The Widow by Fiona Barton

Blurb – 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… 

Publish Date ~ January 14th 2016
Published by ~ Bantam Press
* Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

My thoughts – Another great psychological thriller, The Widow had me gripped from page one and I couldn’t put it down. I have to admit I was a bit reluctant to read this as there are so many books out about child abduction and murder but I’m really pleased I did read this. It’s quite different.

The story centres around Jeanie the widow, her late husband Glen who was accused of abducting a young girl, a reporter and detective determined to find out the truth. Each character is well detailed and it doesn’t take long to get to know them or so you think.

This isn’t a fast paced book but there’s enough there to keep you intrigued. I liked how it was told from different perspectives and also jumped from past to present time which kept me gripped.

I’ve seen so many reviews lately and a lot of them go into great detail about the book and give quite a few spoilers I feel now after reading the book so I’m not going to do that. I’ll just say this is a compelling, unputdownable dark story and a must read if you’re a fan of thrillers.

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