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To the police detective Jack Moss who has a whole gamut of backlogged personal issues He brings a human element to the story as he sifts through the mounting clues This case may touch him personallyBut here s what most of us agree onit s the writingreally good writing I m ooking forward to the next book by Susan H Crawford She can write nursery rhymes and I m in When Dana Catrell s neighbour Celia is found brutally murdered in her own home Dana is horrified as she can not say for certain that she
Was Not Responsible Dana Wasnot responsible Dana was She Weeps Each Time You're Born last person to see her alive heavily intoxicated and having an argument with her Worse still Dana suffers from bipolar disorder and refuses to stay on her meds With her son away studying in Boston things will go from bad to worse when Dana discovers her husbands infidelity as she tries to piece together the blurred memories of what happened that day Much of her thoughts center on a photo apparently shown to Dana by Celia of her husband and another womanIt iseft to detective Jack Moss to try and solve the crime Everyone is a suspect including Dana her husband Celia s husband and much to Jack s terror his only iving son Kyle With his prints found in Celia s car and in her house Jack is desperate for any piece of evidence to exonerate Kyle Jack has had his own rocky ife with two failed marriages one son dead and Kyle who finds himself often on the wrong side of the tracks something that Jack blames himself for To complicate things further the deputy prosecutor is putting pressure on him for a uick arrest Little does Jack know when the evidence he needs arrives it is than he could ever of hoped to prepare forOverall Susan Crawford s debut novel is a compelling page turner that combines a well written "and intriguing story ine with twists and turns a plenty Dana for one is well drawn "intriguing story ine with twists and turns a plenty Dana for one is well drawn someone struggling to keep a grip on her sanity while distinguishing fact from fiction Jack is also great as the Flawed detective who does his best to try and juggle his shambolic personal A Northern Light life and the case that seems to change dimensions constantly While not the most action packed read and it could be argued that there is character study than mystery this does not distract from what is an entertaining psychological thriller Debut novelist Susan Crawford comes from a pedigree of award winning short fiction and poetry THE POCKET WIFE has received comparison to BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP TURN OF THE MIND and THE SILENT WIFETo begin withet me just say that this novel is nowhere near those three I mentioned Especially BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP which is one of the best thrillers of the past ten years THE POCKET WIFE has an interesting but familiar premise A woman who is battling bi polar disorder wakes up to commotion across the street from her homeWhile she was in black out mode the only close friend she has was bludgeoned to death in her If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas living room Theast thing she remembers is arguing with her now deceased friend The woman in uestion is Dana Catrell and her neighbor Celia s death unsettles her in ways than oneThis is not the only problem Dana is dealing with She has an odd relationship with her husband and feels he is having an affair She also has no close relationships with anyone else and Celia s husband Ronald acts unusually strange around her even than a man who just ost his wife would behaveThe problem I had with THE POCKET WIFE is that none of the characters were well drawn out and the writingdetails were uite stilted Yes I get that Crawford was attempting to put us in the mind of a woman with bi polar disorder but I still could not connect The fact that much of what you were reading may or may not have even happened was that much frustrating for meIt is a big eap to move from short stories and poetry to full ength thrillers and I applaud Susan Crawford for
Trying Hopefully Her NextHopefully her next can cut through the malaise and just concentrate on the suspense and thrills that make this genre readable and memorableReviewed by Ray Palen for New Mystery Reader. Nd or is it all in her head The closer she comes to piecing together shards of her broken memory the Dana falls apart Is there a murderer urking inside her or is there one out there in the shadows of reality waiting to strike again A story of marriage murder and madness The Pocket Wife explores the world through the foggy ens of a woman on the edg. .
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Most of the time she is not on her meds instead in a fog of Xanax and alcohol However she is better now right Her marriage is not what it was in the early stages but she feels she is stable and sees a psychologist always reassuring As the novel opens her neighbor Celia also her garage sale buddy has invited her over with some exciting news Over ots of wine and talking Dana is garage sale buddy has invited her over with some exciting news Over ots of wine and talking Dana is the events of the afternoon All seems to be a blur the drunker they become The only thing she recalls is Celia s interest in showing her a blurry cell phone picture Was it her husband or possibly Celia
S HusbandNow She Finds OuthusbandNow she finds out neighbor Celia has been murdered Dana is so upset not being able to recall the events of the day Could she have killed her After all she has a key to her house Could she have gone back ater Something having to do with the cell phone picture must have The Slave Dancer led to tragic events or possibly she had nothing to do with the murder However she was mostikely the Special Agent last one to see her aliveAn investigation soon begins She has to put her detective hat on and even hosts a brunch in order to dig into clues in order to put the pieces of the day together She begins to suspect everyone around hereading to an intense mystery She is obsessed to solve the mystery Her husband Celia s husband a Sleep with the Fishes lover perhaps If she could only recall the events through her haze o I haven t really been that hooked on any psychological thrillers since Gone Girl and the Silent Wife So I really wanted toike this But I found the writing went into too much detail about the physical surroundings and not enough on character development At one point it was raining every day in the protagonist s hometown as if the reader didn t get the message that the weather represented the woman s mental state of mind I also didn t really connect with any of the characters not even the detective who was written to be ikeable There was no empathy built for the victim as she remained a two dimensional character throughout the book Right before the climax I already knew who the killer was and I scanned the rest of the book after that point