The Good Widow: A Novel by Liz FentonThe Good Widow: A Novel by Liz Fenton

The Good Widow: A Novel

byLiz Fenton, Lisa Steinke

Paperback | June 1, 2017

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Amazon Charts bestselling authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke make their suspense debut in this twisty, emotional thriller.

Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone.

For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman—one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancé. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise.

Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death…

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for more than twenty-five years. They’ve survived high school, college, and the publishing of three novels together. Liz lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, daughter, and...
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Title:The Good Widow: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 1, 2017Publisher:Amazon PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling, gripping, fantastic read! Gripping, suspenseful, deceitful. Oh the lies! I loved this book! Jacqueline Morales (known as Jacks) is an elementary school teacher. Her husband is gone to Kansas on a work business trip and she hears a knock on her door one day. Jacks opens the door to two police officers who have some devastating news. Her husband has been in a car accident and was found dead – in Hawaii… and he was not alone… Devastated by the news of the death of her husband, Jacks is also confused as to why he was found in Hawaii. That can’t be possible… They must be mistaken… Her husband was in Kansas. Or was he? And to be told he wasn’t alone but was with someone else? Jacks is not sure how that is possible. Did her husband lie to her? And if it was him in Hawaii, why was he there and who was he with? Jacks has a lot of unanswered questions, on top of dealing with the recent news of her husband’s death. After laying her husband to rest, Jacks gets another visitor at her door. It is a man who introduces himself as Nick, the fiance of the woman who was found dead in Hawaii with her husband. Both Jacks and Nick have no idea why their significant others were together, in Hawaii, and want answers to what happened on that fateful night. Nick suggests they both fly to Hawaii and retrace the steps that their significant others took to get some answers – visit the hotel and ask the locals if they have seen the couple together and go from there. Even visiting the location where the “accident” took place, claiming both their lives. As the story continues, secrets are revealed and lies are exposed, and everything is not as it seems. Be sure to buckle yourself in for this bumpy roller coaster of a ride, and you will not be disappointed. There are a lot of twists and turns, and oh my gosh moments that I was definitely not expecting. Wait until the very end, where the biggest shock of all is revealed. I loved reading this book it was fantastic from beginning to end. It was hard to put down and I recommend this book for all, especially fans of thriller and suspense type books.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was alright I saw this twist coming from the beginning. Interesting concept, but kind of flimsy.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read Overall, it was a good novel, however, the "mystery/thriller" part of the book didn't really seem to start until almost 75% in to the novel. Although I enjoyed that the book was told from two perspectives and two time frames (before and after), I found some of the back and forth in each section a bit too hard to follow at times
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! The Good Widow, a novel written by the writing duo of Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, was one of my most anticipated releases for June. This read is the perfect one for a summer at the beach or to binge read in your PJs. From the first pages, I was completely hooked. The novel opens an unnamed couple driving off into the sunset. Flash forward, we meet an elementary teacher, Jacks, getting the news every wife fears. Her husband, James, is dead. He died in a car crash in Maui. The problem is, James was supposed to be in Kansas on business. As Jacks receives more information surrounding his death, she is absolutely shocked. He was in Maui with a woman. A woman he was having an affair with. As Jacks learns her marriage is not as it appeared, she finds herself connecting with a man, Nick, who knocks on her door and is, ironically, the fiancé of the James’ lover, Dylan. The pair decides to head to Maui and find answers but the ones she finds, may not be the ones she is ready for…. I am a complete sucker for any sort of domestic thriller. This one had me ticking all my boxes Likeable protagonist? Check! Scandal? Check! Secrets and betrayal? Check! Fenton and Steinke do a superb job at hooking the reader and dragging them slowly and meticulously throughout the plot. I loved the way they chose to narrate the tale by giving both women’s (Jacks and Dylan) perspectives both before and after. I kept asking myself throughout, “Before what??!! After what??!! The crash? Something else??!!” Each chapter helps to set the stage for the affair, the state of Jack’s and James’ marriage and the eventual events leading up to the fatal crash. I loved that this one had me guessing and constantly predicting what I felt was going to happen. In the end, I was correct, but Fenton and Steinke did an amazing job at making me second-guess myself continuously! The Good Widow would be perfect for fans of the domestic thriller genre that like something a little lighter: think, The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle or It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell. I also feel like Mary Kubica fans will love this novel! I gave it 5/5 stars.
Date published: 2017-06-02