I so loved The Island Escape by Kerry Fisher, my review of which you can read here, that I was thrilled to win an audio version of The Silent Wife on Facebook.
I have also been lucky enough to interview Kerry about The Silent Wife and you can read that interview here.
The Silent Wife was published on February 2017 by Bookouture and is available for purchase in e-book, audio and paperback here.
The Silent Wife
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…
My Review of The Silent Wife
In perfect families, there are secrets that can change all their lives.
Having so enjoyed reading The Island Escape I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy an audio book as much, but I needn’t have worried because the only aspect I didn’t much like was the Italian accent employed by the narrator for Anna. Kerry Fisher’s storytelling shone through so that it was impossible not to want to listen to the next bit. Having been ill over the period when I was listening to The Silent Wife, I listened to it in quite a fragmented way and I think it shows how brilliantly Kerry Fisher writes that as soon as I returned to the story it was as if I’d never been away.
The plot actually felt quite incidental to me even though it deals with issues that are shocking, because the real strength of Kerry Fisher’s writing in The Silent Wife is her wonderful characterisation. Every one of the cast in The Secret Wife felt like a real person so that I cared about what happened to them – even when I was hoping for the worst for them! I liked the way the narrative is told from the perspectives of Lara and Maggie, although my preference was for Maggie.
Although there are many details in The Secret Wife that seem quite everyday and fairly unimportant I felt they were crucial in conveying how life can impact on the ordinary person so that we never really know what happens in others’ lives. Reading this book might just help others in similar situations, although I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to spoil the story. Kerry Fisher knows exactly how women think and feel and she manages to convey humour, sadness and real emotion so effortlessly. What I so enjoyed was the way I had to keep asking myself what I would do if I found myself in similar situations to Lara and Maggie.
I really enjoyed listening to The Silent Wife. I think it would be perfect for taking on holiday and immersing yourself into the close-knit world of a family with secrets.
About Kerry Fisher
Born in Peterborough, Kerry Fisher studied French and Italian at Bath University, followed by several years working as an English teacher in Corsica and Spain before topping the dizzying heights of holiday rep and grape picker in Tuscany. She eventually succumbed to ‘getting a proper job’ and returned to England to study Periodical Journalism at City University. After two years working in the features department at Essentials magazine in London, love carried her off to the wilds of the West Pennine moors near Bolton. She now lives in Surrey with her husband (of whisking off to Bolton fame), two teenagers and a very naughty lab/schnauzer called Poppy. Kerry can often be seen trailing across the Surrey Hills whistling and waving pieces of chicken while the dog practises her ‘talk to the tail’.
Kerry has spent half her life talking about writing a novel, then several years at Candis magazine reviewing other people’s but it wasn’t until she took some online courses with the UCLA (University of California) that the dream started to morph into reality, culminating in the publishing of The Class Ceiling. The Avon imprint of HarperCollins picked it up and retitled it The School Gate Survival Guide, published summer 2014. Her second book, The Island Escape, came out in May 2015. It won first prize at the York Festival of Writing for the opening line: ‘I was wearing the wrong bra for sitting in a police cell’.