The Other Widow: A Novel by Susan CrawfordThe Other Widow: A Novel by Susan Crawford

The Other Widow: A Novel

bySusan Crawford

Paperback | April 26, 2016

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“It isn’t safe.” That’s what Joe tells her when he ends their affair—seconds before a passing car on an icy road in a blinding snowstorm sends them skidding into a tree. Nearly run down as she struggles from the wreckage, Dorrie is desperate—not only to keep her own marriage intact, but to figure out if someone’s trying to kill her.

Karen knew her husband was cheating, but Joe’s death has left her in free fall. Trying to rebuild her life and cope with grief is devastating enough without the constant fear that someone is watching her, knows her secrets . . .

Insurance investigator Maggie Devlin is suspicious of the latest claim that’s landed on her desk—a man dying on an icy road shortly after buying a sizable life insurance policy. The former cop doesn’t believe in coincidences and knows that things—and people—are never what they seem.

Soon layers of lies and deception begin to peel away, pushing these three women closer to each other . . . and a terrifying truth.

Title:The Other Widow: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006245868X

ISBN - 13:9780062458681

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Second novel from Crawford 3.5 I really enjoyed Susan Crawford's debut novel - The Pocket Wife. The Other Widow is her new novel. Dorrie has been having an affair with her boss Joe. On the night he decides to end it, the car they are sitting in is hit. Desperate to not have her husband find out about the affair, Dorrie runs. Sure that Joe is dead she calls 911, but when the EMTs arrive, there is no Joe. Joe's wife Karen is on her way home after a night out with a friend, sharing her suspicions that her husband has been having an affair, when she spies what looks like Joe's car - smashed. Maggie, a former cop turned insurance investigator, is assigned the claim. She thinks there's much more to it than meets the eye. Well, she's right - there are secrets bubbling beneath the surface for all three women. Will they stay hidden or come to light? What happened to Joe? Why? He too kept secrets. And someone out there knows them. Crawford keeps the reader guessing as we see the story through three pairs of eyes, each with their own agenda. Crawford delves deeper into relationships in this book, giving these subjects equal time with the mystery plot line. Personally, I prefer a faster driven novel when I think 'psychological suspense.' I just didn't like either Dorrie or Karen and felt no sympathy for either of them. Maggie I liked very much. She seemed 'real' and I empathized with her struggles with PTSD. I liked her dogged determination to solve the crime, falling back on her old professional skills. I think Maggie has more stories to tell and hope that Crawford considers bringing her back in future novels. I had my suspicions as to 'whodunit' and was proven correct by the end. The run up to the final pages seemed a bit rushed. I found the plot a little convoluted and overly convenient in parts. But that didn't deter me from turning pages to see where Crawford would take things.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read The Other Widow is not only suspenseful and mysterious, but it provides an emotional exploration of grief, love, jealousy, and forgiveness among several characters. The women in the novel were well developed, and the storyline kept me reading much past my bedtime!
Date published: 2016-04-06