Overall I think I "m done with this emerging genre of psychological thrillers as they all seem to be following the same cliches Unstable "done with this emerging genre of psychological thrillers as they all seem to be following the same cliches Unstable Cheating jerk of a husband Veteran detective May be time to broaden my horizon when it comes to books There are a ot of four and five star reviews for this onenot from me though I wish I iked this than I did Perhaps I read this too soon after The Girl On The Train Here is another collection of unlikeable characters depressing relationships a narrator that isn t sure of her involvement in the crime and a pretty unrealistic ending We know from the summary that the narrator has struggled with mental illness yet the tone of the story felt as if something was missing The story feels confusing and frenetic but for me it was not compelling and some of the things that occurred seemed random I also wanted to know about the person complicit in all of this who seemed to just fade out of the story as well as a few other major players I wanted character development Sadly this one just didn t work for me 25 stars This was a surprisingly good read I know some have compared it to Girl on the Train Although there are some comparatives here I don t think I can relate it to that book This was far than man vs woman and everything in betweenSusan H Crawford does a fine job with getting into the head of the main character Dana I felt ike the marbles were rolling around inside my own head as well as I read about the actions and reactions of Dana Dana suspects her husband Peter of machine gun style cheating but she has a difficult time sorting through what is real and what is not Our girl Dana has had a previous breakdown and well you know that kinda puts a damper on whether her memories and recall are factualWhen Dana s neighbor is murdered Dana even suspects herself and the possibility that it may have been her who did the evil deed Then we re introduced. Ast person to see her neighbor Celia alive Suffering from a devastating mania a result of her bipolar disorder Dana finds that there are troubling holes in her memory including what happened on the afternoon of Celia's death As evidence starts to point in her direction Dana struggles to clear her name before her own demons win outIs murder on her mi. Dana can t remember much of the ast afternoon she spent with
her friend Much can be blamed on the drinking they both didfriend Much can be blamed on the drinking they both did to make it even difficult Dana is bi polar off her meds and slightly manic Yet her friend is dead and she remembers only bits and pieces Could she possibly have killed herCan t say this was the most suspenseful read but it was different and I sympathized with Dana s struggles Not only is her husband cheating on her but as she tries to stay ahead of her mania to find out what actually happened to her friend she finds herself in a defensive position with the police Now that was my favorite character Jack the detective assigned to this case He has personal problems of his own but he is dogged and sympathetic regretting past mistakes and trying to do the right thingThe ending not too sure of don t think it could have played that way someone in that particular Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life line of work wouldn t be that na ve Can t say because I don t want to spoil it for future readers A good readess mystery than character study but an interesting oneARC from publisher Cannot finish this unfortunately I am so uninvolved it s just a waste for me Find reviews and bookish fun at The Pocket Wife is a standalone psychological thrillermystery novel written by Susan H Crawford This is her debut noveland what a debut Throughout my reading experience I remained invested in this story and its characters My favorite elements of this book were the complexity of the characters s ives and the various relationship dynamics going on It was sad but also immensely engagingThe main character Dana suffers from mental illness and the parts of this story that were shared through her perspective were frighteningly fascinating Her manic episodes result in memory problems reality distortion and paranoia for poor Dana It doesn t take much to get her to a breaking point when she just doesn t know what s real and what s not But she knows she was very ikely the 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate last one to see her friend alive and now she just has to explore the potholes of her memory for a clue as to what really happened While she struggles through This was a bit of a funny one for me I went into it knowing most of my trusted friends rated this very much in the middle of the road Iiked the characters disliked some and was happy with the story The Oxford New Greek Dictionary line Which of course is normal and goodThe story just did not grab me enough at every step of the way I enjoyed the writing style the themes we saw here mental illness fractured families and theike I just was not drawn in enough by the pacing It wasn t exciting enough and I guess the best way to describe my feelings about this is it The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece left me feelingacking I could see the mystery being solved but it was screaming out for excitement but none came Much the same as my experience I wanted it to happen but it didn t Even as the whodunnit part resolved itself there was no fight put up by the perp this seemed odd to me and I wonder if others read it feel the sameI really enjoyed the storyline between Dana and Moss also his son Kyle and abhorred the nasty man called Peter Again as with some of my prior reads The New Job Security liked notoved this one THE POCKET WIFE by Susan H Crawford an absorbing psychological thriller debut an exploration into the mind of a troubled woman as she uestions her actions of reality versus fiction Top 50 Books of 2015 2015 Best Eye Catching Cover Best psycho contemporary debut BipolarDana Cantrell is a pocket wife meaning her husband Peter is too busy for her On occasion when she calls he has a nasty habit of placing the cell phone in his pocket until he can excuse himself to speak in private She feels he can store her away in his pocket pretending she does not exist at times emotionally absent Everyone and "everything comes first he is also very secretive with his own private "comes first he is also very secretive with his own private phone conversations running to another room Dana suspects he is up to no good and suspects he may be having an affair she does not trust him Dana also has a history of mental illness mania bi polar and. An amazing talent makes her debut with this stylish psychological thriller with the compelling intrigue of The Silent Wife and Turn of Mind and the white knuckle pacing of Before I Go to Sleep in which a woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend during a breakdownDana Catrell is horrified to earn she was the .