Book #2 of 2016: The Widow by Fiona Barton


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…

I received this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

I wanted to like this book. I really did. I love mysteries and thrillers because they make you think. Some can be fast paced whereas others are slow. The Widow was not only slow for me, but also a bit boring.

It is divided into different point of views with the one you really want to know more about being the widow, Jean. Her narration chapters are all in first person while everyone else gets a third person. I would have liked it if her narration was also in third person. She seemed distant, not all together, and tried not to think about the mystery at hand. Which does make sense given the premise.

Her husband is dead. It is the mystery of what led up to his death that is the bulk of the book with his death being an inconsequential thing. The thing is, it was easy to figure out how he died. What I really wanted to know, was the crime he was a suspect in. I wanted more of that. Those chapters were good. Still slow, but they had something aside from a woman grieving about her innocence.

That said, I didn’t care for this book. It was too slow for me and I really didn’t feel a connection to any of the characters. I’m just not a part of the target audience. I tried though.

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