The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It was interesting but badly mistitled, there is NO WIFE in the entire book. Jodi and Todd were never legally married, they have just been living together for twenty years in a state that doesn't recognize common law marriages. Todd has cheated from day one and Jodi has turned a blind eye. Then Todd gets his best friend's (from highschool) daughter pg (obviously he is old enough to be her Father). She (Natasha) manipulates him into leaving Jodi by telling her Father (Dean). Dean of course calls Jodi and tells her what Todd has done, forcing Todd's hand. Todd then decides to evict Jodi from their apartment and stop paying her bills at Natasha's urging. This is too much for Jodi who is desperate to keep her home, when her friend Alison offers her a solution she jumps at it.
Slowly Jodi's childhood trauma resurfaces and we discover why she was so mute about Todd's cheating.
Todd to has a voice in the book and his serial cheating first on Jodi and then later on Natasha is the one constant in his life. The fact that not only Dean but Dean's family was there for him growing up makes the betrayal of their friendship all the more dastardly and one can hardly blame Dean for doing whatever is necessary to prevent his daughter from marrying Todd. And while Dean is accused of the crime, one can only wonder was it Dean or Jodi who ended Todd's philandering for good.
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