The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher

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

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 silent wife, is a book about the complexities of marriage, relationships within a marriage, hierarchy, and second wives and how they fit into a family with predecessors whether it was through death or divorce.

From page one I was hooked, with chapters taken from Lara's POV and Maggie's, the interlopers of the family. With the throw in of Maggie's mum, who was brilliant and really wanted her to give more at times.

The portrayal of loyalties within this group was such a strength and then forecast the decisions that were made.
I was routing for both Maggie and Lara, and it didn't deter whose point of view I was reading from.

I found the story gripping, twisty and thoroughly complex, but easy to follow and found it difficult to put the book down. It worked extremely well with being an Italian family, with the ethos on Family Loyalties being the centre of The Faranelli's core beliefs.
Maggie fitting into a new family, with a sister in law that wasn't overly warm to her either was so well characterised and it was great to see the relationships grow and shift as the story took off.

Highly Recommend, and thoroughly enjoyed this read.