Friday, February 12, 2016

The Widow by Fiona Barton

5 Star

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen...

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. 

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. 

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything… 

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

When I think of this book, I automatically think of how utterly creepy but absorbing it was. I truly love a story like that that makes me squirm yet thrills me at the same time. The story seemed to be utterly straightforward but I suspected, and correctly so, that there was more behind it in the end. 

The cover was an appropriate tribute to the overall feeling of the book which was definitely mysterious and the fact that the story went back and forth between past and present until the final denouement really helped for the mystery to remain until the very final moments. I was quite pleased that I did not figure out what really happened even though I desperately tried to.

I found myself quite intrigued by Jean Taylor and her husband Glen and the very foundations of their relationship. It seemed quite interesting to me to note that they were both interesting characters with their fair share of secrets. In the end, I was quite surprised as to what really happened as it was not at all possible to get a good read on either of them. They definitely piqued my interest and kept it there.

A great read for any fans of suspense, I suspect that this will be one of the standout books in this genre for 2016.

Thank you to Penguin Random House for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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