The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife

Kerry Fisher / Aug 20, 2019

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

  • Title: The Silent Wife
  • Author: Kerry Fisher
  • ISBN: The Secrets of Second Wives
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  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 repu 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.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 that reveals a shocking secret about Nico s first wife 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 343 pages Published November 13th 2018 by Forever first published February 24th 2017 More Details Original Title The Secrets of Second Wives ISBN 1538714655 ISBN13 9781538714652 Edition Language English Other Editions 10 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Silent Wife, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Re there reading Group guides for this book like one year ago Add your answer Elbie With help from these comments I had to come up with questions for my book club, so with help from these comments I came up with these The Silent With help from these comments I had to come up with questions for my book club, so with help from these comments I came up with these The Silent Wife Kerry FisherThe abuse from the stepdaughter was intense, how long is too long to put up with that Would you have handled the young stepdaughter differently Do you think Maggie should have thrown out the gold box What would have happened if she didn t When the stepdaughter tore apart Maggie s sewing room what did you feel What would you have done It was mentioned that Lara s father lived with them for a short period in the room where she was cleaning the windows to destress She describes the view from there being Caitlyn and Nico s bedroom Did you then laterrealize then that that is how her father knew about the affair And in his dementia, he kept THAT memory.Anna always felt her sons were perfect, has anyone had an experience with a mother in law like her, or do you know someone like that Did you think it sad that there were so few friends involved in the story and it was kept so tightly with just the family less flag Any good book club questions about this book like one year ago Add your answer Laurie This answer contains spoilers view spoiler Do you think Maggie should have thrown out the gold What would have happened if she didn t hide spoiler flag See all 3 questions about The Silent Wife Lists with This Book Psychological Suspense for 2018 WAIT THERE S MORE Part 2 Updated 8 12 18 70 books 49 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Feb 28, 2017 Sue rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves kindle paperwhite, net galley, bookouture 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 Lara s life looks perfect on the surface Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home Lara knows some 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 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 This is the story of families, lies and secrets of friendship forming bonds, where the truth will result in excessive damage to the family and generations to come The novel centers around the two sister in laws, Lara and Maggie, who live next door to each other, with their controlling mother in law across the street One big happy Italian family The story opens with the wedding ceremony, Maggie marrying Nico after his wife Caitlin died Getting on with Nico s 13 year old teenager, Francesca proves to be an on going battle for Maggie Maggie will never be as good as her mother Maggie also brings her own baggage into the equation, being a single mom to her 7 year old son, Sam Maggie s outspoken mum, Beryl provides much humor and love to the story Lara married Massimo after Massimo s first wife, Dawn, left him Lara gave up her career as an accountant, and has been a stay at home Mum with their 7 year old timid son, Sandro.With each chapter titled Maggie or Lara we are provided with alternating perspectives The characters are so real I felt I was sitting down at the table or living room with them just listening to their moving emotional story The story moves along at a fast pace But soon the secrets they discover become too much What an emotional satisfying read This was the first book by Kerry Fisher that I ve read now and it won t be my last Definitely recommended to anybody who enjoys emotional women s fiction I look forward to reading the next book by Kerry Fisher a very talented author and one definitely to keep on the radar Many thanks to Bookouture for my ARC via NetGalley flag 94 likesLike see review View all 117 comments Mar 11, 2017 Sandy The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017, netgalley arc, new to me author, sandy s ng nirvana, sandy s reading retreat, 3 star 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 Nico asks her to marry him, she believes that this 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 Nico asks her to marry him, she believes that this is just what she is getting, but this family is so close that she finds herself on the outside looking in And then she makes a startling discovery, one that has the power to tear this family apart.The Silent Wife deals with the plethora of relationships a second wife faces as a newcomer being a step parent bringing a child of her own into the relationship the in laws the ghost of the dead wife It also deals with family violence So there was a lot to work with here, but unfortunately Kerry Fisher just didn t quite pull it off.This was an okay read that, at times, had flashes of brilliance, whereafter it would slip back into mediocrity There were so many similes So many that I was actually gnashing my teeth at one point It had a lot of potential that was not, in my opinion, explored We don t really get any great depth to the characters There is a lot of repetition A LOT This book was interesting to the point that I wanted to keep reading, encouraged by the occasional flash of brilliant writing, but it was not so good that I became absorbed my it The Silent Wife earns3.5 stars from me.Thank you to Bookouture via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of the Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own flag 66 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Feb 11, 2017 Donna rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 sarcastically outspoken but not in brutal way very 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 sarcastically outspoken but not in brutal way very tactful This is the story of Maggie, who is married to Nico and Lara, who is married to Nico s brother Massimo Maggie and Lara are both second wives for the brothers It is a tale of hidden fears, secrets, lies, deception, betrayal, loyalty, love, true friendship and so so much A heart breaking yet heart warming story of how secrets, lies and deception can tear a family apart AND how hidden inner strength, caring, love and forgiveness can bring a family back together BRILLIANTLY DONE This is the first book I ve read from Kerry Fisher and rest assured it will not be my last It was amazingly well written with so many unexpected twists and turns that I couldn t turn the pages fast enough I m actually envious of anyone who is about to start the incredible journey of reading this amazing novel Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, Bookouture and Kerry Fisher the author of The Silent Wife for the ARC in return for a fair and honest review flag 53 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Feb 26, 2017 Elaine rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2017, adult, authors to look out for, contemporary, mystery, netgalley, small community 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 you ll