Book Review of The Widow

The Widow
The Widow
Author: Fiona Barton
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Book Type: Hardcover
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Book Description
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...

My Review
This was a debut novel by Fiona Barton. I enjoyed Barton's writing very much but I don't agree that this book was as intense as Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train. However, the characters were well-developed but it really wasn't a mystery or thriller as the kidnapper/murderer was exposed in the very beginning. It does have a surprise ending which I did not anticipate. The subject matter of a child abduction is not one of my favorites but this book did give some insight into the thought pattern and behavior of the perpetrator which I found very revealing and made for an interesting read. I would recommend this book to those who like to read books that focus on certain behaviors by predators.