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Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Widow by Fiona Barton


Summary on Goodreads.

Available on February 16, 2016.

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"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..." [+ More]

I was obsessed reading this book and couldn't put it down. I love reading how the police put the pieces of a crime together.

The story has different POVs and goes back and forth in time. I think it is tricky writing this way because you could lose (or win) the reader. Sometimes this technique works for me and sometimes it doesn't. Obviously, this time it did.

I was furious with Jean sometimes. How could she be so stupid and simple? I really can't understand women who build their lives around a man and do everything they say. Jean was a weak woman this way. But then again, maybe it was just more convenient for her to be so?

The story doesn't really have a twist, per se... and if you read that blurb comparing it to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train just forget about it. Now any story with unreliable characters seems to be compared to those two books.

I really liked this one and was totally hooked.

Thank you Netgalley for providing with a copy of this title.