love but others you ll definitely not There s 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 views of their second wives, Lara and Maggie L 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 you ll love but others you ll definitely not There s 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 views of their second wives, Lara and Maggie Lara and Massimo have a son, Sandro, and appear to have the perfect marriage but appearances are often deceptive, particularly so in this family s case This is a story of secrets, abusive relationships, one where the golden son is actually anything but It involves the two second wives developing their relationship to start to trust one another and reveal confidences which lead to dramatic events This is a story where lies are perpetuated and maintained to keep the family together but at what cost What will happen when all is revealed and there s nothing to hide behind any It is a very moving story filled with deception, betrayal and, contrastingly, loyalty, love, caring and forgiveness Overall, this is about a dysfunctional family and it has a brilliant ending Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation This is my honest review flag 37 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Feb 25, 2017 Sarah Joint rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 someone else s relationship, just because your own 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 someone else s relationship, just because your own isn t perfect doesn t mean it isn t right.This story is told from two perspectives Maggie has recently married Nico, who lost his first wife to illness Nico has a teenage daughter, Maggie a younger son The teenager resents Maggie and doesn t make home life easy She compares free spirited Maggie to her fitness obsessed, neat freak mother Caitlyn and finds her lacking She s not ready to accept her and it seems the rest of the family isn t quite ready either, including her overbearing grandmother When Maggie accidentally discovers a secret Caitlyn took to her grave, she is conflicted Perhaps Nico and his daughter have the right to know, but she doesn t want to ruin the illusion of the perfect wife and mother Lara is married to Massimo, Nico s brother They have a young boy together who takes after his mother than his athletic father, much to Massimo s disappointment Massimo is larger than life, charming everyone he meets Maggie can t help but to think he s mismatched with the quiet, demure Lara but Lara didn t start out this way Massimo is quite different with his wife and son behind closed doors.Lara and Maggie begin to slowly grow closer, despite their differences A real friendship begins to blossom between them and they become unlikely allies.This book was originally titled Secrets of Second Wives, which led to some confusion on my part I liked the first title, but The Silent Wife fits it to a tee as well I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Bookouture, thank you My review is honest and unbiased flag 35 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Feb 07, 2017 Petra rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, womens fiction, uk 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 married Nico after his wife Caitlin died Nico has a tee 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 married Nico after his wife Caitlin died Nico has a teenage daughter, Francesca, and is part of a seemingly close knit, well off Italian family, while Maggie, who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, has been a single Mum to Sam since his birth, only supported by her no nonsense mother Beryl, who also brought up Maggie on her own Lara married Massimo, Nico s brother, after Massimo s first wife, Dawn, left him Lara has been a stay at home Mum to their shy seven year old son, Sandro The cracks in this extended family, which is ruled by strong minded matriarch Anna, soon appear, and while Maggie and Lara establish an unlikely friendship, it becomes harder and harder to sweep family secrets and betrayals under the carpet.This was the third book by Kerry Fisher that I ve read now While it still made me smile in parts, it had less of the prominent humour I loved in her other books This one was a lot sombre, raising awareness of the darker sides of some marriages It was very good at exploring issues of control and losing control The characters, as in all Ms Fisher s novels, were so well drawn, you actually have no doubt that they truly exist There was a nice mix of characters to love and characters to despise My absolute favourite was Beryl, Maggie s kind and outspoken Mum.Definitely recommended to anybody who enjoys emotional women s fiction Kerry Fisher has firmly established a place on my must read author list.Thanks to Bookouture for my ARC via NetGalley flag 26 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 17, 2016 Maxine Booklover Catlady rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves net galley reviewed, 2017 reading challenge, 2017 five star books, abuse themes, could not put down, disturbing moments, dysfunctional people, family dramas, sinister suburbs, domestic violence 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 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 with a dominating, cold dominating elderly Mother a 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 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 with a dominating, cold dominating elderly Mother at the helm, her sons are her whole world Some wives are not good enough, no matter how hard they try Tensions and dysfunctional interactions are a plenty in this novel The plot is really intriguing and all is not what it seems in this family Secrets are revealed and thing uncovered that will give you a reading buzz This is a true character driven book, you will develop early on your own feelings and thoughts around many of them no doubt Some feelings may change as you read on, almost guaranteed really If you like complex relationships and dysfunctional families this is a book for you It s not easy to read in places cruelty, abuse, violence behind closed doors must be hidden at all costs But there is a hefty price to pay This is a great read, 5 stars from me Just one of those pick up, get stuck right in and flick the pages until you are happily done novels Taut, terrific and highly enjoyable I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Bookouture via NetGalley All review opinions are my own, honest and totally unbiased.Thanks so much for reading my review To follow reviews, be alerted to awesome online author events and HUGE book giveaways and come on over to follow me on Twitter enquire about joining my VIP book reviewers team enquire about my varied and affordable book publicity services flag 25 likesLike see review Feb 28, 2017 Eva rated it it was amazing review of another edition My reviews can also be found at noveldeelightsCan a review consist of just some incoherent gibberish to show how much you ve loved a book How about a Kermit flail No Because quite frankly, I m not at all sure how I m supposed to put into words the emotional rollercoaster I ve been on following this story of a dysfunctional and slightly cuckoo family.It s all incredibly relatable Who hasn t had to play happy families when sticking a fork in your eye sounds way fun Who hasn t may My reviews can also be found at noveldeelightsCan a review consist of just some incoherent gibberish to show how much you ve loved a book How about a Kermit flail No Because quite frankly, I m not at all sure how I m supposed to put into words the emotional rollercoaster I ve been on following this story of a dysfunctional and slightly cuckoo family.It s all incredibly relatable Who hasn t had to play happy families when sticking a fork