But the novel is only partly about the relationship between the wife and husband. It also looks at a teenage daughter, a young son and a community.
The Daylight Marriage is the second book of its type I've picked up recently from the shelf at the Watkins Glen library's browsing section. I'm not sure if there are more of these - or if the writing is so good I can't pass them up.
Pitlor's book uses the familiar technique of chapters bouncing back and forth between the major characters as they go about their way through the novel. It works well and builds the tension quickly.
The novel becomes a page turner when the wife leaves home one morning after going through a bruising psychological battle with her husband the night before.
The missing wife - and she is missing as in call-the-police missing - sets up a family-community drama that is impossible to look away from. Like a car wreck.
The Daylight Marriage has a surprise ending, too. It seems obvious in hindsight, but not so much as the final chapters unfolded.
The novel on the new book shelf at the Watkins Glen library.