Book Review: The Widow by Fiona Barton

widowGoodreads Book Description:

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that 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…


My Thoughts:

Have you ever felt completely disillusioned by a book that you had high hopes for? If you have, the disappointment can leave you feeling dumbfounded and deflated. And those two words perfectly describe my feelings for this book. The Widow is pitched as the perfect read if you like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. I haven’t read Gone Girl but I have read The Girl on the Train, I didn’t like it but I was still hopeful for this book.

Processed with VSCO with e1 presetI don’t frequently read mystery/thriller novels so I might be a little out of base here, but you would think that some sort of mystery would be included as a fundamental base for such novels. But there was no mystery here, you know from the beginning what happened. So I read on in hopes that maybe there’s some type of surprise but there wasn’t. This story never gripped me and I feel like I had a permanent “Huh?” expression on my face the whole time reading. I feel cheated. The more I think about, the more upset I get because this story was definitely drawn out super thin.

Jean, the widow, is supportive and stands by her husband Glen who is suspected and charged of a hideous crime. She in my opinion is a horrible judge of character. Time after time Glen convinces her to believe he is innocent and a great guy. I feel like she could’ve done more but she lets herself be manipulated by her husband. She even knowingly covers for him. Even after her husband’s death she “thinks” she in control but get pushed and ordered around by a snoopy reporter. A reporter who barges into her house like she’s welcomed and later on in the book basically kidnaps Jean so that no one else gets the story.

By the time it ended I was just ‘eh’ about it. I’m not a DNFing kind of gal but this book really had me thinking on changing my mind.

My Rating: ⭐️

What are your views on DNFing books? Let me know & till next time!



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