A 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.
Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor Celia is brutally murdered. To Dana’s horror, she was the last person to see Celia alive. Suffering from mania, the result of her bipolar disorder, she has troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia’s death.
Her husband’s odd behavior and the probing of Detective Jack Moss create further complications as she searches for answers. The closer she comes to piecing together the shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking 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 lens of a woman on the edge.
The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford, a psychological thriller and easily compare it to Before I Go To Sleep. From the beginning, I could sense that the book had a narrative read. Starting with Dana Catrell's story, I felt that it was told through her eyes but had dark undertones which made understanding her bipolar disorder easy to understand and feel. Dana's depression and manic episodes are spiraling out of control and feels as if she is losing time to figure out if she murdered her neighbor Celia. With her husband Peter, being a philanderer and her neighbor's proof of his wandering ways it pushes Dana to the edge of insanity. How can she prove her innocence ? Is everything around her a figment of her imagination?
The Pocket Wife also told the story of Jack Moss, the detective assigned to Dana's case. Jack's life also seems to be falling apart, which made him a likeable character and practically the only one Dana could trust.
Crawford has a way of making the characters feel like they are deceptive, I myself was taking a mind trip and confused on who to trust. At times, I felt like it could have been a couple of the characters purposely trying to push Dana over the edge. If your into a psychological "who is the killer" thriller than this book is for you.