The Widow

The Widow

By Fiona Barton

  • Release Date: 2016-02-16
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“A twisted psychological thriller you’ll have trouble putting down.”—People

“If you liked Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, you might want to pick up The Widow by Fiona Barton. Engrossing. Suspenseful.”—Stephen King

Following the twists and turns of an unimaginable crime, The Widow is an electrifying debut thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife.

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 her husband is dead, and 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...

An NPR Best Book of the Year
One of The Wall Street Journal’s 5 “Killer Books” of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Includes a Readers Guide and an excerpt of Fiona Barton's new hardcover, The Child

Reviews

  • Pretty good

    4
    By Sgonzales7686
    It was slow and a bit different but still really good.
  • A creepy contemporary thriller

    4
    By rokinrev
    [I Won this book from the publisher via GoodReads. In no way did it affect my review, which is voluntary] "I think that the trouble is that she's been stuck between what she knows and what she wants to believe" This is a contemporary thriller told through the perspectives of the four main players in the story: Jean the Widow, Kate the reporter, Sparks the detective and Dawn, the mother. When the story opens, Jean has just become a widow with a quirky view of life. Her husband is involved in a contemporary issue that haunted him beyond the grave and the question becomes can anyone actually prove it? The psychology around his controlling the situation causes Jean a bit of a brake with reality, and effects everyone differently, which is why this is so fascinating. I was both compelled and horrified with this story, like an auto accident you gawk at across the interstate. You want to look away, but our nature makes it virtually impossible. And with the four separate voices, you get a bit of an overload of information that,when the conclusion appears, you have a serious book hangover.
  • Couldn't put it down

    4
    By BPF72
    Although the book had it's slow moments it definitely kept me guessing throughout. I thought the author did a good job taking a touchy subject and telling a story about it in a way that was not at all graphic or hard to read. Wish some of the middle had been exchanged for a more detailed ending, but overall I would recommend.
  • Did not want to put down!

    5
    By CBreezy717
    This book kept me reading - I thought I may have a hard time following but the suspense was amazing. It felt very real. Wish there was more to read!
  • That's the end of this nonsense

    2
    By Annmric8
    The Widow was about Jean Taylor who recounted the day her husband was accused of taking Bella. Kate, a reporter showed up to interview Jean after her husband died hoping to get the exclusive story. The Widow was told in alternating POV's between The detective, the reporter, the widow, and the mother. The timeline jumped from 2010 back to 2006. Many characters were introduced since this was a detective story. Jean's husband had been suspected of a crime years before he died. Jean stood by her husband supporting him every step of the way even when the detective showed her his extra curricular activities. After Glen was gone the detective and the reporter hoped to get the true story about Bella. While this story built up this plot line I was disappointed at how slow the story progressed. Each chapter focused on developing the widow, the reporter, and the detective. The widow was played by Jean. Jean was the perfect wife to Glen who supported him when he was suspected of a crime years ago. The reporter was played by Kate. Kate was a mother and wife who found commonality with her interviewees. The detective was played by Bob. Bob took statements from witnesses trying to build a case with facts. Glen and Jean were peculiar characters. Jean was a door mat of a wife letting her husbands OCD tendencies rule her and the house. Glen was a closed off character conducting strange shenanigans behind closed doors. I liked the story but it began to drone on at times. Between the detective and the widow chapters and the timeline the story seemed to move at a snails pace. I found myself losing interest and patience. I began to dislike both main characters. Having their lives under the microscope did not help me formulate any better opinion of them. Nor did it aid in determining if they were lying. I did not find this detective story thrilling or suspenseful. I found it played like a memoir. I kept waiting for the interview by Kate the reporter, but instead I got a recount of events by Bob the detective. Piece by piece Fiona delivered the information, yet my only concern was the interview. In my mind I thought I was going to read the widow confess who took Bella in an exclusive interview conducted by Kate. Instead, the story went into extreme details about the detective work on building a case against Glen. Glen was an interesting character with a salacious lifestyle but it did not ease the pain I had for the long torrid details of his life.
  • The Widow

    5
    By Bamma342
    Totally excellent book!
  • Uninteresting

    2
    By Terikosan
    This story lacks a lot. No suspense or even any very interesting characters. Predictable and non eventful!
  • I was disappointed

    2
    By Nor779
    This book was described to be on par with "The Girl On The Train" and "Gone Girl". It was supposed to be suspenseful and riveting but yet I found myself bored and only reading further to see if the end was any better. To me the end fell flat. I think of suspense as hanging off the edge of my seat wanting to know what's next but halfway through the book you already could tell who did it and your prediction was correct. I also thought there were way too many characters at play here. We have the widow. We have the detective. We have Glen. We have the reporter. We have the mother. Part of a good suspense novel is not knowing what is happening next or what someone is thinking and in this book you know everything. How does that make it a suspense? I did like how the timeline started from the end then skipped back to the beginning and kind of converged into the present. I thought that was really thought out and made a lot of sense. I did also think the author did a great job portraying what people go through when on trial. Reporters, police, friends. It was very accurate. But overall, this was not the book for me and I haven't been this disappointed by a book which such high praise in a while.
  • Boring and slow

    2
    By Holli1215
    Not sure how this book got such great reviews. I was drawn into the story but found it slow, boring and only finished it because I wanted to know the end. Let down
  • Thriller

    5
    By K. Hutton
    Great book! Loved it ❤

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