Review: The Widow by Fiona Barton

The Widow - cover

Category: Adult Fiction

Published: February 2016

Read: 2016

Score: 2/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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…

Review: This is a book that I like and don’t like all at the same time. It’s such a promising story but I found it really dragged on and I had a hard time trying to finish it. I am starting to get wary of any book that has “The Next Girl On The Train” as the selling point.

It’s about Jean and what happens to her when he husband is accused of kidnapping and murdering a little girl named Bella. You also get the point of view of the lead detective and what happens to him from beginning to end as well as a hardcore reporter who is there from the start covering this story. It jumps from the day of the kidnapping till the present and one good thing is you are never confused as to what time frame you are in it is clear at the beginning of every chapter. So that is a big point in the favour, your never confused who is talking and when this is.

It starts from the day of the kidnapping to the present when her husband is now dead and the truth still has yet to come out. You are left throughout most of the book trying to figure out if he did or didn’t. By the end you know and quite honestly you are just trying to get through it and are thinking “alright already get it over with”. I found the story dragged on and if a lot of it was left out it would have been a better read and a more thrilling read. There was a lot of unnecessary filler and it got boring after a while.

Jean was a tough character to like as she clearly knew what was going on. It was also hard to hate her too as you can clearly see there was some emotional and mental abuse from her husband to turn her in to what she was. camera

It was a great concept for the book. Points of views from the people accused and what happens after they are accused in all parts of their lives. It could have been done so much better. I was disappointed as this book had a lot of hype around it. Hopefully Fiona Barton’s next book isn’t as boring as this one.

If you like these thrillers and don’t mind a slower plot this one is totally for you. If you want fast paced completely avoid it.


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