Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Review: The Widow by Fiona Barton

The Widow by Fiona Barton

Publishing Date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Pages: 336 pages
Psychological Thriller

The Premise from the Publisher: "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" (Penguin Random House). 

My overall thoughts and review: When I got a package in the mail that had an arc of this book in an evidence bag with a pack of skittles, I was instantly intrigued. I'm a big fan of psychological thrillers and I tore into this book immediately! The narrative moves from past/present offering the reader a look into Jean's relationship with her husband and the dark secrets that take place in a marriage. The big case that the book surrounds is that of a missing child and how Jean's husband was associated with it. The text also deals with how she had to stand by his side during the time he was under the microscope and how interviewers and the media work in this situation. We get to see things from the Reporter's point of view which I really enjoyed and it offers something different that not a lot of books do, since they always focus on the negative side of the media. Ultimately, what this book tackles is marriage. What does it mean to be married? Do you stand by the side of your husband even if you have doubts? What limits must one go to? The text kept twisting and turning and keeping me on the edge of my seat and I was completely blown away with the outcome. I don't want to say too much to risk spoiling it, but like the premise from the publisher states, if you were a fan of The Girl on the Train and even Gone Girl, I think you will definitely enjoy this read! It focuses on marriage, interpersonal relationships, identity, abductions and what comes after for a "widow" like Jean. Also.. small tip, don't eat skittles or candy of any sort while reading :P

My rating of the book:  (4/5 stars) 

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Disclaimer: An advanced reader's copy of this book was sent to me by Penguin Canada for consideration/review. All opinions are my own. 

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