in your eye sounds way fun Who hasn t maybe worn a mask when visitors arrive ten seconds after you ve had an argument with your other half because it s none of their business But then imagine having to wear that mask day in, day out Live your life pretending so you don t rock the boat I don t know about you but I would go crazy Thank goodness I had the house to myself as I was engrossed from the very first page and wouldn t have been too thrilled with interruptions It s a testament to Kerry Fisher s writing The way she draws you in with characters that are so realistic, you expect them to jump off the page any second I couldn t help getting emotionally invested Getting utterly lost in the family dynamics, willing some characters on, wanting them to succeed or for some, hoping they d get their comeuppance Again, a good thing I was alone as I often muttered some choice words or used rude Italian gestures and that sort of thing just invites strange looks from whomever is sitting next to you.This story has a lot to offer Family secrets, skeletons in the closet, complicated relationships with stepchildren and a mother in law we wouldn t wish on anyone But also unlikely friendships and finding your inner strength The strength to make changes, to stay true to yourself, to find your way through a strange, new world that feels like an obstacle course.There s also humour Maggie and Beryl had me laughing out loud a number of times Especially Beryl who has a fabulous no nonsense attitude and no filter whatsoever.Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes funny, always gripping and with a satisfying ending I loved it flag 21 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Feb 14, 2017 Louise Wilson rated it liked it review of another edition 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 Gripping in parts with some good characters Remember an 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 Gripping in parts with some good characters Remember and have the tissues on standby.I would like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture and the author Kerry Fisher for my ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 17 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2018 G.J rated it liked it review of another edition 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 in my view The characters, especially the men, were stereotypes and the plot had holes than a Swiss cheese Some of the writing was good which is why I have given it 3 stars flag 14 likesLike see review Feb 28, 2017 Judy Collins rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017 releases, kerry fisher, books read in 2017, netgalley arc A special thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Review to follow flag 11 likesLike see review Feb 27, 2017 Joanne Robertson rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 now and family dynamics have changed dramatically du 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 now and family dynamics have changed dramatically due to the extended family Step parents are pretty much the norm nowadays so it was rather interesting to see how differently the two second wives coped within their new families Finding their feet without tripping up over family traditions or trying to live up to wife number one seem to be the constants here although Maggie seems to have a tougher time adjusting to her new role than Lara But Lara appears to have worse problems within her marriage to contend with.Kerry Fisher has created a tangled web of lies and indiscretions here with characters that I really came to care about and think of as friends I took to Maggie, especially, right from the first time we get to meet her at her wedding to Nico And when her mum Beryl was introduced into the plot, I realised where Maggie had inherited her strengths of character from and that it would hopefully help her adjust to married life as a second wife and stepmother to a teenage girl Beryl was hilarious and I think my goal in life now is to be a bit Beryl Straight talking, forthright and hilarious and always had the perfect story to tell or the perfect treat on hand at just the right time.Perfectly paced and plotted I loved following this family drama through to it s climatic finale It was slightly darker than Kerry s other books but still with a subtle but mischievous humour at times This book was originally called The Secrets of Second Wifes and if I m honest I think that represents the plot better than The Silent Wife but it made no difference once my head was stuck between the pages An enjoyable experience from start to finish Many thanks to Kim at Bookouture for my copy of The Silent Wife which I have chosen to read and review flag 10 likesLike see review Apr 09, 2017 Lucy Walker rated it it was ok review of another edition 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 NewcastleI don t know if this was rushed out to press in time fo 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 NewcastleI don t know if this was rushed out to press in time for holiday season, or whether the editor was on holiday, but it reads like a first draft A shame because the idea for he story was decent flag 10 likesLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Cortney LaScola The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach rated it liked it review of another edition 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 than I didn t flag 9 likesLike see review Feb 13, 2017 Debbie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves ebooks, net galley books 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 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 first wife who did not want children Nico is curren 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 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 first wife who did not want children Nico is currently newly married to his second wife, Maggie, after losing his first wife, Caitlyn, nearly 3 years ago to cancer Maggie has a son, Sam and Nico has a daughter, Francesco.The dynamics of this family are so crazy I m not going to go into them I m not spoiling it for anyone I will tell you that at one point I did hit the bed and scream yes, yes, yes when a certain someone got their comeuppance and I LOVED IT I just can say how much I enjoyed this book I love it when people who are being buttheads get theirs and there are several buttheads in this book This will definitely be one of my top reads for 2017 Huge thanks to Bookouture for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e galley in exchange for an honest review flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 16, 2017 Darcie Boleyn rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves chillers, thrillers, women s fiction, domestic noir Kerry Fisher s 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 won t want to put it down.The Silent Wife is absolutely fabulous It s 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 family s secrets and how she created such real and raw emotion along the way The female c Kerry Fisher s 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 won t want to put it down.The Silent Wife is absolutely fabulous It s 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 family s secrets and how she created such real and raw emotion along the way The female characters are strong and individual, yet bound together by the men in their lives and by their children There is a clear sense of how dynamics shift when another woman enters a family and how the matriarch is not always who you expect.This novel is gripping, exciting, page turning and addictive and I loved every page flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 26, 2017 Meggy rated it really liked it review of another edition

