The Widow by Fiona Barton

Everyone wants the story. What did she know? Glen Taylor, the prime suspect in a child abduction case gone cold, has been dead a week and his reclusive widow Jean Taylor is finally ready to talk. At least to Kate Waters, the cunning journalist who gets Jean to open up (to a point) and maybe with some luck to Detective Bob Sparkes, the lead investigator on a four-year-old case he can’t let go. But can we trust what Jean says? Who is manipulating whom? And where is Bella Elliot, the two-year-old taken from her front garden one afternoon when her mother left her on her own for “just a few minutes”? 

Told from the perspective of the widow, her husband, the journalist, the detective, and Bella’s mother, The Widow is a suspenseful tale of an unspeakable crime and the dynamics of a marriage fraught with secrets. I read the book in a couple of sittings and was so engrossed at one point that I nearly missed my bus stop. It’ll have you questioning what you believe to be true until the final pages and even after. I don’t know if The Widow (both the book and the character) tells us the whole story, but it’s a satisfying read and a thrilling debut novel.

Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada, who sent me an advance copy of The Widow. All opinions are my own. 

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  1. Creative Cat

    Sounds like a real page turner!

    1. try small things

      Oh it is! Put me in the mood to read more thrillers, CC!

  2. Phyllis Anderson

    It is going on my must read list. Thanks for the review, always enjoy YOUR writing.

    1. try small things

      Thanks Mom! ❤️

  3. Catherine Burden

    I just loved the book, looking forward to her next one.

    1. try small things

      Me too, Catherine! I had it for a few months before I started it (when I read it centred around a child abduction I wasn’t such if I could stomach it) but once I did, I couldn’t put it down! I hope this is the first of many.

  4. Joy Mills (@Jemrah1)

    i look forward to reading The Widow !

    1. try small things

      There’s so much I want to say without saying too much, you know? Love to chat with you about it when you’ve had the chance to read it! 🙂

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