The Widow

Book Title: The Widow

Author: Fiona Barton

Publisher: Corgi

Publication Date: September 1st 2016

Genre(s): Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)

Pages: 400

Format Received: Paperback

Goodreads: ‘The ultimate psychological thriller’ Lisa Gardner.

We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.

But what about the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the woman who stands by him?

Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

My Review: I finished The Widow yesterday and when normally I am writing my review straight away, I’ve had to wait a day because I only now feel like I can breathe … phew!

This was a stunning psychological thriller from start to finish, I devoured it in two good sittings. Well done to Fiona Barton for writing a novel so dark, complex and utterly compelling.

The Widow was the ultimate thrill ride for me, devouring the tale of an awful sickening, dark crime (child abduction) as well as a marriage based on so many lies it was hard to determine which was worse; the lies spun to each other or the brainwashed lies they told themselves in order to create a world they so desperately craved.

This was a cleverly written novel so intricately woven with realism the ending was earth shattering.

About the Author: ‘My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist – senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world.

But through it all, a story was cooking in my head.

The worm of this book infected me long ago when, as a national newspaper journalist covering notorious crimes and trials, I found myself wondering what the wives of those accused really knew – or allowed themselves to know.

It took the liberation of my career change to turn that fascination into a tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the man suspected of the crime, the detective leading the hunt, the journalist covering the case and the mother of the victim.

Much to my astonishment and delight, The Widow is available now in the UK, and around the world in the coming months.

However, the sudden silence of my characters feels like a reproach and I am currently working on a second book.

My husband and I are living the good life in south-west France, where I am writing in bed, early in the morning when the only distraction is our cockerel, Sparky, crowing.

For more information on Fiona Barton, visit her website.


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