    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 family, know all about what a family is about At le

    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 family, know all about what a family is about At least that is what they think Lara will do anything for her husband and son to be happy, even if it means losing herself in the process Maggie is the new piece, the blended member trying her best to fit the picture and the empty seat left by the deceased first wife of her beloved husband Through those women s eyes, you get to know their husbands, the very different but equally strong men Massimo and Nico To say their views on life are different is a euphemism, but brotherhood is a strong bond and those two are navigating life together, through thin and thick Add to the mix the next generation, Sam, Sandro and Francesca to spice up the adults life and bring joy to the party Guarding the family is the mama, Anna Resilient, old fashioned Anna whose tongue is always ready to let slip a scathing comment or a nasty remark to her daughters in law while her warmth is enveloping and cherishing those two perfect sons life has blessed her with.

    But this portray is simplistic You could have guessed all of this from a family picture hanged on the wall.

    I knew outsiders only saw a fraction of what a marriage was really like

    With The Silent Wife, we are off to the real thing The author s writing breathes life What happens when the photographer says it s a wrap Kerry Fisher shows it all The masks appearances force you to wear, the pressure that comes with a family, the shadows, the secrets Chapter after chapter, layers are removed, the wounds start hurting, the cracks on the wall appear, the feelings just flow and you are left with the meaning of the sense of belonging, with what it truly means to be a family.

    For once in my life, I wanted to surrender to romance, to believe love was sparkly and special and not something that made you look in the mirror and shake your head at your own stupidity

    Maggie and Lara couldn t be different I don t want to dive too much into characterization because the book is an experience about who you are, who you appear to be, who you want to be and how you can relate to those around you All of this is locked away, for different reasons Lara cannot let her husband and his perfect life down by revealing what is eating her soul every day and Maggie won t destroy the newly found happiness and solace of her new husband and his reluctant daughter But secrets have a knack for bringing everything to the surface.

    I warmed to both women for very different reasons Maggie was the stepmother I wish I had had growing up She tries her best to protect what she is slowly and tentatively building I know what it feels to be treated as a second choice, as if you are just here to fill a gap, as if you don t quite fit into the picture She felt real and warm and really trying, even if painfully aware her ways are the opposite of what is done on the Italian side The Farinelli family is close knit and doesn t let strangers in so easily Lara learned it the hard way The many years since her wedding hasn t made her comfortable around her mother in law and her son s upbringing is a constant issue in the family Their struggles, their daily lives, their voices sounded spot on, I imagined them as my aunts, my cousins, and I felt for and with them.

    I think what made me feel so connected to Lara and Maggie from the start was the mixture of emotions coming from their different narrations The guarded Lara and the new addition Maggie, two different views of the same coin I love how Kerry Fisher seized the way we tiptoe around people, the way we try to cope with our own feelings and interpret others , the way something simple can bring people together when they least expect it, the way you can find allies in people you had no intention of letting in, because life happens and when you are faced with its hardships or happy moments You may find someone standing right next to you, holding out a hand That is also what family is for.

