Happy Tuesday my lovelies! It’s sunny down here in Devon today- and blimey what a difference it makes. I’m bouncing around with a spring in my step, irritating every poor soul I meet… but then that’s what a little bit of sunshine and finishing a truly excellent book can do for you… and Kerry Fisher’s The Silent Wife is just that- truly excellent.
Maggie is in the first throws of marriage to her gorgeous husband Nico – but far from enjoying honeymoon bliss – she is plunged into the push-a-me pull-you life of slotting into a close-knit Italian family as well as dealing with a teenage step-daughter still grieving the loss of her mother.
Lara is the second wife of Massimo, Nico’s brother. Her life is perfect. Perfect husband, perfect child, perfect home. Or at least, that’s how it appears. But Maggie’s arrival into the family challenges the status-quo with her straight-talking, no-nonsense attitude… and Lara’s buttoned up manner begins to loosen.
Maggie is a brilliant character- very straightforward, honest and open – and I loved the fact that the author didn’t feel the need to over-complicate her. Maggie is true to herself and to her humble but happy up bringing on a run-down estate with her mother, Beryl. Hurrah for the complete lack of naval-gazing! Maggie’s openness and honesty played a powerful counterpoint to Lara’s complex character. In fact- all the characters were beautifully written and very real- even Anna, who begins almost as a caricature of the archetypal Italian matriarch is tempered by glimmers of warmth, familial duty and emotion.
This isn’t an easy read- full of tension, distress and secrets waiting to escape. There are some hard-hitting scenes that made me both angry and tearful. To be honest, it had a lot to compete with when I started reading it. Having read a couple of hard-hitting thrillers back-to-back, I was craving something light and fluffy- and this is as far from that as you can get. But Fisher’s beautiful writing drew me straight into Lara and Maggie’s world, and I cared so much about what happened to them both, and their families, I raced through the pages. And the ending? Well, it’s perfect.
The Silent Wife is a clever examination of social class and snobbery, everyday sexism, and how much can be hidden behind carefully constructed appearances and closed doors. A fantastic, thought-provoking story, told with pace and style.
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The Blurb:Would you risk everything for the man you loved? Even if you knew he'd done something terrible?
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. Then 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.
A heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping read for fans of Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
About Kerry FisherBorn in Peterborough, Kerry Fisher studied French and Italian, and taught English in Corsica and
Spain before climbing to holiday rep and grape picker in Tuscany. She eventually returned to England to ‘get a proper job’, and spent two years in features at Essentials magazine. She now lives in Surrey with her husband, two teenagers and a very naughty lab/schnauzer called Poppy.