Book Review: The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher

Published: February, 2017 by Bookouture

Pages: 345 pagesThe Silent Wife

Genre: Fiction

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Publishers Blurb: 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.

The Author: Kerry Fisher is the bestselling author of five novels, including The Silent Wife and The Secret Child. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent several years living in Spain, Italy and Corsica. She is married with two children and her dog.

My thoughts: I stumbled on this book by accident on amazon. I read the reviews and decided to give it a go as I am still looking for new interesting authors. This is a book that held me spellbound from the first page to the end, surely the type you can not put down when you start reading it. The story of two women, married to two brothers, both as second wives. Massimo, the older brother seemed like the husband of everyone’s dreams, Lara his wife was envied by all for having the most charming, handsome husband ever. But only Lara knows the truth about her marriage and the secrets within it. Maggie on the other hand is married to Nico the younger brother who is a widower with a teenage daughter. She has a hard time trying to measure up with the “image” of the dead wife and trying to justify herself that she did not marry Nico because of he was well-off. AS Nigerians would say, Lara and Massimo’s marriage was a case of ” The more you look, the less you see” and this is a perfect example of never judging anything from the outside. The secrets behind Massimo’s charm and smiles cuts deeper than I could have ever imagined. Maggie who also had a son from a previous relationship and seemed the unsuitable match for Nico (as their mother Anne expressly communicated at every opportunity) turned out to be the focal point in the Farenelli family circle as she helps Lara to stand up for herself and eventually walk away from the lies and abuse she had endured for so long. Written with a lot of heart and wittiness, Kerry Fisher has won my heart with this book. I am purposely not saying too much about this story to avoid any spoiler comments. Just go out there and get this book! It’s delicious and I am looking to buy other books written by this author.


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