    I am nosey and I must say this story delivers on the promise to let you hide behind the curtains and see what happens behind closed doors It s not all bad, grey is all around, and I am happy the author gives room for opinions to be formed and evolve as the characters grow

    Finally, I was understanding what it meant to be a grown up

    Getting to know everyone else through Maggie and Lara s eyes was an excellent way of witnessing the difference faces we put on depending on who is around If something had made me angry during Lara s narration, Maggie s light on the same character, event or day would have my feelings completely changed If Maggie s light tone or complaint would irritate me a little, Lara s fresh eyes on it would give it another meaning With a clever array of secondary characters to spice already packed lives, the steady pace of the story never lets up.

    I dreaded the secret wouldn t let any room for character development but I must have forgotten how every single day shape us, no matter what hovers over our heads, and this is depicted so clearly in The Silent Wife that you might start looking around you with open eyes Kerry Fisher masters the magic of capturing life through all angles and delivering it to you raw and real.

    I d once had a boyfriend who called me Shnoodle Bum It had put me off nicknames for life

    The tension was different from a thriller or an action packed story It crept on me as I dived deeper and deeper into the family s troubled waters, and the secret had my heart break, shake with fear, the undercurrent of dread coming in waves as every day troubles offered a respite from the darkest times.

    My heart ached for that family, for the lost ones, for the found ones I loved every minute, every page, every word of this heart wrenching book

    The author s fantastic and emotional writing turns a seemingly normal family story into a gripping roller coaster journey about how a secret can shake the foundation of a perfect picture, revealing just how bonds can be strong, cut, tested, created and renewed, for the sake of happiness

    I would like to thank Kerry Fisher and Bookouture s team for allowing me to take part in this blog tour This unbiased review is my thanks to them

    flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 14, 2017 Payton Paytons Book Thoughts rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc approval, read 3 stars For the full review, please visit paytonsbookthoughts.wordpressAs 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 Lara Both of who are second marriages for the two F For the full review, please visit paytonsbookthoughts.wordpressAs 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 Lara Both of who are second marriages for the two Farinelli brothers I want to note here that if domestic violence is a trigger for you, you probably want to steer clear of this book Domestic violence in the form of physical, mental, and emotional manipulation and control play a MAJOR role in the story being told Especially since control comes in many different forms.It was extremely frustrating to read about Lara and Massimo s marriage because it was the most unhealthy relationship I found myself constantly aggravated with Lara because her submission towards Massimo She was so terrified of her husband that she wouldn t even stick up for her son It was seriously sickening to me because it escalated so far as to put lives in danger I could find reason behind dealing with her husband making her life miserable and controlling every aspect of her life But when it comes to your children, that where she should have drew the line And Lara never did that.What makes it worse is how judgmental the Farinelli family is The people that married into the family are constantly walking on eggshells So it was a relief when Beryl Maggie s mom would tag along and challenge everything Anna Mom Farinelli would say I got most of my entertainment out of those situations.Maggie and Nico seem to have the most genuine relationship out of all the marriages mentioned in the book But she was constantly wishing that Nico would be like Massimo That was frustrating to read because she had no idea what Massimo was like behind close doors and he was a nightmare That s not the only thing trying to tear their marriage apart either Nico s daughter, Francesca, made their marriage a living hell and Nico never once tried to put his foot down.I constantly felt bad for Sandro, Lara and Massimo s son Poor Sandro He was just a 7 year old boy having to suffer the pressures of a violent father He was terrified of his dad and even worried about his mother who tried to take the brunt of Massimo s wrath.But if you think that the domestic violence is the big time secret in the novel, boy are you wrong The secret is a big time betrayal in the Farinelli family One that no one will be able to recover from Unfortunately I guessed it in the very beginning and it just took forever to prove it correct Which I think is why I didn t enjoy the book so much.As the cover suggests it to be a emotionally gripping page turner, I feel obligated to weigh in on that label Emotional, maybe Gripping, eh not so much Page turner, definitely not Honestly the book was just good enough to make me want to finish the book, but gives me no motivation to lose myself in the book flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 15, 2017 Nikki Navareus rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommends it for Everybody Shelves favorites, angst angst and angst, dead wife, evil manipulative mother in law, hea, reviewed 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 force of nature Maggie put up with so much shit from 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 force of nature Maggie put up with so much shit from her asshole mother in law and her asshole step daughter I m pretty sure I d have never lasted in that family the way Maggie did I didn t think I d enjoy Lara at all She seemed like she had such a stick up her ass through the better half of the story, but once her secrets started to surface, my heart broke for her and her son This is an awesome story about sisters in law, who slowly forge a strong friendship bond of trust and love between each other, all the while endlessly enduring shittiness from other family members throughout this story I loved how everything came together and got better by the ending as well I cannot recommend this story enough flag 7 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 15, 2016 Sarah MacIntyre rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 from this Italian family with the matriarch at the he 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 from this Italian family with the matriarch at the helm and the second wives and their extended families Unputdownable and highly recommended flag 6 likesLike see review Oct 12, 2017 Heidi rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves audio version, read in 2017 I accidentally stumbled across The Silent Wife when browsing s 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 mother died and my father married again, I could draw I accidentally stumbled across The Silent Wife when browsing s 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 mother died and my father married again, I could draw quite a few parallels between our lives, and it was interesting to get a different perspective Fisher s writing is lively and evocative, capturing my attention from the very first page I especially liked Maggie s tongue in cheek voice, which provided a few laugh out loud moments, but also some reflection points Some of her observations about her step family were hilarious as she doesn t hold back Lara, the other narrator, provided a good contrast and it was refreshing to see this character change as the story went along There are many different themes being explored through the eyes of these two very different women death, remarriage, domestic violence, and cultural differences are just a few issues that drove the storyline The Farinelli family truly were a force to be reckoned with, and I found myself gnashing my teeth in frustration a few times The story did flag a little bit for me in the later half and perhaps needed a bit action or a twist to move it along Luckily I was listening to that part of the book on a train and found it entertaining enough to provide a narrative to the landscape flashing by Had I read it in print it may not have been enough to keep me interested right until the end as the resolution was fairly predictable for me I m not sure what happened to the promised twist that will take your breath away because I thought it all worked out a bit too neatly something unexpected would have made it memorable All in all, The Silent Wife was a light, enjoyable book for me whilst providing some food for thought with the themes it explored a perfect holiday read blog facebook instagram flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2018 Kathryn rated it really liked it 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 from being exposed.For the most part, her character 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 from being exposed.For the most part, her characters are well drawn The reader connects with some immediately while others not until further in the story this was intentionally done and makes the story realistic , kudos to the author It was also well plotted I was very intrigued with the direction the story would go, unfortunately, I had an expectation that Maggie s discovery of a secret would be different, thus I was slightly disappointed again, that is probably abut me and not the storyline I think many will find this book illuminating while others may find it very validating There truly is something for nearly anyone reading it More than likely, this will be seen as a timeless story My key quibble is that everyone rallies around Lara when the truth is discovered Her mother in law did a 180 and that is very unrealistic view spoiler Does it happen, once in a while but as we read, I don t think she was true to her life history of habits and her best son could never do wrong Then suddenly the reality isn t consistent and she realizes what a horrible man he is I don t think so I happened to be the second wife and left for the same reason that the first wife did and my mother in law blamed me that her 40 yr son was an alcoholic 2 weeks after we married, she told me to do something Yeah, not