#BookReview: The Widow by Fiona Barton

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

the widowSummary:

For fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, an electrifying thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife.

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…


Oh my. Sometimes I like to get out of my comfort zone with my reading choices. Get out of my box. And that was my thought process with The Widow. And wow, was I not disappointed. Thrilling from the first page, I got lost in the world of a missing young girl, sex offenders and chat rooms, and a wife that is holding on to a plethora of secrets.  It was twisted, it was heart-pounding, it was beautifully written and insanely hard to put down. I encourage you that even if you are like me and stick with chick lit and some lighter fiction, step outside of your comfort zone and pick this one up. It will have you thinking, talking, and wondering. A must read.

5 stars

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