The Widow by Fiona Barton
We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.
But what about the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the woman who stands by him?
Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.
Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.
But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.
Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.
Du Maurier's REBECCA meets WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and GONE GIRL in this intimate tale of a terrible crime.
'My book of the year so far' C. L. Taylor, author of THE LIE
This slow burn psychological thriller kept me fully engaged and turning pages to find out what really happened. It is told in alternating perspectives of the key players: The Widow, The Reporter, The Detective, The Mother, and The Husband. Each had their own agenda and were at times, unreliable narrators. I never knew quite what to make of Jean (The Widow). She was the most unreliable and I felt she was hiding something from the start, but I wasn't sure what it was. She was a strongly written, weak character.
Although this novel deals with a horrific crime, it does not include graphic descriptions of the crime. No blood and guts here. No descriptions of assault. The focus is more on the relationships between the characters and the procedure within the police and press when trying to solve a major crime.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
- Where: NetGalley
- Format: ebook