going to happen Especially, when he was modeling his stepdad hide spoiler flag 5 likesLike see review Feb 24, 2017 Chandra Claypool wherethereadergrows rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, netgalley 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 prisoner in her own marriage However, on the surface, 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 prisoner in her own marriage However, on the surface, everything looks perfect Who would believe the things that happen behind closed doors Maggie, in clearing out some of Nico s ex wife s things, comes across something that sheds new lights on the family She has to decide if it s worth the truth coming out or if it s better to protect the new family she is now a part of Overall, I thought the author did a fantastic job putting you in the head of Maggie and Lara The first part of the book where Maggie was continually self depreciating and insecure was a tad bit grating but watching her grow as a character was a highlight As revelations became apparent, you felt for both women and I found humor and support in non nuclear families throughout Seeing past the outside layer of marriage, parent kid relationships of all generations is sometimes hard to do It certainly easy to take things strictly at face value and only see what you want to sometimes Maggie s mother was probably my favorite character with all her gumption and wonderful one liners Would I recommend Absolutely flag 5 likesLike see review Feb 24, 2017 Ana rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017 releases, blog tours 2017, bookouture, chick lit womens fiction, netgalley, read in 2017 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 disappointed As I m already mentioning Kerry s bo 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 disappointed As I m already mentioning Kerry s books, unlike her previous ones this one has a serious tone It s like Kerry wanted to go even deeper, exploring family and it s dynamics and all the complex relationships as well as their secrets.The beautiful thing about this book is that while it s mostly focused on two characters, the sisters in law Lara and Maggie, we learn so much about both their families The book opens with Maggie marrying Nico and entering this new Italian family where she feels all but wanted Nico s first wife died young due to cancer, so their daughter, Francesca is really not too crazy on the idea of her father marrying again Especially not so shortly after her mother s death As so isn t Nico s Mother, the cruel matriarch, Anna But despite all her fears, Maggie is so happy to finally have a real man by her side, a true gentleman who respects her and who is willing to take care of her 10 year old son, Sam It was so heartbreaking to read these pages Maggie comes from a broken home and is the only one in her family which comes even close to marrying Three generations of single women without anyone to care for them made Maggie a strong women yet thirsty for love But real problems start when she moves in with Nico and watches her stepdaughter and mother in law trying to sabotage her marriage on every step No matter how hard she tries, she s not appreciated Out of this hard situation comes an unusual friendship though, the one with her sister in law, Lara Lara is Massimo s wife, also a second wife just like Maggie Massimo s first wife didn t want any kids so she left him Lara gives him the child he s always wanted and yet Massimo seems never pleased Their son isn t anything like the sporty, masculine Massimo so naturally, Lara feels disappointed and unhappy However different Lara and Maggie seem at first sight, they will become allies and discover some secrets carefully hidden from the family In the attic, Maggie finds a a box which belonged to Nico s first wife, a box full of secrets ready to shatter everyone s lives.Wow, good e When I started reading, I have to say it took me a while to get into the story It seemed there were loads of characters, stories intertwining and I admit I found it a bit too much But once I got into it, I couldn t put it down I already knew Kerry will create a wonderful and layered story, with characters so vividly portrayed, however I was totally surprised by the mystery element I can t say I really connected to or particularly liked any of the women, however their unusual friendship was what really kept me reading They appear so different at the beginning so it was really intriguing to see their bond growing While I liked Nico being the sensitive one, Massimo was such a nasty guy I didn t like him at all, but his character definitely added to the story.While some books are all about the pace and action, this book is all about the characters and their relationship It s clever, emotional and layered and I really enjoyed it If you re a fan of women s fiction or family drama, this is definitely a book you mustn t miss out It s also Kerry Fisher s best yet and I m already looking forward to her next one flag 5 likesLike see review Feb 27, 2017 Abbie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves february 2017 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 person narrative by the two main characters Maggi 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 person narrative by the two main characters Maggie and Lara, The Silent Wife tells the story of Maggie who has joined the Farinelli family as Nico s second wife following the death of his first wife and Lara who is the second wife of Massimo, Nico s brother While Lara struggles to maintain the public fa ade of her marriage and that of Massimo as doting husband and father, Maggie makes a discovery about Caitlin, Nico s first wife, that could potentially devastate her husband and stepdaughter The story lines make for compulsive reading as you eagerly anticipate what the outcome will be for the two women and the family as a whole.Covering emotive subjects such as the difficulties that come with blending two families together, domestic abuse, and the dynamics of families Fisher writes with empathy and yet also a wicked sense of humour which serves to draw you into the characters making The Silent Wife an emotional yet never maudlin read Fisher writes with honesty about the subject of the emotions a second wife goes through in relation to her feelings about her predecessor that few would admit to out loud Her depiction of domestic abuse within a relationship is also realistic and Fisher has clearly researched this subject carefully.You cannot help but care about the main characters and Fisher has done a great job of giving both Maggie and Lara their own unique voice That sense of the way we view other people compared to the reality and how they actually feel about themselves really comes through and is portrayed brilliantly.I raced through The Silent Wife, finding it compelling and interesting There were sentiments and responses I could really identify with and Fisher writes with an emotional intelligence There is so much to think about and discuss it would make a great read for a reading group All absorbing, emotionally acute and yet funny The Silent Wife is a compulsive read about secrets, lies, the complexities of families and keeping up appearances A highly recommended read that will have you both laughing and crying and desperate to know the final outcome.A huge thank you to Kerry Fisher and Kim Nash at Bookouture for the advance copy and the invite to take part in the blog tour This is my honest and unbiased review flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 29, 2017 Christine rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommended to Christine by Renita 5, Twitter Shelves contemporary fiction, bookouture, british, net galley, ebooks I read mainly thrillers, but I do like my change of pace contemporary fiction novels I read Kerry Fisher s After the Lie about a year ago and enjoyed it very much Therefore, when The Silent Wife became available, it was a no brainer for me to grab it The Silent Wife is a wonderful read It is a terrific mix of emotion laced with humor The main thrust of the story is the rocky road traveled by those thrust into a blended family situation The field turns out to be even treacherous when t I read mainly