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Book Review: The Widow by Fiona Barton-4.5 Stars

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What would you do if your husband was accused of committing a heinous crime? Would you stand by him, proclaiming his innocence, even though at times there was a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that he might have done it? What about if both people in the relationship are psychologically disturbed? This was one of those books that keeps you guessing as to who the guilty party is. Is it the husband? The wife? Both? Who was the victim? The little girl who has gone missing? The spineless, timid, wife? All of the characters were very well thought out and developed.

Dawn, a young single mom, leaves her small child outside alone for just a few brief minutes, and she’s taken.  What follows is a whirlwind of accusations and revelations. Did Dawn deserve to lose Bella, for leaving her by herself? Who took her? Where is she? All of these questions continuously play out through the novel over four years.

The reason for marking this 4.5 stars as opposed to 5 when I really loved it is due to the chapters. They start with Glen getting hit by a bus, and traverse through four years, alternating between The Widow, The Detective, The Reporter, The Mother, and so on, but they were written in third person when it seemed like it should be first person. Not a big deal really, but sometimes easy to forget whose chapter I was reading.

Jeanie would love to have a baby of her own. Problem is, Glen. Jean has scrapbooks of babies from magazines, wishing they were hers. She loves children. So does Glen, but in a different way. These two characters are both deranged. Jeanie is a liar, as is Glen, but when you want something so bad, you have to keep the truth in so no one can take it from you.

I HIGHLY recommend this psychological thriller. It deals with disturbing issues, but I praise the author for writing it in a tasteful way. Nothing was ever explicit to the point I would have to stop reading.

Glen is a porn addict. He can’t “help it.” Jean turns a blind eye to her husband most of the time. Why? He is a pervert. He’s manipulative. But, is it possible, she’s also manipulative? Now, he’s dead, and there will be “no more of his nonsense.” But everyone wants The Widow’s story. What can she tell? What does she know?

She was the perfect wife. But now, her story has to come out. A twisted thriller that you won’t be able to put down until the last page!

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