protect themselves and others. I loved the way that Ms Fisher slowly revealed the familys secrets and how she created such re...
  • Meggy
    All families are crazy. This is what my great-grandmother used to say. Boy did she was right! Families are tricky, you are handled carefully weaved small threads, connections to all those people that share your name and blood or not, and those little bonds get tangled, they loosen, they get older, they keep messing with your head. Families are a blessing. But families can also be a curse!The Farinellis, a seemingly nice and happy big Italian fam...
  • Knewmyer
    Excruciatingly mind-numbing and boring. I would not have finished this if it weren't a book club read. Just awful, a soap opera. I thought it was a thriller or that something would actually happen. Way too many metaphors. smh.
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    I was so disappointed with this book it has been on my want to read list for a while. I found a copy and brought it home to read and I could not read it. As I was reading it there was no editing done on this book it dawned on me it's self published and that's why I could not read it. Please know that I did not read it for long and had to give up.
  • Payton (Payton's Book Thoughts)
    For the full review, please visit paytonsbookthoughts.wordpress.comAs you can see from my rating, this book was just ok for me. It definitely had a lot of potential because of the subject matter, but it just never got too exciting to read. It actually took me much longer to read this book than I first anticipated. To be completely honest, I was a little disappointed in this book.The story is told from two alternating perspectives of Maggie and La...
  • Nikki ღ Navareus
    ***FIVE STARS!***This story sucked me in from the very first page and kept me glued until the ending. Real life was being a pain and kept me from reading straight through in one sitting, but if I hadn't been so crazy busy, I would have never put this baby down. Maggie was one of my most favorite heroines ever. She was sweet, compassionate, funny, and her inner monologues had me laughing my ass off. I adored Maggie's mother too-she was such a forc...
  • Sarah MacIntyre
    I loved this book! My only disappointment is that I have finished it and have envy of others who will be reading it soon. Definitely darker than previous books but still full of the subtle, wicked humour that I love from Kerry Fisher. Characters are so well presented you feel you are there with the Farinelli's. Like any family a few to love, some to irritate and a one or two to dislike. Secrets that can destroy and and lots of family tensions fro...
  • Heidi
    I accidentally stumbled across The Silent Wife when browsing Amazons monthly deals, and ordered it on Audible for my upcoming holiday. It turned out to be one of those random purchases which worked in my favour, as the story and characters soon drew me in. This is a slow burning drama, focusing on family and husband-wife relationships, and there were a few intriguing dynamics being explored here. Since I was the same age as Francesca when my moth...
  • Kathryn in FL
    Kerry Fisher has done excellent research and delivery on a topic that has been on the periphery of modern culture for way to long -assault within the family (physical, verbal and sexual). She treads cautiously and while serious, it seemed downplayed (though that might be based on my own perceptions and experiences). More importantly, this is about secrets that are kept within a family and the traps of pride, fear and denial can keep the secrets f...
  • Ana
    Originally posted on This Chick Reads4.5/5'The Silent Wife' is the latest book by Kerry Fisher and one I've been so excited about. Back in 2015 I read Kerry's book 'The Island Escape' and immediately fell in love with her writing, the way she explores friendship and made me recognize parts of myself in both of her main characters. Needless to say then that I had such high hopes for 'The Silent Wife' and now after I've read it, I can say I wasn't ...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Bookouture can seem to do no wrong. I have yet to read a book published by them that I didn't like. My bookheart is full and happy! This contemporary book is told through the eyes of two women. Maggie, newly married to Nico and competing with his first wife who passed away only a couple years ago. Her integration into his family is not going as well as she would have liked. Lara, married to Nico's brother, Massimo, is quiet, withdrawn and a priso...
  • Abbie
    Do you ever really know what goes on within a marriage?I eagerly anticipated reading The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher after really enjoying her previous novel, After The Lie. There is always a little trepidation in reading the latest novel by an author you have previously enjoyed as you hope it will live up to the expectations you have. I am pleased to say that Fisher has delivered again with an enthralling book that is unputdownable.Told in first...