thrillers, but I do like my change of pace contemporary fiction novels I read Kerry Fisher s After the Lie about a year ago and enjoyed it very much Therefore, when The Silent Wife became available, it was a no brainer for me to grab it The Silent Wife is a wonderful read It is a terrific mix of emotion laced with humor The main thrust of the story is the rocky road traveled by those thrust into a blended family situation The field turns out to be even treacherous when the main family has its own serious issues The story is narrated by the second wives Maggie and Lara of the Farinelli brothers Nico and Massimo Secrets, insecurities, resentments, bullying, and unreasonable expectations all play roles in the lives of the characters The differences in the values and the personalities of the major players propel the tale along and eventually lead to bonding in some cases and irrevocable differences in others I particularly loved Maggie and Beryl and also the growth achieved by Lara This was a fast and very satisfying read I thought the epilogue, which I always consider a bonus in all the books I read, was particularly strong Kerry Fisher is a relatively new member of the Bookouture community and I see why she was picked to join this up and coming publishing house Her books carry a punch, making them contemporary fiction rather than chick lit It is also worth repeating that her undercurrent of humor beautifully complements the seriousness of her stories As an added bonus, I learned a whole truckload of new British words something I find fascinating These words can always be figured out by the context, so don t let this scare off anyone this side of the pond from reading the book I recommend The Silent wife to all readers of contemporary fiction and others who are looking for a break from their favorite genre I look forward to picking up Ms Fisher s earlier works and can t wait to see what she does next.Thank you to Net Galley, Bookouture, and Ms Kerry Fisher for the privilege of reading a digital copy of this novel The opinions stated are mine alone and are not biased in any way flag 55 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Jan 28, 2017 Betty rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017 arcs I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley and Bookouture.Shortly before publication day rolled around, this book previously titled The Secrets of Second Wives was given a makeover While I didn t dislike the original title and cover image, I have to agree that the changes were for the best The new cover image is captivating the new title succinct and just a bit mysterious.I ve come to expect characters who feel authentic and stay true to their roles in Fisher s book I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley and Bookouture.Shortly before publication day rolled around, this book previously titled The Secrets of Second Wives was given a makeover While I didn t dislike the original title and cover image, I have to agree that the changes were for the best The new cover image is captivating the new title succinct and just a bit mysterious.I ve come to expect characters who feel authentic and stay true to their roles in Fisher s books, and she definitely delivered on that score Whether it was the image they presented in front of others, or the true selves revealed only in their thoughts and or private moments, there was never a moment of atypical behavior I ve read many books where that was not the case, so it s worth mentioning While Maggie s story is interesting, I have to admit Lara s story was far fascinating to me The things Lara kept silent about as well as the why and how behind her silence were far serious and worrisome than the things Maggie kept hidden, in my opinion I felt far concerned about her than I ever did about Maggie, even though I cared about her story, as well The silence is shattered for both women in an explosive scene that shines the unflattering light of truth on those closest to them, shaking the entire family to the core and changing all their lives forever One character in particular gets some much needed comeuppance and I loved every moment of it This is a great read by a great author, and I definitely recommend it flag 5 likesLike see review Jun 28, 2017 Christine KizzieReads rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2017 reads, onthebooktubeshelf books, 2017 rrrc challenge, fiction Wow What a powerful, poignant read So many secrets, so many lies and twists It is also giving a voice to many women who don t know how harmful some relationships can be, or are too scared to say something The ending of this book is truly a step in the right direction for anyone facing these types of relationships and challenges flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 29, 2018 Knewmyer rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves 2018, kindle, bookclub 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 flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 26, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing review of another edition I ve written this review for Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at Reading, friends I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book in a Facebook giveaway I Really loved it Sometimes Fiction is difficult for me to listen to I do most of my Audiobooks while I m driving around, so my mind can wander in and out with nonfiction a bit easier Let me just say, there was no wandering with this book I was hooked, thrilled I found myself listening to I ve written this review for Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at Reading, friends I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book in a Facebook giveaway I Really loved it Sometimes Fiction is difficult for me to listen to I do most of my Audiobooks while I m driving around, so my mind can wander in and out with nonfiction a bit easier Let me just say, there was no wandering with this book I was hooked, thrilled I found myself listening to it every chance I could.First off, the narration is amazing I could listen to Emma Spurgin Hussey read anything The thing I loved the most about this thriller is that it is so incredibly believable As Maggie enters the family, she starts piecing together information, uncovering secrets, handling her passive aggressive mother in law all while trying to start a relationship with her new stepdaughter She handled all of this like a champ.Kerry slowly expertly layers this story with such ease that all of a sudden the reader is at the climax the tension is palpable I loved Kerry s writing style She gives us all these wonderful details about the characters that make them so relatable I actually miss the family I LOVED Maggie so much I was Really into this suspenseful thrilling novel I bet you will like it too.Special thanks to Kerry Fisher for our copy of The Silent Wife flag 4 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Discussion Questions Help Pleeeeeese 1 22 Nov 12, 2017 12 11AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. 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 Lara s life looks perfect on the surface Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home Lara knows some THE SI [...]


    2. 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 Nico asks her to marry him, she believes that this The Sil [...]


    3. 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 sarcastically outspoken but not in brutal way very Oh my, where do [...]


    4. 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 you ll love but others you ll definitely not There s 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 views of their second wives, Lara and Maggie L What [...]


    5. 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 someone else s relationship, just because your own Bea [...]


    6. 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 married Nico after his wife Caitlin died Nico has a tee In The [...]


    7. 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 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 with a dominating, cold dominating elderly Mother a The Silent Wife [...]


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