The Widow

The Widow

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A loving husband or a heartless killer...she'd know, wouldn't she?

There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with accusing glares and anonymous harassment. Now her husband is dead, and there's no reason to stay quiet. People want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them 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. For the reporter who has secured the exclusive interview, this is the scoop of a lifetime. For the detective who has lived a half-life since he failed to get justice for the victim, it is a chance to get at the truth that has eluded him for so long. For Jean, it's a chance to defend herself, what she knew--and when.
     This is the tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the main suspect, the detective leading the hunt, and the journalist covering the case. It's a brilliantly ominous, psychologically acute portrait of a marriage in crisis--perfect for fans of The Silent Wife and The Girl on the Train .
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Penguin,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780143197607
Characteristics: 324 pages


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ehbooklover Jun 03, 2016

This book is hard to pigeonhole into one specific genre. It is not simply a psychological thriller, it is also a character study and the examination of a troubled marriage. The story is told by many different characters and chapters jump between various time periods. A dark and disturbing read wh... Read More »

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Jan 01, 2018

I thought it was fantastic-loved the writing and the storyline. I'm also attracted to books set in the UK, so that was a bonus for me.

Sep 30, 2017

I really don't understand why this book is so highly rated. Admittedly, Barton creates interesting characters and her writing is quite easy to read (barring an annoying tendency to jump back and forth between first and third person narrators). But this is allegedly a mystery novel. There ought to be suspense. There ought to be twists and turns. Something ought to be thrilling or at least surprising. Nothing is. It's just a mundane walk through a rather horrible topic.*

I read this after reading her next offering, The Child. At least The Child had a plot twist, even if you could see it coming a mile away. The Widow had nothing. It's not a bad book, but there are so many better books out there that you'd be better off reading one of them.

*I read true crime. The fact that this was about the investigation of a missing toddler was not why I didn't get into this book.

CRRL_MegRaymond Sep 25, 2017

Now that her husband is dead, Jean no longer has to play supportive wife to a not-nice husband. But will she tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

Sep 22, 2017

very suspenseful, well-written

Aug 24, 2017

Excellent book!!! Loved the story and twists it took, very well written. A little hard to keep track of where you are in the story because each chapter is a different character and date, but overall very good. Can't wait to read her next one.

Jul 26, 2017

Excellent book!!!

JCLHeatherB Jul 05, 2017

Very predictable. Lacks the plot twists or surprises one expects from a good mystery or thriller. I was also unimpressed with the characterizations. No one seemed to have much of a personality, and I was surprised that the main character, The Widow, was only in her 30s. She seemed like she was about 60 years old. Maybe the very 1990s approach to technology contributed to that, too.

Jun 20, 2017

This story could have been told in half the pages. The story went back and in forth in time and character focus but none of the characters were well-developed. In the end the outcome was exactly what I expected from the beginning.

Jun 08, 2017

I'm surprised I finished this book. No likeable characters, esp. the husband who has a thing for young (very young) children. No redemption at the end of the book either. Skip it.

Mar 23, 2017

Three perspectives about the abduction of a little girl from her backyard as told by a journalist, the mother and a detective on the case. This book was not very suspenseful to me nor was it compelling. I would not recommend.

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Jan 03, 2017

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siammarino May 12, 2016

Jean is brainwashed by her husband to keep quiet about his child pornography, but when he dies after abducting and killing a toddler named Bella, she breaks free of his grip. Exciting to the last page. A good psychological thriller.


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