Title: The Widow
Author: Fiona Barton
Published: January 14th, 2016
Fiona Barton started her career as a journalist reporting on the latest criminal events around the world. She later quit her job and decided to volunteer in Sri Lanka for an organization called Volunteer Over Seas which helps fight poverty in developing countries. During her travels, she had the beginnings of a story brewing in her mind about how the wives of criminals generally know more about their husband’s criminal activities than they tend to share. Barton is currently living in France and is working on a second novel to accompany her debut novel The Widow.
“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…” -Goodreads Synopsis
Who was my favourite character and why?
I didn’t have a favourite character per se, but I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship that ensued between the detectives, the journalists, and the press. Since Fiona Barton was a journalist for a number of years throughout her career, she knows the ins and outs of the job well. It was interesting to see how the media and detectives had this strange bond between each other. If the detectives didn’t want a certain piece of information released in the media, the journalist would sometimes respect their wishes. It was a great look at the behind the scenes of a criminal journalists world.
Did the story keep you on the edge of your seat?
This wasn’t as suspenseful as your average thriller novel, but it was a page turner that kept me wanting to know what would happen next. After Jean’s husband passes away, the media assumes that she will spill all of the details she was hiding from the world regarding the kidnapping of the little girl Bella, and that was one of the most suspenseful parts of the novel in my opinion.
Something I would change about the novel?
I would have enjoyed knowing what happened in the aftermath of this novel. I don’t want to spoil too much, but the ending left me wanting to know more. There have been rumors, however, that Fiona Barton is in the process of writing another novel (potentially a duology) to accompany The Widow which might tie up any loose ends.
Overall, I would give this novel 3 out of 5 tea mugs; an interesting plot line!
And that is it for this review. Let me know what you plan on reading this month, I would love to know!
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