Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Widow by Fiona Barton 324 pages

Jean Taylor’s husband, poor thing, has died. Now she doesn’t have to put up with anymore of his nonsense. Nonsense as in being accused, tried, and acquitted of kidnapping and murdering a child. Now that he’s gone, the world wants to know if he did it and if she knew.

With multiple narrators, none of which are likeable or even trustworthy, The Widow focuses on the widow Jean and what she may or may not know about what really happened to little Bella. Although the subject matter is dark, it seems almost an afterthought: there’s no gore, overt violence, or graphic details. The real story seems to lie with a suddenly free (since poor Glen got hit by a bus) Jean who must navigate life without her controlling and emotionally abusive husband.

Still, I enjoyed this book. It was well written and even if the characters leave much to be desired, you still want to know what happens to them.

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